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International Travel & Study

Earn academic credit by traveling to various countries to learn about and take part in regional cultures, and study the archaeology, anthropology, and history of indigenous peoples. Field trips are designed, arranged, and led by long-time Centralia College professor and experienced traveler Greg van Alstyne. Every effort is made to assure quality, safety, and affordability. For more information, contact Greg van Alstyne,, 736-9391 ext. 552.

2013-14 International Travel

Cambodia statues


Departure: June 24, 2014
Cost: $3000

It could easily be the trip of a lifetime for most people when Centralia College professors lead the summer study/travel program to mysterious Cambodia. This year, Dr. Steve Norton, professor of biology, joins veteran travel guide Dr. Greg van Alstyne in leading the tour to one of the most intriguing countries in Southeast Asia.

The study/travel team will leave June 24 for 25 days of exploration, visiting exotic and sacred sites including the monumental 12th century temple complex of Angkor Wat temple in Siem Reap.

Travelers will visit the fortified 13th Century city of Angkor Thom containing the spectacular monuments including the Bayon, Baphuon, the Royal Enclosure, and the Terrace of Elephants; everything is on a grand scale here. The group will then continue on to the jungle-clad Ta Prohm temple. The trip also offers a backpack trek in Virachey National Park, camping in the jungle and lodging at indigenous villages.

Trekkers will travel by long-tail boat along the Mekong River, one of the Asia’s longest, in search of the rare Irrawaddy dolphins. You will pass through tropical rain forests and grasslands and snorkel the colorful coral reefs and mangroves in the Gulf of Thailand.

Norton will describe the diverse natural environments and wildlife that you encounter throughout the trip.

Van Alystne will immerse you in traditional culture, provide insights into the social and historical development of the region and touch on the influence of the French and other cultures.

The initial cost of the trip is $3,000, which includes most travel and meals during home stays or treks.

For more information, contact van Alystne,, (360) 736-9391, ext. 552, or Steve Norton,, ext. 261.