SCC Study Abroard students return from Ecuador; plans set for France

Published 6:15 pm Sunday, August 19, 2018

Stanly Community College enjoyed another successful study abroad trip this summer.

“From July 16-25, students and community members explored Ecuador and experienced the incredible culture of one of the most environmentally diverse areas in the world,” noted Liane Honeycutt, global education coordinator at the college.

Participants were able to explore the heritage of Guayaquil, Cuenca, Riobamba, in the Andes Mountains, Punta Ahuano (Amazon) and Quito.

Students visited a cocoa plantation and experienced a ride on the Devil’s Nose train, the most popular section of Ecuador’s train tracks.

In addition, students spent time learning about the indigenous people firsthand when they met with local Quechua families.

Students were also able to view one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the region, the Pailon del Diablo (Devil’s Cauldron).

“What an incredible opportunity for the students and community members to see the world,” Honeycutt said. “Everyone had a wonderful time. The students were able to get a different perspective on academics through real-world experiences, and they learned how to communicate across cultures, become more independent, and formed new and rewarding relationships.”

Plans for the summer 2019 study abroard excursion are underway. SCC has selected France, where students and community members will learn about the rich history of this country, from the Renaissance time to the World War II era.

“This study-abroad journey promises to be historically fulfilling and breathtaking for all participants. Please join us in discovering Paris, visit the famous Renaissance castles and celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day by walking on the paths of our ancestors,” Honeycutt said.

For more information about the study abroad trip to France in 2019, contact Liane Honeycutt at 704-991-0257 or or visit