Summer Program Activities

Blues and Jazz FestivalChicagoSt Louis ArchAmish Stable

ISPEL arranges fieldtrips and activities during the week which are included in the program fee. These activities are designed to provide insight into American culture, help students acclimate to and learn about Springfield and central Illinois, and improve students’ communicative abilities as they interact with different people in many different settings. It is expected that students will actively participate in the activities.

Students will have the opportunity to help plan the day trips to ensure they are able to visit sites they are interested in. All activities are chaperoned by a member of ISPEL or UIS staff.

Tentative Schedule for Summer 2010:

Week Fieldtrips & Activities
1 Tour of SpringfieldVisit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum, Old Capitol, and Lincoln’s home
2 Visit a local farmer’s marketTour Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana Thomas House
3 4th of July Barbeque at an American home & see the fireworks displayTake a walking architectural tour of downtown
4 Day trip to St. Louis
5 Attend a baseball gameDay trip to Amish country (visit the museum, farm, factory, and have a traditional Amish lunch)
6 Visit a flag lowering ceremony at Lincoln’s Tomb and see a civil war reenactment
7 Overnight trip to Chicago
8 Farewell Party