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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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FEBRUARY 2013
61
AFSA NEWS
AFSA NEWS
AFSA Financial Aid College
Scholarship Application Deadline
Is March 6
AFSA members’ children have until March 6 to apply
for an AFSA undergraduate, need-based scholarship
for the 2013-2014 school year.  Awards range from
$1,500 to $4,000 and are for full-time students
enrolled in a U.S. or overseas two or four-year
institution. For details, please go to
www.afsa.org/
scholar o
r contact AFSA Scholarship Director Lori
Dec at
dec@afsa.org o
r (202) 944-5504.
I have been a Foreign Service
family member since 1978.
My husband, David W. Hess,
is a retired U.S. Agency for
International Development
Foreign Service ofcer and
current AFSA member. We
are both passionate about
Semester at Sea.
I have been associated
with the Semester at Sea
program since the fall of
1966, when I spent a junior-
year semester circumnavi-
gating the globe on the
S.S.
Ryndam
. In those days, the
program was called the Uni-
versity of the Seven Seas and
Chapman College in Orange,
Calif., was the academic
sponsor.
Today, the Institute for
Shipboard Education admin-
isters Semester at Sea, the
ship is the
M.V. Explorer
and
the academic sponsor is the
University of Virginia. This
year, the program is celebrat-
ing its 50th anniversary.
AFSA is proud to be a partner
with ISE/SAS, and grateful
for their sponsorship of our
High School Essay Contest
by providing a semester at
sea to the frst place winner.
Now that you have the
background, let me entice
you with the SAS Lifelong
Learner Program and Enrich-
ment Voyages—both ofering
exciting educational travel
opportunities for FS-types.
The SAS Lifelong Learn-
ing Program provides adult
learners the opportunity to
join the SAS academic com-
munity. Lifelong learners are
participants 40 years of age
or older who desire to study
with bright and enthusiastic
undergraduate students from
around the world and include
retirees, professionals on
leave or simply adventurous
travelers.
Lifelong learners par-
ticipate in undergraduate
courses, attend feld excur-
sions, serve as mentors
to undergraduates, conduct
seminars in their respective
areas of expertise and add
a valuable generational ele-
ment to class discussions.
For more on the program,
please see
www.semesterat-
sea.org/lifelonglearning.
Are You a Lifelong Learner?
Enrichment Voyages,
of shorter duration, ofer a
unique travel-and-learn voy-
age program that connects
you to fascinating destina-
tions and topics worldwide.
The program features some
of the world’s leading instruc-
tors and experts in history,
culture, marine studies, the
environment and the arts,
and ofers feld experiences
and service trips for all ages.
To view upcoming itineraries,
please see
http://enrich-
mentvoyages.org.
For decades, Foreign Ser-
vice ofcers have provided in-
port and inter-port lectures
to SAS voyagers. David and
I have enjoyed Enrichment
Voyages and Alumni Reunion
Voyages (including the recent
reunion in January), during
which we give volunteer lec-
tures on the Foreign Service
to the shipboard community.
Each time we come of the
ship we plot our next oppor-
tunity to sail! If your interest
is piqued (and you wonder
what Unreasonable at Sea is)
please feel free to contact me
at
ayerst@afsa.org.
or visit
www.semesteratsea.org.
n
Archbishop Desmond
Tutu, with ISE President
Les McCabe, joins the SAS
Spring 2013 voyage to
Cape Town as a mentor as
part of the Unreasonable
at Sea project.
The
M.V. Explorer
docked
in Ensenada, Mexico,
during the January Alumni
Reunion Voyage.
ACT I VE AFTER ACT I VE- DUTY
BY DONNA AYERST,
AFSA NEWS
EDI TOR