SCC Study Abroad Students Back from Ecuador and Plans Set for France 2019

SCC Study Abroad Students Back from Ecuador
and Plans Set for France 2019

Amazon Forest
The students stop for a quick pose before heading out for a hike through the Amazon Forest. Pictured from left to right: Jonniefer Sellars, Patricia Horner, Valerie Woolen, Michaela Efird, Aleia Bowman, Liane Honeycutt, Hector Rubio and Megan Pope.
Devil's Cauldron
Students were able to visit the Pailon del Diablo (Devil's Cauldron), one of the most striking waterfalls of the Amazon rainforest, in the heart of the Andes Mountains.
Andes Mountain
Landscape with fields in the Andes Mountains, outside of the city of Riobamba.
Cuenca is a beautiful colonial city in the middle of the Andes Mountains that you can see at the end of many of the streets.
The group hiked 444 steps in the city of Guayaquil to see the Santa Ana lighthouse and climbed on top of it to have a whole view of the city.
Middle of the World
The Middle of the World Monument is right outside of Quito, and it literally indicates that you are on latitude 0’0, hence right in the middle of the world.
Quito is the capital of Ecuador, which is located in a valley that has wonderful architecture from the 18th century.
San Pedro
San Pedro de Alausí is a village in the Andes Mountains.
Santa Ana
Santa Ana is the port where we could see the panorama of the city.
Devil's Nose
The group took a train to the Nariz del Diablo, the “Devil’s Nose” mountain from San Pedro de Alausí and witnessed breathtaking views and landscapes from the Andes Mountains.

Stanly Community College (SCC) 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 first-hand 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," Mrs. Honeycutt commented. "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 aboard 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," Mrs. Honeycutt said.

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