Events Calendar

  • Monday 7/8/24

    • Jul 8 – Jul 17
      Greece & Turkey
      Add to Calendar 2024-07-08T00:00:00 2024-07-17T00:00:00 America/New_York Yale Alumni Academy | Alluring Aegean: Bronze Age to the Byzantines: Athens to Istanbul Join us on an exclusive Aegean Sea adventure from Athens to Istanbul featuring a seven-night cruise aboard the elegant Sea Cloud II. Step ashore on stunning Greek islands. Sail onward to the Graeco-Roman sites of Asia Minor and venture to legendary Troy. Discover the fascinating history of these lands over several millennia, from the archaeological wonders of the Bronze Age to the monasteries of the Byzantine era. Begin with a night at a historic hotel in Athens, where a private, after-hours tour of the Acropolis Museum will thrill you with its wealth of ancient treasures and spectacular views of the Parthenon. Embark Sea Cloud II for your cruise, first stepping ashore on the island of Amorgos. Explore Amorgos’s thousand-year-old Byzantine monastery perched on a seaside cliff. On the enchanting Cycladic island of Santorini (Thera), visit the Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri, which, like Pompeii, was marvelously preserved under layers of volcanic ash. Sail to Patmos for special access to the cave where the exiled St. John the Evangelist wrote the Book of Revelation. On Samos, enjoy an inside look at the UNESCO-listed Heraion of Samos, the ancient sanctuary dedicated to Hera. Venture to Turkey and the ancient city of Ephesus, where you will witness the ongoing restoration of ornate ancient villas and their mosaics. After a splendid day at sea, conclude with an exploration of the fabled city of Troy, immortalized in Homer`s Iliad, before sailing to Istanbul for disembarkation. An optional Istanbul postlude is available. false
  • Friday 7/19/24

    • Jul 19 – Jul 27
      Penonome, Panama
      Add to Calendar 2024-07-19T00:00:00 2024-07-27T00:00:00 America/New_York Yale Alumni Service Corps (YASC) in Panama 2024

      Sustainable Harvest InternationalSustainable Harvest International (SHI), an environmental nonprofit with over 25 years of experience partnering with smallholder farmers to adopt regenerative practices, is excited to host YASC volunteers for a week of service this summer with two SHI partnering communities (Piedras Gordas and Bermejo). This service trip and future ones will contribute to SHI's work to train Central American farmers in farming techniques that nourish families and help restore our planet.

      Presented below is a list of projects that we anticipate offering:

      •    Community Garden - volunteers will construct a community garden and make organic fertilizers (e.g., bokashi) at the school grounds or homes of families in the community.
      •    Reforestation/Agroforestry - volunteers will help create agroforests by establishing coffee plantations and planting a variety of trees that provide food, timber, shade and carbon sequestration while restoring wildlife habitat.
      •    Regenerative Agriculture - volunteers will help establish regenerative agriculture plots to increase farm production, carbon sequestration and biodiversity through activities such as making organic fertilizers (including compost), building terraces, or erosion control measures, creating plant nurseries and planting staple crops (e.g. corn, beans, rice and medicinal plants).
      •    Light Duty Project Ideas - we are exploring a few project ideas in case the primary activities are too physically demanding for some participants.
      •    Health & Nutrition Workshop - volunteers will give a health and nutrition workshop to community members sharing information and tips on how to prepare healthy recipes with produce grown and consumed by SHI farming families.
      •    Community Signs - volunteers will paint signs raising environmental awareness to be placed throughout the school grounds and within the community.

      Additionally, there's also the possibility for some volunteers to measure impacts of the shift to agroecology on SHI farms. Depending on the skills of the volunteers, this could focus on one or more of the following: general soil testing, soil biodiversity with eDNA testing, farm biodiversity through ecoacoustic surveys, collection of coordinates for shape files for future AI assessments and measurements of carbon in soils and trees.

      For questions or further information feel free to contact trip producer Alicia Morris ’99 or João Aleixo at the YAA.

      Yale Alumni Service Corps (YASC) in Panama 2024
  • Tuesday 8/6/24

    • Aug 6 – Aug 15
      Galapagos Islands
      Add to Calendar 2024-08-06T00:00:00 2024-08-15T00:00:00 America/New_York Yale Alumni Academy | Galapagos Family Cruise Enjoy an exclusive seven-night charter of the 18-cabin Coral I, a boutique expedition yacht exploring the Galápagos. Experience a fascinating educational exploration with your Yale Study Leader, Casey Dunn and enriched by a youth coordinator and three expert local naturalist guides. Make two landings each day (in the morning and afternoon) with a delicious lunch on board in between. Throughout the cruise, the youth leader will conduct fun-filled, interactive learning activities for children of all ages. Snorkel and kayak among playful and curious sea lions by day and stargaze from deck at night. Marvel at wildlife, such as giant tortoises, marine and land iguanas, penguins, blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, mockingbirds, and the finches that made Darwin famous. Visit San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Rabida and Bartolome islands, each with its endemic species that have evolved differently from species on neighboring islands. Learn about the Galápagos Islands’ giant tortoises with visits to the Highlands Tortoise Reserve, Charles Darwin Research Station, and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. false
  • Thursday 8/15/24

    • Aug 15 – Aug 19
      Cooperstown, NY
      Add to Calendar 2024-08-15T00:00:00 2024-08-19T00:00:00 America/New_York Glimmerglass Opera Experience with Yale Alumni College Embark on an extraordinary journey into the heart of opera with Yale Alumni College`s exclusive Glimmerglass Opera Experience in charming Cooperstown, NY! Led by Yale Professor of Music, Gundula Kreuzer, this trip offers an opportunity to indulge your love for opera, culture, and camaraderie with fellow Yale alumni. false
  • Thursday 9/19/24

    • Sep 19 – Sep 27
      Italy & Croatia
      Add to Calendar 2024-09-19T00:00:00 2024-09-27T00:00:00 America/New_York Yale Alumni Academy | Adriatic Odyssey: Round-Trip Venice Aboard Sea Cloud II Embark the elegant Sea Cloud II in Venice for an unforgettable Adriatic Sea journey between the Italian and Croatian coastlines. With warm autumn breezes filling the billowing sails of the privately chartered Sea Cloud II, cruise the shimmering Adriatic to timeless towns and archaeological sites in Italy and Croatia. Savor a rare, exclusive inside look at the landmark achievements of the many cultures—from ancient Greeks and Romans to Byzantines and Venetians—who have made the Adriatic region their home. Starting in the lustrous canals of Venice, journey to Ravenna, the former capital of the Western Roman Empire, to admire the fifth- and sixth-century mosaics of its early Christian churches. Traverse the Adriatic to UNESCO-listed Dubrovnik, Croatia, one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities, which Lord Byron called “the pearl of the Adriatic.” Discover nearby Hvar, a fertile island of green mountains, Venetian fortifications, and pale stone houses surrounded by rosemary, lavender, and laurel. Step ashore in Zadar, home to historic Roman ruins, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafés, and quality museums. Further highlights include the seafront city of Pula, whose foundations date to the fifth century B.C. Experience these cities as they were centuries ago by Roman magistrates and Venetian merchant princes—by sea. false