Travel With OCC

Discover the "World of the Maya" on a Trip to Mexico

Travel Dates:  March 22 – 30, 2014

Registration Deadline:  January 7, 2014

OCC’s World of the Maya Travel Seminar to Mexico is an exciting 9 day/ 8 night archaeological, cultural, and ecological journey, led by a Maya archaeologist, Prof. Christine Kitchin, to some of the most impressive and beautiful ancient Maya ruins, living Maya villages, and wildlife sanctuaries of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.  This year, the trip runs over OCC’s Spring Break, from March 22 – 30, 2014.  This travel-to-learn experience is open to adult community members and college students on a credit or non-credit basis.  The detailed daily itinerary and application can be downloaded below.

Join us as we explore major archaeological sites, including Uxmal, Chichen Itza, Coba, Mayapan, and newly-excavated Ek Balam, and visit lovely Spanish colonial towns and living Maya villages and markets.  In addition, you will meet with a practicing Maya shaman for a blessing ceremony, swim in ancient Maya cenotes, have lunch with a traditional Maya family in a thatched-roof Maya home, take a boat trip through a wild flamingo reserve, and stay at a resort on a white sand Caribbean beach that is a sanctuary for wild sea turtles.

This nearly all-inclusive trip includes round trip direct flights on United Airlines, all hotels, shuttle to and from the airport from OCC, 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners, Mexican ground transportation in private air-conditioned vans, all admissions and guided tours, meal tips, taxes, and OCC tuition and fees.   Registration deadline is January 7, 2014.  Space is limited.  Participants must be at least 18 years of age and out of high school.  (Not included are personal expenses, airline baggage fees, meals while flying to and from Mexico, and any tips, activities, or services not specifically listed on the itinerary.)

Seminar leader Christine Kitchin, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Ocean County College, is an archaeologist/anthropologist who conducted 13 years of research at the ancient Maya site of Copan.  She is fluent in Spanish and has studied and traveled extensively throughout the Maya world.  This is her sixth World of the Maya Travel Seminar for OCC.

Cost: $2,769 (Ocean County residents); $2,865 (Out-of-County residents); $3,111 (Out-of-State residents); $445 (Optional Single Room Supplement).

For more information contact Prof. Kitchin at or 732-255-0400 X2421.

Download Application and Itinerary (pdf)

Experience the British Theatre with Ocean County College

Experience the British theater on Ocean County College's 35th Annual Theatre in London Seminar/Trip: January 5-17, 2014.  Trip participants will take a backstage tour and see 10-12 plays at the famous Royal National Theater, the West End, and the Fringe.  The trip also features talk-back sessions with actors, directors, playwrights, and designers, with ample free time for sightseeing, museums, shopping, and world-class restaurants!  Registration Deadline: October 4, 2013.

Members of the community are welcome to participate on a non-credit basis.  Students will be enrolled for three college credits.  A number of scholarships are available for OCC students.

"This trip is an incredible treat for theatre lovers," exclaimed Carolyn Schuham, Boulder, CO.

"This trip is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about every aspect of theatre and have great fun while doing it!" raved Cyndee Gary, Toms River, NJ.

The tour package includes: round trip airfare on United Airlines, 11 nights accommodations at the Grafton Hotel, full English breakfast daily, theatre tickets, day trip to Stratford-Upon-Avon, round trip airport transfers, most tips, taxes, OCC instruction, and tuition and fees.

Not included: lunch and dinner, personal expenses, trip cancellation insurance, and any items not specifically listed.

Cost: $3,975 per person, double occupancy.

Single room supplement: $728.  Out-of-county fee: $96.  Out-of-state fee: $342.

NOTE: The program cost is based on the exchange rate and the prevailing price in effect at the time of printing.  Should airfare, land costs, and the dollar/pound exchange rate become less favorable, participants may be billed accordingly.

Download Application and Itinerary (pdf)

For more information or to register for the trip, contact Gary Shaffer, Assistant Professor of Humanities, at or 732.255.0400, ext. 2296.