The students went to Greece in the beginning of April and saw the sites with the help of one of three Christian tour guides in the country. After arriving in Athens, they stayed in the town of Koropi, LeMaire said. The group then visited the ancient city of Athens, Mars Hill and the acropolis of Corinth. The temple at Delphi was also among the many ancient sites they visited, he said.
“We got to see a lot of stuff that connects with the Bible,” Green said of the group’s visit to Corinth — her favorite throughout the trip — where they saw the roads that Paul the Apostle walked upon.
The students also took a one-day cruise to see the islands of Hydra, Poros and Aegina, LeMaire said.
In order to pay for the trip, students began raising funds in April 2010, Fowler said.
“We had a spaghetti dinner, bake sales and did baby-sitting,” she said. The students also had a garage sale and fundraising events at Pizza Ranch in Muskegon.
The five students raised a total of $21,000 for the trip, including $600 they had to contribute on their own, Hyink said.
Batchelder said that the tour guide greatly helped to make the trip more informative.
“We all learned a ton,” she said. “He helped to clarify and enhance our (cultural understanding) of Greece.”