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Outings & Overnight

Day Outings

Explore Minnesota with international students!

We want to offer volunteers fun interactions with international students and scholars this summer. There is a high demand to leave behind the classrooms and explore nature, parks, and fun activities outside. If you are looking to meet new international students, will you consider taking 2 or more international students with you on a day outing this summer?

Why this activity?

It is strategic and fruitful to spend quality time with international students. Through driving, eating, hiking, or experiencing something together, we create conversational space. The destination is not as important as sharing it together equally. We encourage you to take international friends around “hot spots” in Minnesota. A practical example is going up to Duluth for the day.

How does one go about gathering a group?

After you and HCC discuss options and fix a date and destination, the size of your group will be determined based on your capacity. Then HCC will publicize and secure advance registrations for the opportunity, and we encourage you to invite those from your network also. Typically an outing fills, but if registrations are low, HCC will consult with you in a timely manner. Email Kim to get the process rolling!

Will HCC pay for the outing?

Perhaps not entirely, but we would love to support you in creative ways. We’ll start by providing a pre-paid gas card. In addition, we can fundraise for water bottles, snacks and/or other complementary items and are open to paying for a parking or entrance fee to a park or museum.

Do you have any trip recommendations?

Certainly! Before listing them below, please feel free to create your own travel destination within Minnesota, subject to approval, to a different location you would like to share with international students!

  • Red Wing, Stockholm, or Lake Pepin
  • Taylor’s Falls
  • The North Shore
  • Any state park!
  • Farm
  • Orchard
  • Winter Activity (skiing, sledding, ice fishing, or ice skating)

Overnight Trips

These are special trips at HCC. Although we see beautiful sites, explore nature, and have fun, these trips are about community. Overnight trips provide what day outings and other activities cannot: a variety of quality time through driving, eating, exploring, living, cooking, and talking together. Overnights provide more time and space for relationships to begin. Consider joining us in a support or leadership role with a medium sized group of international students.

Examples of overnights trips are the following:

  • Chicago in the late Spring
  • Itasca State Park in the Fall
  • Grand Portage in the Summer
  • Duluth anytime of the year
  • Ely during the Summer