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If you've got a case of wanderlust or are a college student looking to earn some credits over the summer break, the University of Guam is offering a unique guided tour through Southeast Asia that will leave your Facebook and Instagram followers drooling in envy.

If experience is truly the best teacher, it's time to close the books. UOG philosophy professor Dr. Kim Skoog explained, "I find that talking about something and actually seeing it are two different things. As long as we're so close to Asia, the University of Guam offers a unique opportunity for students to go and travel to some of these places you read about and think about." For years, Skoog has been offering these guided tours. In the past, they've traveled to China, India, and Tibet, and for the first time ever, Southeast Asia this summer.

"I went through 15 years of education and it was really only when I moved to Guam and started teaching here that I was able to travel to India and other places," he continued. "That's when I really felt like I knew the material because I saw it. I was living religion, I was living philosophy. Plus you see the famous places you read about and you actually see them and take photographs."

The trip isn't limited to his philosophy 481 students, but open to all community members. Skoog is looking to take at least a group of 20 this summer with travel dates anticipated to be May 23 through June 6. Participants would be required to pay an estimated $3,000 for the cost of travel, but that's a steal of a deal thanks to discounts from group rates.

"Basically, we'll be going someplace new every day. The two big spots - the two most famous places are Angkor Wat, and Myanmar or Burma," said the professor.

And already, philosophy and English student Ruffa Romero is excited for the itinerary ahead, saying, "Personally I'm going on this trip because I'm taking a course in Buddhism with Dr. Skoog. And you can't get the out of class experience until you step outside of it. I'm especially looking forward to visiting Buddhist temples, monasteries and pegodas," Romero said.

For more information, call Dr. Skoog at 735-2800. A meeting for all interested participants is also scheduled for Monday, March 23 at 3:30 the UOG Health and Social Sciences Building.

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