A-level Geographers explore volcanic hotspots in Sicily

40 Geography students visited Sicily on the College’s biannual international trip, seeing in real life what they have spent the year studying in the classroom.

The aim of the trip was to allow students to see a diverse range of physical and human landscapes, and each day was action-packed to allow them to do this. One of the highlights for the group was going up Mount Etna via cable car and snow jeep to explore the volcanic landscape of one of the most active volcanoes in Europe. At the foot of Mount Etna, the students visited the town of Taormina, which had an impressive Greek amphitheater.

Students also took a ferry from Sicily to the Aeolian Islands, a volcanic archipelago. Here they took in the sights of Lipari and Vulcano. Vulcano is still an active volcano, which allowed students to see active solfataras, hot springs, and boiling mud.

In addition to the sights, the Geographers also experienced a lesson in how to make authentic Italian pizza, which was enjoyed by all!

Course Team Leader for Geography Thomas Seale said: “The students were excellent ambassadors for the College, and I know they all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in another country and to see an active volcano and experience the Sicilian way of life.”

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