Meet other students and host families for an international buffet and games. Students will prepare a dish from their home country and host families will bring an American dish. All tableware, including chopsticks, and serving spoons are provided. We will take a group photo and maybe play some group or table games. This event is hosted by our sponsoring church, Hinkletown Mennonite and takes place in the fellowship hall.
LANCASTER COUNTY AMISH TOUR
A drive through scenic Lancaster County will introduce you to the Amish way of life. Our day will include stops at the Mennonite Information Center, National Christmas Center, a farmers' market, and an Amish farm.
At the Mennonite Information Center we will view a film and walk through an exhibit telling the history of the Mennonite religion. There is an excellent bookstore with accurate books about the Mennonites and Amish. The gift shop has craft items from around the world. These are "Fair Trade" items and any purchase you make directly benefits the producer.
The National Christmas Museum exhibits explain American and European Christmas traditions. The displays are created with antique Christmas ornaments and items used in traditional Christmas celebrations. Meet Santa and get your picture taken. (they charge a fee for this) See the Christian nativities from around the world.
Amish and Mennonite vendors sell food and crafts at the farmers' market. You can buy something for lunch here, like soup and a sandwich or cookies, fruit and snacks. You can sample traditional cider, pickles and baked bread. The basement has t-shirts, postcards and other things that vistors often like. This is your free time to explore the market.
At the Amish farm, meet the family, pet the cats and have a buggy ride. We will eat a traditional Amish wedding supper. Afterward the family will sing for us. If you have a song to sing or a poem to recite in your native language, the family would love to hear it.
Please wear comfortable shoes for walking and no short skirts for girls as the Amish family is very traditional. We will eat our evening meal around 4:00. This tour is open to the Harrisburg CIH students and to all host families.
This tour is complimentary for all registered CIH students. Host familes are welcome to join this tour. The fee is $40 for adults. $30 for children under 12,
WASHINGTON DC TOUR
A full day of sightseeing on your own in Washington DC! We will ride the Metro downtown and use Old Town Trolley Tours to see the monuments, Capitol and White House. The trolley runs continuously and you can get on and off as many times as you wish. Dinner is at Union Station.
This tour has lots of outdoor walking. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing (coat, hat, scarf, gloves) Bring money for meals/snacks, shopping and to tip your driver. We suggest that you bring a minimum of $50 for transportation fees.
Host families are welcome to join this tour.
PHILADELPHIA CITY TOUR
You will travel by car to Philadelphia and meet one of our host parents who used to be a tourguide in the historic district of Philadelphia. The tour is based on the interests and enthusiasm of the group, so each tour is different! In the past the group has seen the Liberty Bell and Independance Hall and has had a carriage ride through the historic district.
This tour has lots of outdoor walking. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing (coat, hat, scarf, gloves). Bring money for entrance fees, meals/snacks, shopping and to tip your driver. We suggest $50.
NEW YORK CITY TOUR
This tour is based on the interests and enthusiasm of the group, so each tour is different!
This tour has lots of outdoor walking. Wear comfortable shoes and warm clothing (coat, hat, scarf, gloves). Bring money for entrance fees, meals/snacks, shopping and to tip your driver. We suggest a minimum of $50.