Stayner teen sets sail for school
Published Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:23PM EDT
Stayner's Shaelene Chapman is packing her bags for the educational adventure of a lifetime.
“I thought it was just the coolest thing, it’s like doing university but sailing around the world and travelling,” says Chapman.
She’s taking university classes aboard the SS Sorlandet, 1927 Norwegian Tall Ship, and she not just a passenger – she’s helping sail it.
“We teach everyone to sail a tall ship and they’re will be two students on the helm every hour while were underway,” says Class Afloat President David Jones.
It’s all part of the Class Afloat program that takes students from all over the world for a four to a nine month adventure at sea where they take high school or university courses taught on board while visiting 23 ports in Europe, Africa, and the Caribbean.
“Morocco for a week where we learn to ride camels and stop in the Canary Islands where we surf”, says Chapman
Shaelene and her crew leave port on Monday to begin their adventure. If you would like to find out how you can join them next semester on the high seas click here.