Lincoln Memorial University


J. Frank White Academy Students Travel to Peru

Harrogate, Tennessee, April 24, 2018— Nineteen travelers from the J. Frank White Academy (JFWA) of Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) visited Peru March 23-31 to tour iconic landmarks and experience local culture. 

JFWA coordinates a faculty-led spring break trip each year offering students and parents the opportunity for international travel through EF Educational Tours. The 2018 destination featured the South American sense of community, the history of the Incan people, unique foods and high altitudes. 

“While trips to Paris, London, Berlin and other popular European destinations are wonderful, beautiful and full of value, there is something so different about the Andean cosmovision, lifestyle, language and culture,” said Zach Greene, Spanish teacher at JFWA. “It was unlike anything our students had ever seen, and from the heights of the sun gate of Machu Picchu I think they saw a new, unimagined side of the world.” 

The world of the Inca Empire offers a new perspective. Yale professor Hiram Bingham "rediscovered" Machu Picchu in 1911. Over a century later, its exact history remains unclear, but it offers a deeper understanding of the eye-opening achievements and colorful culture that come to life in the temples, cathedrals and markets of Lima, Cuzco and the Sacred Valley. 

“The yearly EF Tours that J. Frank White Academy leads are a unique experience for our students. They provide life experiences that can be revolutionary to the way students see and interact with the world,” said Robbie Thomas, English instructor. “Giving our students ample opportunity to experience and learn about other parts of the world helps them to be more rounded people and learners.” 

Greene and Thomas, along with fifth grader Maggie Bracken; seventh-grader Amanda Kotlar; freshman Dallas Boger; sophomores Austin Boger and Caleb Daniels; juniors Rose Mountain, Tipton Hembree and Hunter Holt; seniors Olivia Robertson and Dustin Ford; JFWA Office Manager Geri Marcum and several parents made the journey. 

EF Education First began in 1965 and is built on experiential learning, cultural immersion and authentic connections. EF educational travel and cultural exchange programs provide international and domestic travel experiences, hands-on learning and lasting cultural connections for both students and adults. 

JFWA has offered trips through EF Tours for over a decade to destinations in Europe and South America. The program provides monthly payment plans for packages that include airfare, transportation, hotels, most meals and a bilingual tour guide who is with the group every step of the way once they arrive at the destination. In spring 2019, a JFWA group will be traveling to London and Paris. The opportunity is available to eighth through twelfth graders and parents. Younger students may participate but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

The J. Frank White Academy is a private coeducational college preparatory school located on the campus of LMU and serves students grades 4-12 from Claiborne, Union, Campbell and Hancock counties in Tennessee; Bell County, Kentucky; and Lee County, Virginia. For more information contact the Academy at 423.869.6234 or visit 

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies.  The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423.869.6280 or e-mail at



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