Global Community Engaged Learning

 

Global Community Engaged Learning Program - Mozambique Africa 

       

  • Boane, Mozambique
  • Thursday, May 11, 2017 - Friday, June 2, 2017
  • Cost: $3499

In partnership with No Poor Among Us and the Eduardo Mondlane School

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General Trip Information and Application Timeline

Thirty-one current WSU students and alumni will be selected as participants for this trip.

Completed applications are due no later than midnight on December 7, 2015.

Applicant interviews for this trip will be conducted on December 9th - December 16th. Participants will be notified of their selection on December 16th.

Selected participants will sign up for one of two available Spring courses to prepare them for the trip: GEOG 3780 (CRN 32748) and DET 2920 (CRN 30471).  Both classes are 3 credits and will be held together on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 - 2:50 pm.

Participant Fee

The participant fee of $3499 covers airfare, group transportation, lodging, and most meals, 6 WSU credit hours (valued at $1593.65), travel snacks, a t-shirt and cultural excursions such as museum visits, visit to Kruger National Park in South Africa, two safari days, tour Johannesburg, the home of Nelson Mandela, the Cradle of Life, etc.  Additional personal spending money should be taken for souvenirs; meals on the road in Kruger and Johannesburg; and other optional activities and incidentals.

Please note that it may be possible for you to use financial aid for this trip.  Additionally, there are global community engaged learning as well as study abroad scholarships available.

$3499 (student travel costs) 

Students selected to participate will need to confirm their involvement by paying the non-refundable trip deposit of $900 to the Study Abroad office in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning. Failure to pay the $900 deposit and subsequent payments by 5:00 pm on their due dates, will result in forfeiture of your place on the Mozambique trip.  

Payment dates are as follows: 

$900 Deposit - Wednesday, January 18th

$1000 Payment - Wednesday, February 15th

$1000 Payment - Wednesday, March 15th

Remaining Balance - Wednesday, April 12th

The trip cost ($3499) includes 6 in-country credit hours from WSU.  The current rate for 6 credit hours is $1593.65.  We like to think that this means that you pay for your 6 credit hours and get your service trip to Mozambique for $1905.35.  :)

This cost is based on double-occupancy beds.  If you are uncomfortable with this, there is an option to pay an additional amount of money for a private bed.  Your response is requested in a question below.

Service Projects

We will complete three main projects with our Mozambican partners.  Our trip goal is to improve the access to education and the economic conditions of the people in rural African areas.  We will do this through education, construction, and environmental sustainability projects.  Our projects will directly influence the youth and women served by our partners, No Poor Among Us and the Eduardo Mondlane School in Boane, Mozambique, Africa.  

Our projects are in line with the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): No poverty, Good health and well-being, Gender equality, Quality Education, Decent work and economic growth, Reduce inequalities, and Sustainable Cities and Communities.

The first project will be constructing two classrooms and a library for the Eduardo Mondlane School for elementary-aged children.  The school is overcrowded now (50 students per classroom and rising).  These new classrooms will allow the students educated there the opportunity to have a more personalized education.

Our second project will be continuing with education programs in the Women's Training Center built by WSU students in Mozambique in 2014.  

Finally, we will be gathering donations and contributing new books and solar systems to be incorporated into the Eduardo Mondlane School classrooms and library.  

Accommodations

During our stay in South Africa and Mozambique, we will be staying at hotels in close proximity to our projects.  The hotels will accommodate us well, safely, and will provide sufficient space for team-building exercises, reflections, planning and other activities.

Activities

Selected trip participants will have some free time.  We have planned to visit a few local museums and historical sites.  We will be visiting Kruger National Park for a two-day safari on our way home as well.  Additionally, there will be time in the evening hours to see the city and for buying souvenirs, etc. 

Health

Upon acceptance, participants will be required to visit their doctor to complete a physical examination and medical clearance. We have included a few examples here of the type of questions that may be asked:

Have you had any chronic conditions requiring medical care?
Will you need any special medications or medical care while on this trip?
Are you allergic to any foods or medicines?
Do you have any other dietary restrictions?

We will discuss these components in further detail and take any questions as part of the spring semester course.

Cancellations

The Center for Community Engaged Learning expects accepted applicants to participate; our office personnel use program fees to arrange for the trip itinerary and travel costs. Cancellation refund amounts, therefore, shall be determined according to the following schedule.

The program deposit ($900) is non-refundable.  By paying a program deposit the student guarantees participation in the program and promises to pay the complete program cost by required deadline.  Withdrawal from the program does NOT release participant from payment requirement. 

Standard penalties due to Withdrawal or Non-payment:

· 120 Days prior to term start date: 25% of total program cost.

· 90 Days prior to term start date: 50% of total program cost.

· 60 Days prior to term start date: No refunds.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to the Center for Community Engaged Learning, 3910 W Campus Dr. Department 2113 Ogden, UT 84408-2113.  Cancellations may not be accepted over the phone or email.

Thank you for your interest in the WSU Global Community Engaged Learning Program.  If you have not already, please begin your application for a passport immediately.  We will be under a tight timeline to secure the necessary visas for this trip.  We look forward to reviewing your application.

Peacebuilding in Rwanda

Students in Rwanda

  • Summer, 2017
  • Cost: $2,995

Join Weber State University (WSU) and Never Again Rwanda (NAR) in a Peacebuilding Institute (PBI) for a rewarding and life-changing experience. Through site visits, readings, lectures and group discussions, students will explore themes of genocide history and prevention, transitional justice, good governance and development. Students also will develop important skills in cross-cultural dialogue exchange.

NAR is a human rights and peace-building organization established in response to the 1994 genocide. NAR’s mission is to support young people and the population at large to become agents of positive change and to work towards sustainable peace and development. NAR also aims to empower Rwandan youth and the population at large with opportunities to become active citizens.

Students may between 3 and 12 credits depending on course enrollment and length of stay. Students who are not attending WSU may enroll as a non-WSU student and gain university credit. Scholarship and grant opportunities are available.

Departments that may offer credit:

  • Political Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Communication
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Please contact Dr. Stephanie Wolfe for more information stephaniewolfe@weber.edu

Peace Building Institute

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