The International Service Learning Program provides experiential education opportunities for students to address human and community needs. This innovative BHSU program presents a unique opportunity for students to experience structured international opportunities intentionally designed to promote student learning and development.The program provides an engaging classroom environment with a cohort of interdisciplinary students and key faculty member. Throughout the semester the group will work on a project, culture and preparation before traveling abroad with their faculty-led group. This program provides an integrated opportunity for students to engage with various cultures which prepare them as global citizens.
Location: (varies based on semester)
BOTSWANA/SOUTH AFRICA (Fall Semesters): Gabarone Botswana is the capital city of Botswana and lies right on the border of South Africa. Participants will fly into and out of Johannesburg, South Africa and experience true African hospitality in both countries including a safari expedition, local themed lodging, integration with locals in each country, museum and cultural experiences and service work. Participants will work with students in local schools on topics selected by local leaders. Topics could include anti-bullying strategies, critical thinking, and water purification. The trip will include activities designed to expose students to local culture and history. Check out the Botswana Tourism Website and the South African Tourism Website.
PHILIPPINES (Spring Semesters): Cebu is one of the provinces of the Philippines. It is located to the east of Negros Island and to the west of Leyte and Bohol Islands in an area known as the Visayas. Students will travel to Cebu City as members of a multidisciplinary academic team. Participants will work with students in local schools on topics selected by local leaders. Topics could include anti-bullying strategies, critical thinking, and water purification. The trip will include activities designed to expose students to local culture and history. Check out the Philippines Tourism website
Application/Registration: The International Service Learning Program is an interdisciplinary program, open to all students from all majors. In addition to the program fee listed below (does not include tuition), students are required to maintain at least a 2.5 GPA, be in good academic standing with the University, enroll in EXPL 499/599 and attend weekly pre-departure orientation sessions. Participants are required to enroll in the course associated with their academic program and pay the appropriate program fee. Additionally, all participants must attend a weekly orientation workshop.
Class Time: We don't want anything to stand in your way for class enrollment. This is why we don't have an official time for the class to meet and once we have all students on board, we will find a time that works for everyone's schedule.
Syllabus: To understand more about the course associated with this trip, the following syllabus draft is available here. The final syllabus is available on the first day of class.
Required Paperwork: In order to travel abroad, students must hold passports that will be valid for at least six months AFTER the end of their International Service Learning Program trip. For information on how to apply for a passport, the requirements, the costs, and the estimated processing times, please visit the U.S. Department of State passport website. Students need a passport by the first week of class.
Cost: In addition to three course credit hours, a fee of $3500 is applied to the student BHSU tuition bill. All flights, transportation, shared accommodations, meals, travel insurance and relevant activities are included in the course fee. Financial Aid is available for US Citizens who qualify. Please contact the Financial Aid Office prior to applying to learn about financial resources that may be available. Please note that the class fees are posted on student accounts upon your acceptance to the program. The required course can be filled with EXPL-499 B001 or course equivalent (inquire with course professor for other options). Passport, souvenirs and additional spending money is not included. Payment plans are available from Financial Aid.
Fall Semester: November 16-28, 2016 (BHSU Thanksgiving Break). Students must attend class in addition to the full trip and all orientation sessions.
Spring Semester: March 3-13, 2017* estimated dates (BHSU Spring Break). Students must attend class in addition to the full trip and all orientation sessions.
Team Leaders: Dr. Lois Flagstad
Fall Semester: Dr. Charles Lamb, Chemistry/Dr. Jane Klug, Dean of Students
Spring Semester: Gina Gibson, MFA, Mass Communications/Dr. Jane Klug, Dean of Students
Team Logistics: Dr. Katherine Wildman