CWU has partnered with GIVE to create a unique opportunity: For the first time, volunteers embarking on one of GIVE’s amazing excursions can receive academic credit.
Taking CWU’s companion course, International Sustainable Development, will make your volunteer experience even more valuable.
Through cultural immersion and experiential learning in an international setting, students will engage in activities designed to broaden their perspectives on sustainable development while providing opportunities for personal growth. Students will apply critical thinking skills, field observations, and reflective processing to explore and reveal the contextual impacts and opportunities associated with international sustainable development projects.
About This Course:
Content is delivered via a hybrid course that has an online component and an international immersion component through partnership with GIVE Excursions. A pin number for accessing the online course will be provided once the student is registered. The course begins approximately one week prior to departure and concludes one week after your return).
UNIV 304 is only available to participants in GIVE’s May – August excursions.
UNIV 304 provides opportunities for international experiential learning for those in a wide variety of majors and disciplines. Content will be delivered online and facilitated through on-site guides at each international location.
Together the students, instructor, guides, and local community members co-generate learning. Students will be appointed to lead the dialogue circles and be provided with appreciative inquiry techniques for enriching the conversation.
This course is based on a transformative service-learning pedagogy that delivers a precise sequence of activities (contextual border crossing, dissonance, personalizing, processing, reflection, and integration). The design is generated to elevate the students’ personal experience while enriching it academically.
Learning opportunities are embedded in activities throughout the program’s itinerary and enhanced through methods typically associated with service-learning: cross-cultural engagement, field notes, dialogue, reflective journaling, and a cumulative analysis of how the experience will be integrated into the students’ personal, academic, and professional aspirations.
1. Identify sustainable development imperatives in relation to cultural, environmental, and economic frameworks.
2. Analyze and evaluate challenges and opportunities associated with sustainable projects in the context of the destination community.
3. Synthesize how limited resources and multiple impacts are experienced and reconciled at the community level.
4. Describe the personal impacts of international experiential learning and how these affect future career path decisions and life goals.
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