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Honors Seminar: Global Studies (Spring Break)

Location

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Program Description

This course is offered during the spring semester and focuses on the concept of “global citizenship” in the context of an international service-learning trip. Students will travel to either the Dominican Republic (education focus) or Trinidad and Tobago (health care focus) and engage in an intensive service-learning project over spring break. The course seeks to address definitions and issues of global citizenship, development and service, using the service-learning experience as an aid to learning within the course. Students will also experience/learn about contemporary social, political, cultural and economic conditions within the DR and Trinidad and Tobago, through service-learning, structured outings, cultural events, guest speakers, coursework and course readings and assignments. Ongoing structured reflection will provide a way for all participants to discover, articulate, integrate and act on what they learn from their experiences.

Location Description

Students in this course will choose between two locations for their service learning program over Spring Break.

Dominican Republic is located in the Caribbean and shares an island with Haiti. The project will take place in the city of Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. For this service options, students will work in an education setting including teaching and working with school children. 

Trinidad and Tobago are twin islands in the Southern Caribbean off of the Northern coast of Venezuela. The project will take place in the city of Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago. For this service option, students will work in a health care setting gaining first hand experience in community health services.

Students do not need to be education or health care majors or have knowledge of a second language and can select the service location based on their interest.

Director

Jason Good | goodjl@jmu.edu | Center for Global Engagement

Delo Blough | bloughda@jmu.edu | Center for Global Engagement

Accommodations

Students will live in shared rooms. Meals are provided by local families and in the form of group meals. 

Additional Items to Consider

For US citizens, no visas are needed for travel to the Dominican Republic or Trinidad and Tobago.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

Students must be part of the JMU Honors Program

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Essay
  • Letter of Recommendation

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline

Dates


All dates are tentative and subject to change

Courses

HON 300: Global Citizenship in a Service-Learning Context (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.

Cost

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