Jamaica Service Learning Program
Length: Approximately 2-1/2 Weeks
Program being planned for June 2015.
This course centers on an international service-learning project in the Blue Mountain region of Jamaica. We will go on a sixteen-day trip to live and work in the Blue Mountain region of Jamaica, a rural and economically impoverished area. Most of our time and effort will be spent on community projects, primarily working with children between the ages of six and twelve at one of two local schoolhouses.
Prior to the trip students will attend a series of class sessions in which we cover subjects that are particularly relevant to the trip, including discussions/ lectures/exercises on cross-cultural psychology, child development and issues of race, gender and power. Students also participate in workshops on preparations for teaching, Jamaican culture and history, and journal/field writing. After the trip we engage in a period of critical reflection during which students complete writing assignments, relating the meaning of their service to course materials. The course and trip is at the very least an adventure, and, for many of the more than one hundred students that have previously participated, the experience has been life altering.
Attendance at one of the Jamaica information meetings, led by Prof. Thompson, is required for eligibility to apply for trip and course. During the information session (about an hour in length) detailed handouts of the course material and trip will be given along with a slide show presentation of previous trips/projects. Information on important dates, course schedule, trip cost and fees, trip itinerary, food and lodging, course and trip requirements, course readings and assignments, service-learning projects, and application procedure will be presented and discussed.
For more information, contact instructor Bob Thompson.
Dental Hygiene and Nursing Program in Bolivia
Working with the Smiles Forever Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, a group of Nursing and Dental Hygiene students from SCC will have a chance to see firsthand how simple healthcare practices can make a difference in impoverished communities.
This program explores medical issues and dental disease and will enable students to teach essential skills in an environment with limited equipment. While in Cochabamba, we will visit the first and only dental hygiene school in Bolivia. Nursing students will have the opportunity to work in hospital and clinic settings, as well as in public health facilities.
A vital part of this program will be the outreach, which provides healthcare and emergency dental care to impoverished communities. Participants will get a close-up view of living in poverty. By taking part in these community services, journal writing assignments, and classroom discussions, students will learn about poverty and education, as well as Bolivia's rich cultural heritage.
We are all empowered by gaining a broader understanding of diverse cultures and the complex health and political issues that are a part of our global community. Join us in Bolivia this summer to experience this firsthand.
The Challenge and Promise of a Multicultural South Africa
South Africa lies at the southern-most point of the African continent and borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Led by SCC Professor Ernest Johnson, this program will consist of a preparatory course in African Cultures and a 4-week summer program that will examine the social and cultural history of South Africa and the current efforts to create a democratic, multicultural nation. Less than two decades ago, during the apartheid era, South Africa divided its population into just four categories: Black, White, Colored, and Asian. At that time, Black South African languages lacked recognition. Today, South Africa recognizes 11 official languages—one of many positive signs that progress is being made.
On site, students will participate in social and historical lectures and tours in Cape Town and the surrounding area. Students will attend high school and elementary school classes, lectures by community leaders, and supervised home-stays inside “Black” townships and homelands. There will be numerous opportunities to interact with South Africans of different races, religions, ethnicities, and classes, as students work on their primary research. There will also be time to explore the beaches, markets, museums and other areas of interest.