International Service Learning
Service Learning in Guadeloupe
The Caribbean is renowned for its tropical beauty and hailed as an exotic paradise. Guadeloupe, a former French colony and current Department of France, located in the French West Indies, is no exception. Amidst the loveliness of the archipelago exists largely unrecognized social problems such as poverty, unemployment, and alcoholism.
I n this semester-long service learning course, travel over spring break to the rural island of Terre-de-Bas, Guadeloupe, to experience the enigma of poverty in paradise as we study contemporary social problems. Before leaving the USA, you will study poverty, health and education as well as learn some basics of French conversation and culture to enhance your stay on this French island. You'll learn about the importance of context in society through a choice of service projects, including working with medicinal gardens, school children, infrastructure rebuilding and local fishermen. In your free time you may choose to visit the beaches, local markets and historic sites. During your week in Guadeloupe, you will experience the unique culture of the islands, provide service to the local community and have time for fellowship and deep, introspective reflection. Upon your return you will translate your experiences into local service, further extending your understanding of the importance of context and community.
You will earn 4 UCBA credits for this program. You will register for the 3 credit hour course, SOC2043, Contemporary Social Problems, which will meet during Spring Semester. At the same time that you register for SOC2043, you will also register for the 1 credit hour course, FREN2090, Service Learning in French. During the Spring Semester, you will spend Spring Break in Guadeloupe. 23, 2013
• Infrastructure Rebuilding
• Elementary Schools
• Medicinal Gardens
• Local Fishermen
Participation in the course promises to be a transformative experience. We look forward to joining you on the journey.
Leslie Elrod is the instructor for SOC2043, Contemporary Social Problems. For further information on this course, you may contact Professor Elrod at Leslie.Elrod@uc.edu or 513-936-7125.
Jody Ballah is the instructor for FREN2090, Service Learning in French. For further information on this course, you may contact Professor Ballah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-745-5657.
Important Dates: Updated!
Travel Dates: March 15-23, 2013
Application Deadline: November 1, 2012, plus $200 deposit
First Payment due: November 12, 2012
Second Payment due: December 28, 2012
Anticipated cost: $2,600 (subject to change) plus course tuition