INTL 437J Community Building in Rwanda (12 credits)
Pre-departure session dates: June 21 - 24, 2016
Travel dates: June 27 – August 10, 2016
Pre-Reqs: Acceptance into INTL 437J. Students should visit the international page at http://www.wwu.edu/csl/International-SL.shtml to download an application. Please submit your completed application to Timothy.Costello@wwu.edu.
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The Rwanda service-learning program explores the history and cultures of Rwanda through collaborative, community-based learning. Students and faculty work alongside partners in the village of Gashora, Rwanda to learn about their culture, the challenges and opportunities they face, and their grassroots approaches to community development. Tim Costello, the Center’s director works closely with established Rwanda partners to serve as guides and mentors for student participants. We learn about the local community issues through the people that live there. Prior to travel, students participate in team building and preparatory study on Rwandan history and culture, cross cultural relationship building, and ethical travel and global citizenship. While in Rwanda students engage in service-learning projects, on-site academic seminars, reading, writing, and reflective practice. Upon return students design their own action project for positive social change informed by their experiences in Rwanda.
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Tim Costello is the Director of the Center for Service-Learning at Western Washington and has been in his position for 9 years. Working at Western is an extension of his passion for promoting a just and diverse society. Prior to working at Western Tim worked in the nonprofit sector in areas related to HIV/AIDS, Hospice and child welfare. In 1987 while living in New York City he went to the first meeting of ACTUP, the acclaimed and controversial first HIV/AIDS activist organization in the world. He was an active member for 3 years and continued his HIV/AIDS work after moving to Bellingham, WA in 1992. In memory of all women, men, and children who died or live with HIV/AIDS, Tim founded Slum Doctor Programme, an international NGO that brought HIV treatment and education to impoverished areas of Kenya and Uganda. The Center for Service-Learning’s Rwanda and Kenya study abroad programs spring from his dedication to the transformative power of cross cultural relationships through shared living, love, and labor.
Tim has been a recipient of the Whatcom Human Rights Award (2007), the Whatcom Family and Community Network Community Building Award (2013) and selected as one of the “10 People Who Care” by the Bellingham Herald Editorial Board (2007).
Contact: Tim Costello
Phone: (360) 650-2503
Office Location: WL494
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