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* WWU Global Learning Program: Summer, Rwanda- Field Studies and Collaborative Intl. Service Learning
Gashora, Rwanda (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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Rwanda, Africa

INTL 437I Field Studies and Collaborative Intl. Service Learning in Rwanda (12 credits)

Pre-departure session dates: June 23 - 26, 2015  
Travel dates:  June 28 – August 14, 2015

Join Western faculty and students to explore the history and cultures of Rwanda. This nine-week program includes intensive pre-trip preparation and seven weeks in country. Students will actively collaborate with in-country experts in the implementation of selected field experiences.

Pre-Reqs: Acceptance into INTL 437I  

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Program Details

Join Western faculty and students on this 9-week program and explore the history and cultures of Rwanda.

Students will actively collaborate with in-country experts in the implementation of selected field experiences. The intent of this collaboration is to provide a rich experiential learning opportunity highlighting the history, culture, and politics of the region, through the examination of grassroots approaches to community development, and applying these perspectives to your own academic area of interest. Service learning projects may include working with local community-based and government organizations in areas of teaching English as a second language, community development, health, education, income generation, sustainable agriculture, conservation, family and childhood, and more.

Prior to travel, students will 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, in addition to service learning projects, students will engage in on-site academic seminars, reading, writing, and critical reflective practice. As a culminating assignment students will create an action project plan for positive social change informed by your experience in Rwanda. This is a 12 credit, graded course.

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INTL 437I Field Studies and Collaborative Intl. Service Learning in Rwanda 12 credits


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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 8 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. In 2000 and 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 Rwanda and Kenya study abroad programs spring from his dedication to the transformative power of cross cultural relationships through shared living, love, and labor. 

2013 - Whatcom Family and Community Network Ken Gass Community Building Award
2012 & 2014 – nominated for WWU’s President’s Exceptional Effort Award
2007 - recipient of Whatcom Human Rights Award
2007 - selected as one of the "10 People Who Care" by the Bellingham Herald Editorial Board

Contact: Tim Costello
Phone: (360) 650-2503
Office Location: WL494

Travis Tennessen is the Assistant Director of the Center for Service-Learning of Western Washington, and is new to Bellingham. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012, and has taught a broad range of geography, environmental studies, and history courses at UW-Madison and Penn State University. As a geographer, Travis believes place-based learning is a powerful method to build a durable, ethical society and a resilient planet. In 2009, Travis led his first international study abroad program to Costa Rica, and was amazed and delighted by the positive outcomes for his students and their hosts. International courses have been a key part of Travis’s teaching efforts ever since, and he is excited to be part of the Rwanda program.

Contact: Travis Tennessen
Phone: (360) 650-2446
Office Location: WL 482A

Lee Gulyas is a Senior Instructor in the English Department and the 2015 Ronald Kleinknecht Excellence in Teaching Award recipient. She received her MFA from The University of British Columbia, and teaches Creative Writing and Canadian Literature. Her nonfiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Common, Prime Number, Full Grown People, Barn Owl Review, Event, and The Malahat Review. She reviews books for Contrary Magazine. Areas of academic interest include: Literary Nonfiction, Creative Writing Pedagogy, Travel Writing, Maps, Arab Feminist Writing, Art & Social Justice, Independent Presses, and Literary Communities. Lee believes the Rwanda Study Abroad program is a great way to experience how social justice and ethical development can be built through relationships.

Contact: Lee Gulyas
Phone: (360) 650-6223
Office Location: HU 343


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