Project Ecuador was a Winter Interterm program for graduate students. The program provided students with direct experience in global and multicultural educational practices through a service-learning partnership in Ecuadorian and Denver-area schools. As students gained an international perspective on varied pedagogical practices through direct service and interaction with American and Ecuadorian citizens, the schools reciprocally gained support and/or assistance with program development or implementation.
Project Ecuador: Education in American Democracies established a cooperative, educational, and reciprocal partnership between the University of Denver and local Ecuadorian and Denver schools, respectively. Students contrasted the theory and practice of education in two American democracies, Ecuador and the United States; a particular emphasis was placed on the concepts of globalization, colonization, and sustainability. Students critically assessed how the needs of students were addressed, opportunities and limitations of the two educational systems, and their role as global citizens in the interplay of education and democracy. Assignments combined scholarship, service, and self-reflection to promote learning. A safe and fulfilling learning environment was provided throughout the duration of the program.
Project Thailand was a University of Denver International Service Learning program that combined service and field education in the extreme northwest province of Thailand, Mae Hong Son, during the Winter Interterm. Although the program was based in the city of Chiang Mai, students spent the majority of their time with the Karen people who call Mae Hong Son their home. The forested mountains of the province are marked by a complex, deteriorating network of trails. Students interacted with the Karen and developed an understanding of community-based tourism and sustainable community development. By living, trail building, tutoring English, reflecting on what they learned, and traveling through the forests alongside the Karen, students learned how the Karen were impacted by and proactively impacted ecotourism, what their involvement was with sustainable community development efforts, and how their livelihood directly related to their forested world.
The Project South Africa 2008 group arrived in-country on June 14. They spent approximately two and a half weeks based in Stellenbosch, a university town of 90,000 in the Western Cape. Stellenbosch is located in a beautiful wine growing region about 40 minutes from Cape Town. The group worked with Hope Worldwide in the large township of Khayelitsha. In addition, PSA 2008 visited urban and rural health care facilities and traveled to various cultural, historical, and natural sites. After the Stellenbosch experience, students moved to Bredasdorp, a rural area in the Western Cape Province near the southernmost point on the African continent. Students spent a week witnessing the delivery of health care and providing service to local youths through health education and promotion.
Students interacted with South Africans from a range of cultures, communities, and ages, including township residents, community-based health care workers, non-traditional healers and experts in a number of academic disciplines. Project South Africa had several key goals. First, the program aimed to expose students to the history, politics, economy, and culture of South Africa. Second, the program provided students with an opportunity to critically evaluate the South African health care delivery system, including governmental and non-governmental responses to current public health crises affecting the country. Third, the pre-departure seminars and the in-country service provided students with the foundational knowledge necessary for engaging in a comparative analysis of the American and South African health care delivery systems.
Zulema Lopez, DU Senior Lecturer from the Department of Languages and Literature has been the faculty director for Project El Salvador. She is a native Salvadoran who has faciliated this program since its inception to the praise of former program participants.
Updates from Project El Salvador 2008
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