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Swaziland: Summer

 

Swaziland: Summer

Semester: Summer
Program Focus: Situated environmental studies

Prerequisites:

Overall GPA of 2.0 and good academic standing.
Recommended
Courses:

ENVS 160: Introduction to Environmental Studies (strongly recommended)
ENVS 220: Environmental Analysis (for ENVS majors and minors)

Program Leader:

Jim Proctor
Professor of Environmental Studies
jproctor@lclark.edu
ext. 7707

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Program Design:
In collaboration with the Environmental Studies program, the 2013 Swaziland program will run from May 19 to July 6 and convey twelve course credits total in an intensive schedule toward general education and ENVS requirements. The program is available to all Lewis & Clark students following their freshman, sophomore, or junior year, with a preference for those who have taken ENVS 160.

The Swaziland program focuses on periurban environmental health, a major concern in much of the developing world. Participants will complete a rigorous orientation spring semester 2013. The seven-week program, developed in conjunction with the All Out Africa Foundation, devotes two weeks to in-country orientation, four weeks to service project-based learning, situated research, and environmental health assessment in Swaziland’s Ezulwini Valley, and one week to final project documentation and program synthesis. Highlights include weekend cultural and ecological outings throughout the country, and a five-day tour of nearby Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Requirements Fulfilled:

Credits:
3 courses / 12 credits total

Curriculum:
ENVS 200 (4 credits): Situating the Global Environment
. Introduction to situated perspective on environmental problems and solutions, including a range of international and overseas program-specific cases. Development of web-based social learning skills to document and share situated research. Regular reading and summary discussions, lectures, fieldwork, online synthesis postings, and final report. Taught in conjunction with an ENVS summer overseas program.

IS 241 (4 credits): Contemporary Swaziland. Introduction to the contemporary political, economic, social, and cultural landscape of Swaziland, situating it in the recent regional context of southern Africa. Lectures, reading discussions, and field excursions will couple with language and culture training to provide a more in-depth understanding of the current situation.

ENVS 244 (Practicum; 4 credits) or 499 (Independent Study; 4 credits). Nonmajors participate in a service learning practicum; majors complete a situated research project. Student practica and research projects all apply to the program theme of periurban environmental health.

 

Useful Links

 

Situating the Global Environment website

All Out Africa Foundation

Kruger National Park

General Information

All 2013 - 2014 programs:

Passport Details:
You will be required to email a high-resolution, color scan of your passport to the Overseas Office within 30 days of being accepted into a program. We recommend that you apply for a passport as early as possible. For more info, visit our Passport Resources page.

Visa fees and requirements: A visa is required for this program.  You will be notified when it is time to apply and our office has received all of the necessary supporting documents. 

Health:
Please make an appointment with Student Health Service to get an updated list of immunizations that are recommended or mandatory for this program. You may also be required to submit various test results (HIV, chest x-rays, etc.) as a part of your visa application.

Insurance:
Students are insured through Aetna Student Health insurance. The program insurance is mandatory and included in the comprehensive fee.

International Student Identity Card: 
The ISIC is required for the program. You will be notified of how to obtain it the semester prior to departure.

Fees To Plan For:
Fees for the following items are not included in the comprehensive program fee:
Passport fees
Required photographs
Visa fees
International Student Identity Card
Immunizations and health exams
Books/Supplies
Transportation to city of departure
Post-program travel