This Winter Term service-learning study abroad course to Kerala, India, includes an intense service-learning project. Elon students will monitor activities related to hands-on science exhibits in a traveling science center. The target audience for the traveling science center are middle school children. The service-learning project will be done in collaboration with local high school students. Elon students will prepare for the project during fall 2015 GBL 136 orientation classes. The exhibits and materials for the traveling science center will be brought with the class to India. Elon students will develop an appreciation for the importance of inquiry-based approaches to science education. Enrolled Elon students need not be science nor education majors. Furthermore, through close interactions with our partners, and through contacts with school children and teachers, Elon students will develop an appreciation for the lifestyle in Kerala, for the concerns and aspirations of their Indian peers, and for the development successes, needs, and strategies in the state. The importance of education to development will be examined in detail. Students will also explore local culture, history, political history and structures, effects of tourism, and the role of NGO’s in the developing world. The south Indian state of Kerala borders the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats mountains. In spite of its relative poverty and a high population density, Kerala is a model for social development. High literacy rate, long life expectancy, low birth rate, and a high Human Development Index are attributed to a complex set of factors to be explored in the course. This course is an approved service-learning course. This course is approved as a Teaching and Learning Elective.
Grades count toward an Elon GPA.
Study abroad courses may not be taken on an audit or pass/fail basis.
Prerequisite Preparatory Seminar: GBL 136
This Winter Term course has a required one semester-hour fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course associated with it. Students accepted into the Winter Term course will be automatically registered for the associated fall course. There is no additional cost for the prerequisite preparatory seminar course for students who are registered full-time even if the one credit creates an overload for a student's registration.
It is Elon University policy that students who are registered part-time for the fall semester will be charged the additional one credit hour of tuition for the fall prerequisite preparatory seminar course. Students will also be charged four credit hours of tuition for Winter Term in addition to the program fees. If students contact the Bursar's office to verify that they will be enrolled full-time in the spring semester, the four hours of Winter Term tuition will not be collected.
There will also be a required meeting about the course in May.
Spring Meeting Information
The Spring meeting will meet on Monday, May 7 at 2:00 pm in Duke 203.
Fall Course Meeting Information
The fall pre-departure course will meet on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:10 PM. Location TBA.
Activity Level: Moderate
Activity levels are rated to fit into one of four categories: easy going, moderate, challenging and demanding. This program is rated as moderate, which means you will spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, your days will be full. You'll need to keep up with the group, including stairs and moderate movement.
Students are required to take the fall pre-departure course associated with this Winter Term course. All students will automatically be registered for the pre-departure course but must register themselves for the Winter Term course during pre-registration for Winter Term.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
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Isabella Cannon Global Education Center (GEC)
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I have wanted to go into theatre education for a while now, and being at Elon has challenged this dream in a lot of ways. The trip to India really made me realize that theatre education is my true calling, even though the course itself had nothing to do with theatre. Being in the schools made me realize how much I love teaching, and I got to visit a Kathakali training center and see students of all ages following their passion for the performing arts. These experiences helped me solidify my professional goals for the future, and it was an inspiring and eye-opening experience.
NOTE: Below are the application deadlines for this program.
March 5: Priority application period begins.
March 15, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Priority period deadline. All applications received during the priority period are reviewed for eligibility and merit rather than time of submission.
March 27: Status notification for students that applied by the priority deadline.
Change period begins. Students that applied by the priority deadline can change into an open program by completing a Change Form (available in the GEC starting March 27).
March 29: Rolling period begins. All programs with spots remaining will reopen for application. New applications will be reviewed on a rolling and space-available basis.
Sept. 3, 11:59 p.m. EDT: Final application and deposit credit deadline. Students accepted to programs that cancel after this date will not have the deposit credited to their account.
Sept. 4, 5 p.m. EDT: Final deadline for students on a wait list to enroll in an open program. No students will be accepted into programs off of wait lists after this date. Students that are not accepted into programs will have the deposit credited to their account after this date.
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