Where: Cap Haitien, Haiti
Who: Open to all students
When: June 19 – June 26, 2015 (tentative)
The purpose of the program is to create sustainable cross-cultural connections and service-learning opportunities for the institution and you, the students of Daytona State College (DSC). This project is part of a service-learning in education course EDG 2905 offered during the Summer A term.
This program includes annual service-learning excursions to Haiti in which Daytona State College students implement a project to meet the needs assessed by students the previous year and then conduct a current needs assessment before returning to DSC. Upon returning to DSC, students create presentations to communicate to stakeholders and sponsors regarding their experiences and the current needs that should be addressed the following year. While in Haiti you will benefit from the experiences of teaching English and providing other needed services.
Prior to going to Haiti, you will spend time in the classroom at Daytona State College learning about the needs assessments conducted in the region the previous year and designing a project to implement in Haiti in order to meet the identified needs. You will be instructed how to teach English language learners and develop mini-lessons you can implement in the field classrooms. You will also prepare by learning basic Haitian Creole language and greetings, cultural norms, general characteristics of the region and inhabitants, and relevant historical factors.
We will then travel to Cap Haitien, Haiti and spend time working with the Projects 4 Haiti staff and the children of Cap Haitien. The majority of our time will be devoted to teaching lessons and interacting with and conducting special events for the students. A few structured excursions will also be conducted because it is important for you to see many diverse aspects of the Haitian culture. For instance, we will try to see The Citadelle, the Cathedral Notre Dame de Cap Haitien, and visit with local leaders and others who serve the needs of the community.
We will return to the DSC classroom for debriefing and finalizing your multimedia projects. Your final projects will be designed to communicate your personal experiences and educational growth during the service-learning program and will be presented to stakeholders, sponsors, and the greater DSC community.
The experience of study abroad travel, in general, always has an effect on all of us as we are able to broaden our viewpoint by seeing another part of their world. However, being able to contribute and make a difference during these same travels will create a lasting memory that will most likely shape your outlook in the future.
Costs: Approximately $687.00
Included: : Round-trip ground and air transportation, accommodations (7 nights @ double occupancy), daily breakfast, all guides and interpreters, entrance fees to the Citadel (La Ferrierre) and Cormier Plague (beach resort) and travel insurance.
Not included: Tuition; costs of obtaining passport; excess baggage fees; meals (lunch & dinner) & gratuities (estimated at Approx. $30/day; personal expenses and shopping.
Course & Credits: EDG2905 Directed Study in Education (3 Credit Hours).
Dr. Donald May
Teaching Beyond Borders
Daytona State College of Education
Nunamann Education Hall, Bldg 200, Rm 308
1200 West International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, Florida 32114
Office Phone (386) 506-3442
Fax (386) 506-3966