GIVE's excursion in conjunction with our academic course truly allows you to lift the veil, see the problems, and be part of the solution. Leave the classroom and immerse yourself in a unique volunteer experience for academic credit!
"I found that participating in the academic course created a deeper relationship between the experience and myself. Overall I felt more involved, engaged, and connected to what I was doing.
GIVE is the only volunteer organization of it's kind to develop an accredited, academic course aligned with our excursions. For the first time, students can receive academic credit through GIVE's International Sustainable Development course designed specifically to enhance excursions, learning about sustainable development as well as the economics, environment, and culture of the host country. Embark on a GIVE excursion and take our ground breaking course to receive academic credit, heighten your experience, improve lives, and be the roots of change.
- Where can I find the course syllabus?
- You can find the course syllabus and course information here!
- Program Overview
- Central Washington University in partnership with GIVE Excursions provides credit-bearing academic opportunities for students, from a variety of disciplines, in an international setting that optimizes cultural immersion to deepen the learning and enrich personal growth. The course is challenging intellectually, physically, and emotionally. Students engage in hands-on experiential learning side-by- side with community members to address complex issues and deliver sustainable solutions.
- Course Description
- UNIV 304. International Sustainable Development (5 Quarter Credits): Students will apply critical thinking skills, field observations, and reflective processing to explore and reveal the contextual impacts and opportunities associated with international sustainable development projects. Through cultural immersion and experiential learning in an international setting, students engage in applied activities designed to broaden international perspectives while providing opportunities for personal and professional growth. Hybrid course: 2 week experiential learning session in international setting and pre and post online assignments. Note: if your university is on semesters, your university will convert credit hours to semesters in the transfer process.
- Course Design
- UNIV 304 is based on a transformative service-learning pedagogy that delivers a precise sequence of activities (contextual border crossing, dissonance, personalizing, processing, reflection, and integration). The design is generated to elevate the students’ experience to transcend their self-referential experience into a shared experience with the destination communities that compels a greater understanding of the students’ role as a member of a global community. Learning opportunities are embedded throughout the program’s itinerary and enriched through activities typically associated with service-learning: cross-cultural engagement, field notes, dialogue, reflective journaling, and a cumulative analysis of how the experience will be integrated into the students’ personal, academic, and professional aspirations. Sample learning opportunities and projects include: living in the host community, collaborating with local community members to design and construct community infrastructure (examples include a technical school in Nicaragua built from recycled plastic bottles and a fresh water delivery system for the village of Cairo, Zanzibar). Tours and projects include visiting a mangrove sanctuary and doing a hands-on planting project, measuring and releasing endangered sea turtles, exploring the economic and cultural complexities associated with poaching prior to participating in a safari, assisting a women’s art cooperative, and developing and delivering an after-school English education program for elementary school children. All projects are part of a long-term strategic approach to community-based economic development.
- Course Evaluation
- The course has four components, each worth 25% of the total available points for the course. Details for each of the assignments below will be provided via the syllabus once the student is enrolled in the course. 1. Pre-departure on-line assignment        a. Students are provided with sources to navigate and discover information pertaining to the cultural, political, economic, and environmental dimensions of their destination country and community. Students may select from a variety of prompts and resources that reflect their interests and academic field of study.        b. Self-assessment to consider how the information retrieved relates to their cultural awareness of the destination community and how it influences their expectations in light of their own cultural context. 2. Participation        a. Experiential learning requires a commitment to fully and positively participate in all programs, projects and activities. Participation will be evaluated by the on-site GIVE lead guides. 3. Reflective Journal        a. Students shall keep a double entry field journal noting key observations and their interpretation of those observations. These notes will be shared as part of regularly scheduled group dialogues. The notes and group discussions will enhance the students’ ability to process and reflect on their experience. Each student will generate a reflective journal. Reflection is a critical dimension of experiential learning. Exemplar quotes from the journal will be shared with the instructor. 4. Final Project        a. The culminating project synthesizes the assignments above into a presentation that communicates the students’ experience and its present and anticipated future impact on their development personally, academically, and professionally. The students may select from a variety of mediums (video, annotated powerpoint, paper) to convey their findings.
- How much does the course cost?
- UNIV: 304 is an additional fee of $1,200.00. To reserve your space, log into your Volunteer Profile and put down either a $200 deposit or pay the $1,200 in full. For more information about the course, click here. The course will add a whole new dimension to your excursion!
- I have questions about the course. Who should I contact?
- Questions about registration, credit transfer, and financial aid:
Darlene Sirrine Central Washington University Phone: (509) 963-1528 Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgQuestions about the course curriculum and ideology: Dr. Ken Cohen, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Recreation and Tourism College of Education and Professional Studies Phone: 509.963.1967 Email: email@example.comQuestions about the volunteer experience abroad: GIVE Volunteers Phone: 206.973.7991 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- How do I register for the course?
- After you've been accepted to volunteer, it's simple! To reserve your space on the course, log into your Volunteer Profile and put down either a $200 deposit or pay the $1,200 in full. For more information about the course, the syllabus, and more, click here. The course will add a whole new dimension to your excursion! Note that you must be confirmed on a GIVE trip to take the course. If you haven't applied for the GIVE excursions, click here!
*UNIV304 is only offered during GIVE's May - August excursions