Study Abroad Preparation
The visiting group learns about the local socio-economic and cultural dynamics, health, geo-physical landscape, and bio-diversity. In the spirit of “the need-driven research” and “the research-driven solution” framework of this study abroad program, students are encouraged to study best practices and analyze relevant data pertaining to the community projects of interest (e.g., DEMP and health camps). That is, students learn about the Danda River and its eco-systems, pollution problems, community public health issues, and come up with best practices –scientific and/or behavioral alternation– to help address some of these problems. This component may also involve some fundraising for the implementation of the community projects.
During the Study Abroad Program, Students Will:
- Read about Nepal and identified issues (health, environment, culture, people, and development challenges). Help design and develop a possible community service-learning project.
- Travel to Nepal and help implement the community projects in collaboration with the local partners. Help generate research data from such community projects for future analysis and help promote evidence-based learning.
- Participate in a one-week long multi-faceted sustainable development observational tour of the surrounding landscape to see and feel sustainable development in action. Help identify potential community-learning project ideas for future design and implementation.
- Disseminate experiential knowledge and research outputs on return through posters, presentation, papers, research notes, and policy briefs. Help promote Eco-tourism through blogs using personal narratives, sounds, and images.