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Service Learning in Jamaica


     Winter Term 2016-2017

Get into the field and learn the meaning of service learning.  This program combines a course on campus during the 2015-2016 Winter Term with service learning projects in the famous Alpha Schools of central Kingston, Jamaica during Spring Recess to create a unique Learning Community.  Work with Music and Education faculty in the classroom and on-site in Kingston, Jamaica.  This is a hands-on learning experience which combines two different disciplines and offers students the chance to learn and teach alongside young Jamaicans. 

Eligibility:  This program is open to all majors but is highly recommended for students in Education (Elementary or Secondary) and Music Education.

Faculty Contacts:  Dr. Mike Egan (Education) and Dr. Frederick Jaeschke (Music)

Program Dates:  The travel portion of this program occurs during Augustana's Spring Break.  In 2017 this will be between February 17 and March 5.

Academics:  This program is an experiential Learning Community (LC) composed of two Education courses carrying Human Values and Existence (PH) perspectives and the Global Diversity (G) suffix.  Students will be able to take other courses during Winter Term as all travel is over Spring Break. Courses included:

EDUC 262 (PH, G): International Comparative Education, 3 credits -- (Jaeschke/Egan)

EDUC 263: Jamaican School Immersionm, 1 credit -- (Jaeschke/Egan)

Cost: Estimated fee for 206-17 is $3,100

Cost includes: Airfare, room & board in Jamaica, ground transportation, excursions, insurance. 

Cost does not include: Discretionary spending.

Financial Aid:  As this program does not include tuition charges, only travel expenses, financial aid for the Spring Term cannot be applied to the program costs.  These costs are in addition to the tuition and room/board charges for the term of the program.  This program is Augie Choice and IOP Grant eligible.  IOP grants are competitive and limited in number.

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Application process:  Students are encouraged to attend the Study Away Fair on campus this October 4th.  Each program will also hold informational meetings in October and early November.  The online application for this and all 2016-2017 programs will go live in November 2015.   Online applications and a $300 deposit are required by January 15, 2016 in order for full consideration.   If the program is overenrolled a selection process based on academic year and GPA will be utilized to select the participants and a short alternate list.  If a program has vacancies after the January deadline, late applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.