Faculty-Led Study Abroad

 

Spring 2020 Destinations

 

Costa Rica

 

Costa Rica

The 11-day long trip will focus on the issues of social justice, equity, resilience and environmental sustainability within the concepts of volunteer tourism and community-based development in Costa Rica. Students will participate in two service-learning projects, one focusing on natural resource conservation, the second on community-based development. Students will participate in several guided tours (historical and nature-based) led by local scientists, biologists, and historians. Students will also participate in several guest lectures by local experts on youth at risk, sustainable community development, and conservation and preservation of natural resources.

Date
March 17, 2020 - March 28, 2020

Faculty Leader
Dr. Pavlina Latkova


Summer 2020 Destinations

 

Cape Town, South Africa

 

Cape Town, South Africa

Over the spring semester, students will enroll in a 3-unit independent study, instructed by Dr. Stebbing. Dr. Stebbing will also instruct a 1-unit study over the summer during the study abroad. No cost will be associated with the course as Dr. Stebbing volunteers her time. SF State students selected for the program will participate in bi-weekly meetings during the spring semester. During this time, we will Skype with True North staff, provide geographic, cultural and safety information to students and have them start planning their curriculum projects. Dr. Stebbing will oversee this pre-service training. Students in the CAD, ECSE, EED, CFS and KIN Departments with experience serving as early childhood educators are eligible for applying to the program.

Date
June 6 , 2020- July 31, 2020

Faculty Leader
Dr. Lygia Stebbing

 


Guatemala

 

Guatemala

This will be an immersive experience focused on working with the mothers in the early childhood development program run by the community-based nonprofit host organization, Mu Milagros. There is an opportunity to work with mothers on identifying what skills/resources/assets are available to them so that they can build off of. These workshops will allow the mothers to begin to think of their own role in shaping the economic standing of the family by leveraging their skills as tools for development.

Date
June 6, 2020 - June 20, 2020

Faculty Leader
Dr. Carrie Holschuh


Ecuador

 

Ecuador

This course is a broad overview of the ecological and social dimensions of tropical forests in Ecuador. The first unit covers theories of ecology. Potential topics include climate; distribution of forests and forests types; structure; function; composition and community; biological diversity and evolution; complexity; succession and regeneration; and comparisons between temperate and tropical forest systems. The second unit covers historical and contemporary dimensions of forest decline. Potential topics include logging; agricultural production; rural development and resettlement; urban expansion; extractive industries, (oil, natural gas, mining); hydroelectric development; and the role of indigenous peoples and other ethnic minorities in forest industries. The final unit covers solutions to forest decline and the role of forests in the future. Potential topics include restoration; conservation; ecotourism; non-timber forest products; carbon offset programs; organic farming; and sustainable forestry.

Date
June 24, 2020 - July 15, 2020

Faculty Leader
Dr. Logan Hennessy


Taiwan

 

Taiwan

This course is designed to introduce principles and applications in adapted therapeutic exercise. Students are acquired to learn theoretical and practical knowledge in adapted physical activity and therapeutic exercise including clinical assessment and program design for individuals with physical disabilities. Various disciplines of Kinesiology in relation to adapted physical activity and therapeutic exercise, such as anatomical. physiological, biomechanical. pedagogical and socio-psychological aspects, will be reviewed in this course.

Date
May 31, 2020 - June 22, 2020

Faculty Leader
Dr. Wei-Ru Yao