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Lectures or readings on contemporary issues in Community Development and Applied Economics. Enrollment may be more than once, up to twelve hours.
Dates: May 20 - August 9, 2019; Travel Dates: June 1 - August 15, 2019; Location: Nepal; Instructor Permission Required; Credits: Variable 1-6; Program Fee: $1,539.00; Pre and Post work required; Apply at: http://learn.uvm.edu/study-abroad/ study-abroad-programs/
This internship course offers supervised field-based training in different aspects of sustainable development especially in entrepreneurship, education, gender, health & sanitation, environment, diversity & cultural inclusion, and other global issues. It provides on the job learning opportunity and gain real world experience to the students so that they can relate the relevant theories studied in their classes. At the same time, they can apply their knowledge and skills in a professional setting, learn valuable experience from the job exposure, increase their self-confidence, and explore future career avenues. This is a credit bearing experiential learning course integrates knowledge and theories learned in the class with the practical experience in the professional field. The internship course facilitates readings, reflective writings, international travel, project visits, interactions with local communities, and offers service learning opportunity at a local school, government organization (GO), Non-profit organizations (NGO), hospital or other local organization based on student’s interest or areas of expertise. The internship program is coordinated with various grass root level organizations in Nepal where students will have opportunity to offer services to different ethnic, cultural, community groups, and work with local teachers, community leaders and social workers. Before travelling to Nepal, students will attend classes on multiculturalism, education policies, environment, human rights, gender, sustainable development, and social change efforts in Nepal. At the same time, they are prepared to speak survivable Nepali language and learn how to accommodate the local culture in the workplace. Based on their interest, students may choose to concentrate on one of the above subject areas, conduct further field studies, and write a reflection paper and submit to the professor at the end of their internship. Learning Objectives: The Nepal internship program will have following broad objectives: 1. To offer on the job training opportunity and field experience to the UVM students so that they can apply their skill and knowledge in their professional field 2. To facilitate experiential learning environment to the students so that they can clarify and broaden their career alternatives 3. To provide general understanding of history, culture, education, gender and development in the social change process of Nepal. 4. To offer specific knowledge on multi-culture, education, gender role, sustainable development and social change process, and observe the implication of such efforts to poor and minority women, men and children in the rural and urban communities in Nepal. Learning outcomes: At the completion of the internship students will be able to: • Apply knowledge gained in the professional field to solve real world challenges especially on environment, child education, health, community development, gender and other social issues • Express their understanding of rich, historical, cultural, social, educational, gender and sustainable economic development process of Nepal • Explain the challenges and interventions of government and non-government organizations in social, environmental, educational, gender and economic development efforts • Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity to work effectively with people from multicultural backgrounds • Respect for cultural diversity and be able to promote inclusive culture at their workplace • Explain how culture plays role in education, gender and social change process • Compare and contrast cultures, gender roles, education systems, economic and social change efforts between the US and the host country Nepal. This course is taught in a hybrid format in the spring semester and continues in a travel format during the summer break time for internship in Nepal. The course work includes seminars, lectures, readings, field visits, service learnings, group works, learning reflections, interacting with the professor, community people, NGO representatives, teachers, government employees and other classmates, conducting group research work, and presenting the outcomes at the end of the internship course. Each student participates face to face meeting with the faculty during the course period to share their learning progress, and to provide and receive feedback. Students are always encouraged to talk with the professor any time if they need help or if they have any question.
Students who participate University of Vermont (UVM) internship course will be required to follow code of conduct as per the provision of the Student Hand Book. They need to acknowledge that they have read and understand the policies outlined. Students who violate any of the policies may face possible judicial actions on behalf of UVM. In addition, students who travel Nepal for the internship program are subject to the laws of the country and the rules of the institution/ NGO in which they are affiliated, as well as those of UVM. Students who violate the law may have to face legal proceedings in the local judicial system, which may not provide the same safe guards as those provided by the U.S. legal system. UVM and its faculty and hosting organization reserve the right to withdraw students from the program for conduct which: • Is deemed detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of myself or other persons • Disrupts or threatens to disrupt the internship program; or • Violates any regulations governing the program that may be established by UVM or its faculty or NGO. In such an event, students will not be entitled to reimbursement of any kind, and hereby waive any claim to reimbursement if he/she is withdrawn from the program under any circumstances. Writing works • All of your written work will be held to high standards and should conform to proper rules of grammar, usage, punctuation, and spelling • Use a 12pt font (preferably Times or Arial) and double space for journals and group final reflection paper • When referencing books or articles, follow APA referencing style as listed for the text books and reference materials • It may be helpful for you to have a friend proofread your paper before you turn it in.
The internship course work will be evaluated based on students’ participation, reflective journal writing, engage in conversation about internship experience on UVM Nepal face-book, conference with faculty, work performance supervised by host organization and writing final reflection paper. Participation, contribution and attendance 20% Weekly journal writing 30% Face book post 5% Conference with faculty 10 % Internship supervision by host organization 20 % Final reflection paper 15 %
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