The Bennion Center is known for its wonderful Alternative Breaks program; our program was actually honored with the Program of the Year award. (see this video for the interview our staff partner Kris Fenn and student board representative Nisha Kavalam talking with ABC 4 about it here)
One of the really awesome programs we offer is a course every spring and partnering spring break trip to COSTA RICA! This is a very unique opportunity to really put service learning into actual work, as well as traveling to a beautiful, wonderful country.
The political science course is offered every Spring Semester and is
worth 3 credit hours. The course fulfills the international requirement
and is service-learning (Community Engaged Learning) designated. The
course is cross-listed at the graduate level. One third of participants
are graduate students. We draw heavily from MPA, MPP, MIAGE, PRT
programs, among others.
The academic content of this course is an
introduction to International Development and Aid theories. We explore
practical solutions and alternatives to traditional development aid
theories and subsequent challenges.
And then of course, the trip!
The spring break trip goes down to the Monteverde
region of Costa Rica. This component
involves immersion in village culture, community and service-learning.
Students will learn from first hand experiences that highlight:
1. the role of women in development
2. fair trade agriculture
4. sustainable development
5. conservation biology
6. cooperative business management
8. payment for environmental services
Applications for this course and trip are available now here. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Gina Russo at firstname.lastname@example.org.