Category: Study Abroad Trips

Co-lead Students on an International Volunteer Project!

Opportunity to Co-lead a Group of Students on an Overseas Volunteer Project Summer 2017

International Student Volunteers (ISV) is looking for faculty and graduate students to serve as University Leaders (ULs) for a minimum of two weeks on ISV’s 2017 May to August Volunteer Programs in Australia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, New Zealand, South Africa or Thailand. Expenses will be covered; see below for details.

THE ISV PROGRAM

ISV offers students a unique 4-Week Program consisting of a 2-week volunteer project in conservation or community development, followed by an exciting and educational 2-week tour that highlights the best natural and cultural wonders of the host country. Our projects focus on experiential education and making a positive impact to underserved communities, degraded habitats and endangered species by working closely with local organizations and community leaders within each host country. Project activities include:

Building playgrounds, latrines, daycare centers and classrooms

  • Providing children’s healthcare and education programs, in addition to sports and recreation
  • Teaching children basic English, math, health and hygiene
  • Assisting with terrestrial and marine ecology research programs
  • Habitat restoration and wildlife protection
  • Providing care for threatened wildlife and rescued animals, including special focus projects for pre-veterinary groups in sanctuaries and reserves
  • Organic farming and erosion control

 INTERNATIONAL RECOGNTION AND AWARDS

ISV is an internationally-acclaimed organization offering award-winning programs to students around the world. More than 350 universities worldwide have awarded course and internship credits to thousands of students for participation in an ISV Program. Additionally, all students will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award provided as part of the U.S. President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation

ISV was also awarded a TOP TEN volunteer organization by the U.S. State Department.   More than 30 members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives serve on our Board of Reference in support of the nearly 4 million hours of volunteer work contributed to date by ISV participants.

 UNIVERSITY LEADER EXPENSES COVERED BY ISV

 Round-trip international flights and all in-country travel within the host country

  • Accommodations and three meals per day provided on the Volunteer Project
  • All on-site project training and material, with 24 hours support from ISV in-country office

HOW TO EXPRESS INTEREST

If you are interested in becoming a University Leader and co-leading a group of students on an ISV conservation or community development project next summer, please click here to complete an interest form.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Please refer to our website for detailed information about ISV Programs, destination countries, dates and more.  Check out the over 600 ISV participant reviews on GoOverseas.com, and get a 90 second video overview of the ISV Programs.

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Cuba Update: Faculty and their partners are welcome

Cuba Study Abroad Program

Spring Break, March 4-12, 2017

Several weeks ago I informed you that this coming academic year a VT colleague (Devi Gnyawali) and I were planning a study abroad program just to Cuba (March 4-12, 2017), and that we were permitted to take other faculty members from Virginia Tech and other schools because of the educational nature of the program.  We just recently learned that because of the continuing relaxation of travel restrictions participating faculty may also take  their spouses or partners

Given the swiftly changing relations between the US and Cuba and the rapid changes in Cuba itself we think this is a particularly exciting time to visit the country.   The focus of the program will be quite broad, looking at various aspects of social, economic, political, and cultural activities in this rapidly changing society.  The program highlights include:

 

  • Day 1: Fly to Miami (from a DC airport) and do a tour of Little Havana
  • Day 2-4: Fly to Cuba and spend next 2 days in Havana
  • Day 4: Havana +  Mayabeque
  • Day 5: Havana + Cienfuegos
  • Day 6: Cienfuegos + Trinidad
  • Day 7-8: Cienfuegos + Santa Clara
  • Day 9: Return to USA

If you are planning to participate in the program you should register before the end of the month after which the travel agency’s prices will be going up due to rising costs in Cuba.  In order to enroll you should call EF’s Traveler Support: 877-485-4184 and give them the group trip number: 1823736VY.   They have lots of experience packaging educational programs to Cuba and you can find their website at: www.efcollegestudytours.com  If you see a message on their website that our program is full, you can ignore that–it is a mistake and they are taking down.

First Cuba blog post.

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Study Abroad in Cuba over Spring Break!

Cuba Study Abroad Program
Spring Break, March 4-12, 2017

Devi Gnyawali and I (Rich Wokutch) from the Department of Management, Pamplin College of Business are very pleased to announce an exciting new study abroad program to Cuba scheduled for Spring Break 2017. This had previously been approved as a regular study abroad program for students but we just received approval to faculty to participate as well. Given the swiftly changing relations between the US and Cuba and the rapid changes in Cuba itself we think this is a particularly exciting time to visit the country. Between us Devi and I have led over 20 study abroad programs to Asia, Europe and New Zealand.

The focus of the program will be quite broad, looking at various aspects of social, economic, political, and cultural activities in this rapidly changing society. The program highlights include:

· Day 1: Fly to Miami (from a DC airport) and do a tour of Little Havana
· Day 2-4: Fly to Cuba and spend next 2 days in Havana
· Day 4: Havana + Mayabeque
· Day 5: Havana + Cienfuegos
· Day 6: Cienfuegos + Trinidad
· Day 7-8: Cienfuegos + Santa Clara
· Day 9: Return to USA

Program Fee: The program fee is $4285 for faculty. The fee includes roundtrip airfare from Washington D.C., all lodging (double rooms), meals, ground travel, and entrance fees. Cuba is very expensive, but we have been able to negotiate a good rate from an educational travel company (EF: Education First located in Boston), which is experienced in Cuban travel. Faculty who pay their deposit by May 31 will receive a $100 reduction in the program fee, thus making the total fee $4185. The $4285 rate is guaranteed until the end of June. The balance of program fees will be due November 1.

Some examples of the types of activities on the program include the following: walking tour of Little Havana (in Miami), visits to University of Havana, a community day center, several national parks, Ernest Hemingway Museum/former residence, several small scale enterprises, an art school, and the Bay of Pigs Museum. We will also attend an orchestra performance and interact with a local sports team. A fuller description of program activities is available at: http://www.efcollegestudytours.com/eLiterature/DBD/2016/CUAA.pdf

In order to register for the program and secure the $100 discount and lock in the current program price you will need to call Education First at 1-877-485-4184 and make a $500 deposit (they accept credit cards). If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at 540 231-5084 or 540 915-2025 or wokutch@vt.edu. Devi is currently out of the country but he can be reached via email at devi@vt.edu

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VT Summer session I Ecuador

Ecuador: Cultural Immersion through Food

Program Components:

  • Program Length: May 25 – June 5, 2016
  • 1 Professor from Virginia Tech University: Dr. A. Ozzie Abaye, Dept. Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences
  • 1 Professor from Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)
  • Private Tour guide for Quito´s Historic Center Tour
  • 3 Day excursion to Muisne
  • 2 Day vist to the Salasaka Community
  • 3 Day visit to the Añangu Community

Program Includes:

  • Hotel Accommodations in Cumbaya, with breakfast
  • 1 day Private Guided Excursion to Otavalo, with lunch
  • 1 day Group Tour of Quito´s Historic Center, with lunch
  • Includes:
    o All in-country transportation
    o 1 Welcome Lunch

Virginia Tech Student Price: $2,495.00 (Based on 10 students)*
Virginia Tech Professor Price: $2,195.00

This price quote is subject to change depending on the number of students recruited by VT
or a change in itinerary.

Syllabus

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Scholarship for studying at Universidade Paulista, in São Paulo, Brazil

We wish to communicate to all interested candidates that there is a great opportunity to participate in a scholarship program offered by IBS Americas in partnership with UNIP – Universidade Paulista, in São Paulo, Brazil. UNIP is a private university interested in receiving students from all over the world, conveniently located near Paulista Avenue, one of the safest areas of the city, in the heart of one of the Latin America’s financial districts and home of the international community in São Paulo.

Because we are aware of the difficulties young professionals and students face when traveling abroad to study, our International Business School – IBS Americas – offers scholarships covering up to US$ 4,000 of the tuition fees together with extensive travel preparation and unparalled in-country support.

There has never been a better time to visit Brazil, the world’s fifth-largest country – and not just because the World Cup was held there last year and the Summer Olympics in 2016. Thanks to the growing strength of the economy, and the improved infrastructure required for the events, the country is safer and easier to travel around than ever before.

The American dollar (USD) is at its strongest level in years and now 35% stronger against the Brazilian currency (Real) than one year ago. This has made traveling to Brazil even easier.

Our intensive programs are taught exclusively in English (except Estrategia & Marketing para Países Emergentes, which is taught in Spanish). The four programs cover topics such as:

  • Strategy & Competitiveness;
  • Strategic and marketing aspects of conquering markets in low incoming countries;
  • Current Economic Scenario of Brazil and other emerging countries;
  • Global context of Agribusiness;
  • Innovation, Technology & Sustainability.

Together with guest speakers and company visits, students will gain knowledge about how to do business in Brazil and other emerging markets, as well as about the global power of Brazilian agribusiness. Programs are offered 3 times a year, as follows:

January: 2 weeks (Dates TBA)

July or August: 3 weeks (Dates TBA)

Students interested in transferring credits will be evaluated based on their final project presentation, final exam, class participation and class attendance. The final grade and the attendance rate will be available on the Transcripts Report.

All Sophomore and up or graduate students, regardless of grade point average, area of study, Portuguese Language background, citizenship or residency status are eligible and encouraged to apply.

This is a great opportunity to get to know Brazil, one of the newest economic powers in the world, while opening up new academic and professional horizons for you. Our last groups were composed of students from more than thirty-five different countries. You may also visit our YouTube channel, to watch testimonials from our students in Universidade Paulista.

How to participate? All interested candidates should contact my assistant, Mr. Julio Quadros, at julio.quadros@ibs-americas.com not later than March 27th of 2016, in order to receive an application form and all detailed information regarding the program.

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Wintermester Trip to New Zealand

The group enjoying the spectacular scenery at Arthur's Pass National Park in the Southern Alps of the South Island between the Canterbury Region and the West Coast.

The group enjoying the spectacular scenery at Arthur’s Pass National Park in the Southern Alps of the South Island between the Canterbury Region and the West Coast.

North Island deer farm in the Ruahine Mountains. Venison is a thriving industry in New Zealand. The deer are often raised on the same farms as sheep and beef cattle to utilize New Zealand's abundant forages. Our group visited several of these farms in different parts of the country. The primary market for venison is in Europe, but the farms we visited are looking to increase venison exports to the US and our hosts were very interested in getting the students' input on how to market their product to American millennials.

North Island deer farm in the Ruahine Mountains. Venison is a thriving industry in New Zealand. The deer are often raised on the same farms as sheep and beef cattle to utilize New Zealand’s abundant forages. Our group visited several of these farms in different parts of the country. The primary market for venison is in Europe, but the farms we visited are looking to increase venison exports to the US and our hosts were very interested in getting the students’ input on how to market their product to American millennials.

Our group meeting with Dr. Kevin Heasman, a researcher at the Cawthrone Institute's Aquaculture Research Center. Aquaculture is another growing industry in New Zealand. Dr Heasman is researching how to improve production of some species that are already farmed n New Zealand such as green shell mussels, which are popular at Chinese buffet restaurants in the US, and he is also doing the only research in the world on learning how to farm shrimp scampi. Currently scampi are harvested from very deep in the oceans and the nets are 80% filled with marine life that is not intended to be harvested and is harmed by being caught. Farming scampi would be both more efficient and better for the environment. The problem is that scampi live where there's no light, so no one knows what they eat, how they reproduce, etc. Dr. Heasman is answering those questions and may be developing an entire new industry.

Our group meeting with Dr. Kevin Heasman, a researcher at the Cawthrone Institute’s Aquaculture Research Center. Aquaculture is another growing industry in New Zealand. Dr Heasman is researching how to improve production of some species that are already farmed n New Zealand such as green shell mussels, which are popular at Chinese buffet restaurants in the US, and he is also doing the only research in the world on learning how to farm shrimp scampi. Currently scampi are harvested from very deep in the oceans and the nets are 80% filled with marine life that is not intended to be harvested and is harmed by being caught. Farming scampi would be both more efficient and better for the environment. The problem is that scampi live where there’s no light, so no one knows what they eat, how they reproduce, etc. Dr. Heasman is answering those questions and may be developing an entire new industry.

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$500 Scholarships from Volunteer Forever

Starting today, you can apply for a $500 scholarship to volunteer or intern abroad with an organization of your choice. Click here to learn more and to apply!

While you don’t have to currently be fundraising for a volunteer trip or international internship, special considerations will be given to those who have active campaigns – and winner’s funds will be distributed through your campaign page. If you still need to set up a campaign, click here to get started.

Applications are open now through March 31, and winners will be announced in mid-April.

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Wintermester trip to Ecuador

GroupThree faculty (Matt Eick, ENSC; Renee Eaton, HNFE; and Zac Zimmer, FLL) led a group of 17 students to Ecuador over this past Wintermester. The trip focused on research and outreach efforts that engaged students in a multicultural perspective focused on the interaction of South American Culture, Environmental Issues, and Human Health, and a chance to build lifelong friendships while engaging in professional and personal development opportunities. Students experienced Ecuador’s incredible diverse ecosystems including the Galapagos Islands, high Andes Paramo, and the Amazon rainforest.

 

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Research Internship: Systematic review of gender responsive agricultural research and development (ARD)

Internship opportunity for masters and Ph.D. students with AWARD. African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) wishes to contribute to a prosperous Africa – a continent that is able to sustain food and nutrition security for all its people. AWARD invests in African women scientists and institutions to deliver innovative gender responsive Agricultural Research and Development.

AWARD and APLU’s Knowledge Center for Advancing Development through Higher Education are seeking opportunities for collaboration as AWARD drafts a new strategic plan that will involve institutional capacity building. In the new strategic visioning, AWARD’s mission is to invest in leading African women scientists and institutions to deliver innovative gender responsive Agricultural Research and Development (ARD).

The intern(s) will help AWARD and the Knowledge Center to better understand who is doing what and where in gender responsive agriculture (GRA) in general and particularly within agricultural research and development.

More information on this opportunity, along with instructions to apply, are here.

The deadline to apply is January 30, 2016.

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Study Abroad Funding Available!

From the CALS Academic Programs Blog:

Scholarship funding is available for CALS students planning a Virginia Tech-sponsored study abroad experience for winter session 16 or spring semester 16. To receive a scholarship, students must be enrolled at Virginia Tech during time of travel.

To apply, please submit:

  1. The program/class you plan to participate in.
  2. A brief statement (250 words or less) relating the trip to your program of study.
  3. A breakdown of expenses and other sources of funding.
  4. A brief statement (250 words or less) explaining the long-term value of travel to your career goals
  5. Application Cover Sheet: click here:  Call for study abroad – 15-16 cover sheet

ALL MATERIALS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TOGETHER AND SENT TO:

Dr. Susan Sumner, Associate Dean and Director, Office of Academic Programs 1060 Litton-Reaves Hall (0334), Blacksburg, VA 24061, sumners@vt.edu

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