This 2-week Academic Service Learning/Study Abroad program will take students in an unbelievable journey throughout the beautiful landscape of Sri-Lanka while studying its unique environment, developing leadership skills, and providing volunteering service at an orphanage founded by Mother Theresa of Calcutta as well as a rural school.
Courses will combine classroom theoretical lectures and foreign travel to help students observe that learned in classroom. Broward College students will participate in a service-learning project in conjunction with the American College of Higher Education (ACHE) in Colombo and Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Lodging: Students will be rooming and boarding at local facilities where each student will have access to clean bed and bathroom.
This Program is part of a Contextualized Learning Community; Students selected to participate in the program must register for the following courses:
EVR1001: Introduction to Environmental Science (3 credits)**
SLS 2715: Students Leadership Development (1 credit)
*Students should be mindful of the minimum credit hours needed in order to be considered full/part time enrolment.
**This course satisfies Biological Sciences or General Education requirements.
Honors students will be able to participate as Honors by Contract upon approval by the Honors College.
Note: All students should visit an Academic Advisor prior to applying to a Faculty-led Study Abroad program as to review their class standing, part/full time status, graduation date and how the course(s) offered in the program fit or affect a student’s educational plan.
This program is open to students of all programs of study* who have not previously participated in a college-subsidized Academic Service Learning Trip.
In order to apply and participate in this program, students must:
Be at least 18 years of age (Please note: BC College Academy, Dual Enrolled, or Early Admission high school students are not eligible for this program).
Have a minimum 2.5 Overall/GPA.
Have completed at least 12 college-level credits at Broward College at the time of application.
Possess a passport valid through the end of 2018 or be able to submit evidence of having applied for a passport at the time of application.
Commit to complete both courses associated with this Academic Service Learning Community (Students who do not successfully complete the program coursework may be asked to reimburse the College for travel expenses incurred no their behalf).
Submit a complete application packet and attend an in-person interview.
NOTE: Previous applicants who applied but did NOT participate in a college-subsidized Academic Service Learning Program Abroad ARE eligible to reapply for full consideration. This program is open to students from all programs of study and does not have citizenship requirements to be considered for participation.
*Students should visit an Academic Advisor prior to applying to a Faculty-led Study Abroad program as to review their class standing, part/full time status, graduation date and how the course(s) offered in the program fit or affect a student’s educational plan
Travel Dates: July 5 - 20, 2019
Program Fee: $2,500
Costs Included: Airfare, local transportation, entrance fees, international health insurance and accommodations (including room and meals).
Costs Not-Included: BC tuition and fees, books & supplies, passport application or renewal fees, visa fee ($35 - please visit the following site for more information and application for a visa) and personal spending money.
This Academic service learning program is partially funded by Student Activity fees, Broward College's Greene Institute for International Education and the American Center for Higher Education, Sri Lanka.
Students must submit a complete application packet to a Faculty Leader; Professor Claudia Sahagun or Dr. Nilo Marin by the application deadline. A complete packet will include the following:
For more information regarding the program or to submit and application, please contact the following faculty leaders.Professor Claudia SahagunCommunicationsCentral Campus. Bldg. 9/Room 200 (954) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nilo MarinBiological SciencesCentral Campus. Bldg. 7/Room 112 (954) email@example.com
Vaccinations: There are no required vaccinations required to travel to Sri Lanka unless recommended by the student’s physician or specific health conditions of a participant. For country-specific health and immunization information visit the CDC's official Website.
Note: Some students citizens from countryes other than the U.S. might be required to show proof of a Yellow Fever vaccine in order to be granted entry to Sri Lanka. Please contact the office of Study Abroad for more information.
Other Health Considerations: Disease carrying insects (such as mosquitoes, ticks and fleas) are present in Sri Lanka; students should prepare accordingly to prevent bug bites by brining protective clothing and appropriate insect repellent. Tap water is not potable in Sri Lanka, travelers should drink sealed-bottle water and only consume ice and foods prepared/washed with potable water. For more health and safety information including more tips, a suggested packing list and the latest travel notifications, please visit the US's CDC Website.
Physical Activity: Due to the specific characteristics of this program (community service) and the location, students will be doing moderate manual work such as wall painting and gardening. Moderate to intense walking will be required.
Students are responsible for carrying their own bags to/from transportation vehicles and when changing accommodations.
Possible extreme weather conditions: Sri Lanka has a tropical weather temperature year-round in most of its territory. There are chances of heavy rains since travel time is between Monsoon seasons. Students should bring water proof jackets and walking shoes.
Safety and Travel Considerations
U.S.-Sri Lanka relations: Relations between the United States and Sri Lanka are based on mutual interests and a shared commitment to the ideals of democratic governance. U.S. policy toward Sri Lanka is characterized by respect for its independence, sovereignty, and moderate nonaligned foreign policy; support for the country's unity, territorial integrity, and democratic institutions; and encouragement of its social and economic development.
Country-specific Safety and Travel Information
The U.S Department of State offers travelers with country information pages to assist international travelers. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you. Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to decide whether traveling to that country is right for you.. In general, the sheets do not give advice. Instead, they describe conditions so travelers can make informed decisions about their trips.
Please review Sri Lanka's information page for country-specific information.
For more information about health, safety, emergency preparation and travel considerations please review the Faculty-led Study Abroad Student Handbook.
The Faculty-Led Program Student Handbook provides the student information covering a wide variety of topics which pertain to the policies and procedures regarding study abroad. Students should check back frequently for any updates or changes to the handbook.