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Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College organizes study abroad experiences tailored for education majors. These opportunities allow students to expand their skills and knowledge working with diverse groups.  Open to students of all majors.

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Spring 2018
Tropical Ecology: A Cultural Exchange in Costa Rica
Session A Course
Travel: March 3-11, 2018

Application deadline: November 15, 2017

Only a few degrees north of the equator, Costa Rica is a popular tropical destination thanks to its diverse ecology and landscape — protected natural areas constitute nearly one-fourth of its topography. Music, dance, art and cuisine are highlights of Costa Rican culture, and the nation actively promotes and supports public education.

This study-abroad opportunity combines conservation, culture and education. School visits in the central valley will allow interaction with Costa Rican teachers and students, while immersion in a small community (away from tourist traffic) will provide insight into local environmental education. Also included are visits to Pacific beaches, the Veragua Rainforest, Arenal Volcano and participation in a two-day sea turtle conservation project.

This program is open to ASU students with any major, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher. It fulfills a third science credit for Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students. Participants must enroll in SCN 305: Costa Rican Language, Culture and Society (3 credits). A final project will be required.

For more information about this program, please contact Molina Walters at molina.walters@asu.edu.

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University Service-Learning in Costa Rica
Session B Course

Travel: May 10–27, 2018

Application deadline: November 15, 2017

This two-and-a-half week program will combine class content with opportunities to perform service with high-needs populations while experiencing the culture of Costa Rica.

During this experience, students will spend half of the trip in the small rural community of Montserrat, located within the central valley of Costa Rica in the cloud forest — about one hour from San Jose. The other half will be spent in Javillos, home to Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue. Areas of service include: teaching English, assisting in local schools, volunteering at a wildlife rescue and helping with local community improvement projects. Two additional excursions are included: the Arenal Volcano and the beach at Punta Leona.

This program is open to ASU students with any major. Participants will receive elective credit while satisfying General Studies requirements for Cultural Studies and Literacy. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students will satisfy University Service-Learning requirements on their major map: USL 410 Diverse Community Issues (3 credits).

Details and the application are available through the Study Abroad Office. Space is limited to 15 students per program, so apply early. The application process opens in August and closes on November 15.

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Summer 2018
Session B Course

University Service-Learning in Spain
May 20–June 14, 2018

Application deadline: March 1, 2018

The four-week program will combine class content with opportunities to perform service with high-needs populations while experience the culture of Granada, Spain.

Granada, at the foot of Spain’s Sierra Nevada in Andalusia, is a multicultural showplace. Its history as a center of both Islamic and Catholic influence provides a wealth of art and architecture, including chapels and cathedrals, as well as the legendary Alhambra citadel and its gardens, the Generalife. Granada is located only an hour’s drive from the Mediterranean coast.

Areas of service include: leading activities at local schools, volunteering at senior centers and orphanages, and helping with social services projects. You will live and serve in the communities you are learning about and help make a difference around the world.

This program is open to ASU students with any major. Participants will receive elective credit while satisfying General Studies requirements for Cultural Studies and Literacy. Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College students may choose from two courses to satisfy University Service-Learning requirements on their major map: USL 210 Introduction to Diverse Community Issues (3 credits) or USL 410 Diverse Community Issues (3 credits).

Details and the application are available through the  Study Abroad Office. Space is limited to 15 students per program, so apply early. The application process opens in November and closes on March 1.

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