College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Study Abroad 2/4/11

February 3, 2011

I. UC Davis Summer Abroad Opportunities
II. Volunteer in Latin America

I. UC Davis Summer Abroad Opportunities
Open to all UC students.
Your campus summer financial aid applies.
All courses taught in English.
Students of all majors welcome to enroll.
Earn 8 upper division quarter units in 4 weeks!

Participating on a summer abroad program will not only have an incredible impact on you academically and personally, but also allow you to incorporate your international experience in your professional career. Visit http://summer-abroad.ucdavis.edu to start an online profile or interest list, or to see a full list of 35+ Summer Abroad programs. The deadline to enroll is April 1, 2011. Programs are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The application is easy. No essays. No letters of recommendation. Students who enroll by March 1 are eligible o apply for a Summer Abroad Travel Award ($500-$1500)! Visit the program-specific pages (links below) for detailed program descriptions, fees, field trips, accommodations and more. Podcasts of information sessions are also available and new podcasts are posted weekly.

ECUADOR – Sustainable Ecuador – From the Andes to the Amazon
Location: Quito, Yachana - Ecuador
Courses: Native American Studies 133B & 198
Instructor: Stefano Varese (svarese@ucdavis.edu)
Interact with indigenous Amazonians while examining their historical development and current initiatives to save the Amazon rain forest.

AUSTRALIA - Urban to Outback
Location: Melbourne, Kakadu - Australia
Courses: English 139 & Humanities 198
Instructor: Heather Milton (hnmilton@ucdavis.edu)
INFO SESSION: Thursday, January 20th, 4-5pm
Experience the confluence of European and aboriginal culture in the modern, multicultural city of Melbourne and the vast, sparsely populated outback. Spend one week at Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage Site for its unique flora and fauna, and discover plants, marsupials, birds and crocodiles in their natural habitat.

SOUTH AFRICA – From City to Safari
Location: Cape Town, Edeni Reserve – South Africa
Courses: English 139 and Humanities 198
Instructor: Eric Schroeder (ejschroeder@ucdavis.edu)
INFO SESSION: Tuesday, January 11, 12-1pm
Study South African history and nature in the amazing waterfront city of Cape Town and on safari at Edeni and Kruger National Park. See elephants, rhinoceros, buffalos, lions, and leopards.

GERMANY/ITALY – Community Politics and Development in the European Union
Location: Freiburg, Germany & Treviso, Italy
Courses: Community and Regional Development 153B & 198; Graduate student alternative: CRD 242S & CRD 298
Instructor: Frank Hirtz (fwhirtz@ucdavis.edu)
Design your own learning experience by picking community development topics that interest you—politics, environment, social justice, etc.


II. Volunteer in Latin America
AMIGOS is an international nonprofit organization that provides leadership and community service opportunities for young people to learn by working with others across the Americas. Each summer, AMIGOS trains over 700 Volunteers and Project Staff to live and work in host communities across the Americas. To create these opportunities, we partner with international non-profits, local agencies and government ministries who share in the vision of engaging international and local students in their work. AMIGOS has developed some really wonderful volunteer opportunities for college students that I feel provide the perfect opportunity for CNR students to complement their academic studies with a hands-on, full-immersion experience working in a community in Latin America.

In summer 2011, AMIGOS will have three “College Division” project options (see bulleted list below) where our partner agencies have requested the participation of university students whose relevant coursework, skill sets and command of the Spanish language can be best put into practice in the field. AMIGOS College Division Volunteers will be placed in communities with one to two other college students so that they can be further engaged in the structure of AMIGOS programs and even conduct their own research. College Division Volunteers will also have the chance to meet with partner agency representatives to gain a more in-depth understanding of the partner agency’s work and how collaboration with AMIGOS further supports and develops their organization’s mission.

For a more detailed list of the many benefits of these College Division programs, visit http://www.amigoslink.org/volunteer/college/.