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Zambezi, Zambia (Outgoing Program)
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|Area of Studies:||Leadership Studies||Featured Programs by Department:||Comprehensive Leadership|
|Minimum GPA Requirement:||3.0||Additional Features:||Service Learning|
|Faculty Leader(s):||Armstrong, Josh||Program Type:||Faculty-Led|
|Academic Level:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore||Language of Instruction:||English|
Program Overview:This month-long summer study abroad program, sponsored by the Comprehensive Leadership Program (CLP), provides a transformational opportunity for students to immerse themselves in another culture while gaining a deeper understanding of culturally intelligent leadership, a greater sense of self-awareness, and critical engagement with intercultural competencies.
Essential to this academic experience is student involvement in a variety of community development projects. The essence of the program is rooted in accompaniment—meaning that while in Zambezi, students generate opportunities to receive in the places they are serving, become mutually indebted to the community, and develop meaningful relationships that assist them in operating at eye-level.
Three weeks will be spent in Zambezi studying leadership and performing community development activities including, leadership training, educational literacy projects, health education program, and teaching basic computer skills. In addition, the program includes a 3-day visit to Livingstone, Zambia. While in Livingstone, you will visit the famous Victoria Falls and then go on a wildlife safari in beautiful Chobe National Park in Botswana.
Objectives & Goals
- Understand and practice key concepts of leadership theory through an international experience.
- Develop culturally aware leadership and self-awareness through critical reflection of the personal impact of our course materials, travel experience, and international service.
- Strengthen intercultural competence and develop and promote an ethic of civic engagement and service-learning.
- Provide rigorous academic and experiential education which is both international and intercultural in nature and which develops critical and reflective thinking skills in college students.
Location:Zambezi is located in the northwestern corner of Zambia near the headwaters of the Zambezi River. Zambezi River is Africa’s 4th largest river system and is famous for being part of the spectacular Victoria Falls. The town is considered large in this area of remote villages. It is near the famed Chinyingi Suspension Bridge.
Summer 2015 Courses:INTERCULTURAL PERSPECTIVES ON LEADERSHIP LDRS 350 (1 credit)
Students will be expected to take part in this 1-credit pre-immersion orientation course during the spring semester prior to the summer study abroad program. This will include a weekend retreat. This course is an orientation to global leadership and the development of intercultural competencies needed for a successful immersion experience in Zambia.
INTERCULTURAL EXPERIENCES ON LEADERSHIP LDRS 355 (3 credits)
The learning objectives of the Intercultural Experiences on Leadership course are to (1) Understand and practice key concepts of leadership theory through an international experience. The leadership theories explored include servant leadership (Greenleaf, 1977), social change model (Higher Education Research Institute, 1996), authentic leadership (George, 2005) and the GLOBE-Global Leadership and Organizational Behavior Effectiveness study, (House et al, 2004); (2) Develop culturally aware leadership and self-awareness through critical reflection of the personal impact of our course materials, travel experience, and international service; (3) Strengthen intercultural competence (Bennett, 1993), and develop and promote an ethic of accompaniment (Ausland, 2006); (4) provide rigorous academic and experiential education which is both international and intercultural in nature and which develops critical and reflective thinking skills.
THE WRITING TRAVELER ENGL 305 (3 credits) (can be substituted for 200-level Core literature requirement) This course will focus on the writing of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction essays with an emphasis on the subjects, themes, and experiences of the traveler in Zambia. Students will practice using their writing to understand, reflect upon, and tell their own and others’ important stories.
Housing and Meals:Students will live, study and work at a local Zambezi convent. Accommodations and meals are simple.
Meals, most reflective of the Zambian diet, will be prepared and shared communally.
Cost:Summer 2015 (Click the link)
Additional Information:To read student reflections from past study abroad experiences in Zambezi, please visit www.GonzagainZambezi.org