Summer Global Learning Programs
Why we need your support?
Currently, cost is THE limiting factor to having students enroll in the international summer programs. Both programs, though, offer hugely rewarding experiences: Switzerland/Italy—cultural immersion and Mexico— service learning. Neither are achievable unless the students are able to travel and enroll in the program. Most of the students who enroll in the program have not yet been to another country. Currently, there are no WWU scholarships or financial assistance for international study during the summer. This donation makes such study possible. After graduation, many students volunteer for Peace Corps or take advantage of other international opportunities.
The Global learning Programs (GLP) provide a special opportunity to students to study their academic discipline in an applied way with WWU faculty and staff in a cohort of about 12 peers. Instead of studying environmental science and studies in a classroom, students participate in hands-on natural beekeeping practices (Switzerland), cheesemaking in a Tuscan farmhouse (Italy), or service learning building water catchment systems in rural areas of the altiplano (Guanajuato state, Mexico).
Natural beekeeping in Switzerland with world-renowned bee scientist Johannes Wirz.
Cheesemaking with the Camporbasso associative economics/biodynamic collective in Tuscany.
Students participate in language immersion, and receive certificates of completion.
In addition, the faculty director, Gigi Berardi, offers additional field learning opportunities prior to departure from and upon return to western Washington.
The Mexico experience, in particular, prepares students for volunteer work with Peace Corps or to take advantage of other international opportunities.
In Mexico, the students perform service work, building water catchment systems:
The first step is crimping the wire frameworks.
Soil particles are uncovered and sorted then stucco is applied to the wire frame.
A full immersion experience includes cooking and cleaning!
Please consider a donation to help offset the cost for students to participate in this amazing experience in Switzerland/Italy and in Mexico! There is no doubt the students enjoy it.
See evidence of the cultural immersion character of the Switzerland/Italy program here: https://wp.wwu.edu/italy/photos/