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*WCU Spring Break in The Bahamas: Community Service trip to The Bahamas
Eleuthera, Bahamas (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Service Learning, WCU Faculty-Led Study Abroad
Available to Non-WCU Students:
No Faculty/Staff Director: Claire Verden, Corinne Murphy
College: Education
Program Description:
This program is open to Special Education majors who have already taken EDA 321 (Behavior Management). Accepted students will volunteer their time over spring break on the impoverished island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas.  While there we will be volunteering at The Center for Exceptional Learners and the local library supporting children with disabilities. This is a remote island with limited resources, school materials are scarce and the children come from low-income environments. This opportunity calls for maximum flexibility, resourcefulness and cultural sensitivity.

Eleuthera, The Bahamas

Participants will stay in a shared, rented house arranged by WCU. 

Primary instruction for this program will be in English. Creole is spoken by a large number of people on the island but previous Creole experience is not required to participate.

This course will be a 1-credit special topics course in Special Education: EDA 199. Participants will complete pre and post intercultural sensitivity questionnaires and be responsible for responding to nightly journal prompts as well as seminar-style discussions of  their daily teaching activities.

Evenings after school will be spent in a seminar style fashion where we will discuss the situations encountered each day and how best to support the children there.
In addition to the regular WCU tuition/fee rates for the 1 credit hour course, students should budget for the following expenses for this program:
Round-trip Airfare - approximately $750
Rental Accommodations for 10 days $470
Transportation & Administration Fee: $300
WCU Study Abroad application fee:  $100
Mandatory WCU International Insurance: $22.50
*Please note that all costs listed are estimates and subject to change.  Contact the Program Director to confirm costs.
Dr. Claire Verden