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*WCU Spring Break in The Bahamas: Community Service trip to The Bahamas
Eleuthera, Bahamas (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Spring Break
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 11/18/2018 ** Rolling Admission 03/07/2019 03/17/2019
NOTE: Please note that dates and costs are tentative and subject to change. Contact the Program Director for updated information.

** 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.
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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:
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bahamasflagPROGRAM 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.

LOCATION
Eleuthera, The Bahamas

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

LANGUAGE
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.

TYPE OF PROGRAM
This course will be a 1-credit special topics course in Special Education: EDA 195. 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.

PROGRAM SEMINARS
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.
 
PROGRAM COSTS*
In addition to the regular WCU tuition/fee rates for the 1 credit hour course, all participants will be billed a $200 administrative fee for the program by the WCU Bursar's office. In addition, all participants will be billed a non-refundable $100 study abroad application fee upon applying to the program and should budget for the following additional expenses for this program:

Round-trip Airfare from Philadelphia to Governor's Harbor - approximately $750
Housing - $320
Meals - $200
In-country Ground Transportation - $140
Mandatory WCU International Insurance - $25
Spending Money (optional) - $100
*Please note that all costs listed are estimates and subject to change.  Contact the Program Director to confirm costs.
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Claire Verden
cverden@wcupa.edu
610-738-0514

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