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Ag Service Learning in Mexico

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In partnership with the UBELONG organization, students will travel to Merida, Mexico to participate in a variety of local service projects.  UBELONG uses a bottom-up approach to identify local challenges and help mobilize the necessary resources.  Service learning opportunities include working with a local environmental group on deforestation and environmental education, working in a center for people with disabilities, or working with disadvantaged children in an orphanage or daycare.  

Students will be enrolled in an accompanying course that will meet regularly during the fall semester with a required travel component January 4 - 11, 2015. 

DATES:  
     On-campus course: September 22 - December 19  
     Travel Dates:  January 4 - January 11

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Participate in meaningful service opportunities that begin locally and culminate in service to community members in Merida, Mexico.
  • Deepen learning experiences regarding societal issues facing the Bluegrass and beyond.
  • Choose one of two learning projects including 1) working alongside a local environmental group in Mexico to advance local deforestation and environmental education efforts or 2) working with disadvantaged youth at a local orphanage/daycare facility helping with homework, organizing and playing sports and making art with youth.

ACADEMIC CREDIT
Upon completion of on-campus coursework and service in Mexico, undergraduates will earn GEN 302 (3 credit hours)

ELIGIBILITY
This program is open to all undergraduate students who have declared or are planning to declare a College of Agriculture, Food & Environment major.

HOUSING & MEALS
Students will be housed in hostels within the Merida city limits.  Two meals per day (breakfast and lunch) will be provided.  Participants will be responsible for dinner on their own.

COORDINATORS
Amanda Saha, amanda.saha@uky.edu
Jamie Dunn, jdunn2@uky.edu