Winter Break

This course is designed to provide an alternative to typical winter break activities. Additional tuition is not charged as it is included with spring semester tuition.

 

16-17 Cuba:
Natural Resources and Environment
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With the diplomatic relationships restored between Cuba and USA, it is a unique opportunity to study abroad to this Caribbean island. Now is the time to indulge in the fascinating culture, unique environments, complex politics, and interesting history. Tour this tropical oasis filled with a beautiful coastline, lush vegetation, mountains, and diverse agricultural areas. Cuba offers a wonderful mixture of music, traditions, culture, and climate. It is one of the safest and hospitable locations in Latin America. Students will spend 8 days and 7 nights in Cuba, earning one credit. In the Viñales Valley, focus on the ecology and agriculture of the premier tobacco-growing area in the world. While visiting a national forest, learn about their conservation programs and participate in a bird watching tour with a local expert. Understand products and consumerism while touring an agricultural market and food ration store. Tour Havana and explore the city’s culture and history. Discuss Cuban politics and expectations about the country’s future with a long-time Financial Times journalist. Check out the home of Ernest Hemingway. Visit the Museum of the Revolution to see artifacts of history. At the Zapata Swamp, observe birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. Other experiences may include visits to a Cuban crocodile research center, organic farms, and recycling and waste treatment facilities.
For more information contact:
Dr. Elizabeth Flaherty, FNR, eflaher@purdue.edu
Dr. John Graveel, NRES, jgraveel@purdue.edu
 
17-18 Haiti
Engagement Methods for International Food Security
This course will explore existing malnutrition, health, and economic issues and develop potential educational engagement strategies to improved nutrition with sustainable agricultural and animal sources of nutrients and improved access to clean water. Work and learn in Cap-Haitian. Learn to contribute to sustainable community projects through application of agricultural and food sciences. Students will also be required to register for a preparation seminar fall 2017 and an 8 week course spring 2018.
For more information contact:
Dr. Mark Russell, YDAE, mrussell@purdue.edu
 
17-18 New Zealand
With a country full of breath-taking beauty with diverse natural landscapes of mountains, rolling pastures, lakes, beaches, rivers, and volcanoes, this course will focus on agriculture within New Zealand. Visit Quail Island to focus on restoring ecoysystems resilience to global change. Explore Akaroa by taking a dolphin cruise. Compare differences and similarities by touring a dairy and sheep farm. White water raft at Mt Peel. See animals and a Maori cultural performance at the Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.
For more information contact:

Engagement Methods for International Food Security in Haiti    --- apply here

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Students will travel to and live in Cap Haitien for 8-9 days and work with Haitian partners and students to learn the principles of extension methodology, sustainable community development, and how to most effectively work with local leaders. Students will also learn the intercultural communication, entrepreneurial business planning, and cultural factors affecting community food security status while they work bi-national teams to determine how best to apply their classroom knowledge and experience.tudents will travel to and live in Cap Haitien for 8-9 days and work with Haitian partners and students to learn the principles of extension methodology, sustainable community development, and how to most effectively work with local leaders. Students will also learn the intercultural communication, entrepreneurial business planning, and cultural factors affecting community food security status while they work bi-national teams to determine how best to apply their classroom knowledge and experience.

Students will also be required to register for Preparation Seminar Fall 2016, and an 8 week course spring 2017 course. The course is limited to 18 students who will​ earn a total of three academic credits for this Haitian experience. There will be a one-hour fall semester course that will meet at 5:30 on Wednesdays to learn about community development methods, Haitian culture and history, Creole language, and prepare for our project work. The winter break portion is one credit. The one-credit spring reflection and wrap-up seminar will be an 8 week course. 

   

For more information contact:
Dr. Mark Russell, ANSC, mrussell@purdue.edu

12-13 Lessons from Haiti Presentation Video
12-13 Blog

Animals and Food Security: Service Learning in northern Haiti – Cap Haitian(PDF)



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