The Cloud Forest School Program, Costa Rica
Swarthmore has developed a field based program at The Cloud Forest School in Costa Rica, a bilingual K-12 school serving local children in Monteverde. The school's core curriculum focuses on promoting academic excellence within a framework of environmental education. Its goal is "to encourage a new generation of ecologically aware, bilingual people with the skills and motivation to make educated land use decisions and create positive changes." It is a school that uses child centered, progressive forms of curriculum and instruction that mirror the kind of work we encourage students to think about here at Swarthmore. The program is available both semesters; it includes a full time 3 month internship at the school (3 credits) and an Intercultural credit consisting of Spanish language instruction and an independent field work project (1 credit). The program is available to students at any level of Spanish (including those who have no prior Spanish instruction). Students must have taken Education 14, Introduction to Education, in order to receive Education credit for the Internship. Contact Lisa Smulyan for more information.
Globalization and the Environment, University of Capetown, South Africa
This program, coordinated by a Macalaster-Pomona-Swarthmore consortium, focuses on environmental issues in South Africa. We are now expanding the program to include students in Education who are interested in environmental issues but who are also interested in educational issues as they play out in South Africa (e.g., literacy, equity, intersections between schools and communities and the environment, etc.). Students in the program take an introductory seminar co-taught by a faculty member from one of the consortium schools and a faculty member from University of Capetown. The rest of the program is built around an independent study project undertaken by each student that requires field work, overseen by a faculty mentor at UCT. Supporting the independent study project are two regular UCT semester courses. The program runs from January-June. The deadline for applications is October 15th; interested students should contact Carr Everbach and Rosa Bernard.
The department is happy to talk with you about other study abroad opportunities and credits as well. Contact Ann Renninger, chair.