THIS TRIP WILL NO LONGER BE TAKING PLACE IN SUMMER OF 2013.
Kean Svay (just outside Phnom Penh)
CHEM 290, SOCA 390, INTS 300
May 2010 - Contact CIS for information
Tentative Work Projects could include:
Cambodia: Health and Water Service Learning Study Abroad Trip
Thanks for your interest in UW-Parkside’s study abroad program, “Cambodia: Health and Water Service Learning Study Abroad Trip.” It is scheduled for summer term, June 2nd to June 18th, 2010.
I wanted to let you know about some of the ‘housekeeping’ of getting this trip off the ground.
It’s going to be a great trip, and a project that we hope will make a significant difference in people’s lives – both yours and the Cambodian people we work with. We will be staying at the project Site in of an organization called RDI Cambodia. It will be a little like summer camp – we’ll sleep in RDI’s bungalows and eat on the site or in the villages. This makes the whole trip a lot cheaper than comparable trips. To find out more about RDI, see http://www.rdic.org/home.htm . We will also take trips into Phnom Penh to see the markets, Buddhist temples, and performances of Khmer (Cambodia) puppetry, dance, and music. We’ll end the trip with a visit to Angkor Wat, one of the most beautiful ancient cities in Southeast Asia – hopefully getting there by travelling by boat up the rising waters of the Tonlé Sap, a lake fed by the might Mekong River.
If you are interested in going on this trip, it’s time for the next step. You should contact Dr. Consuelo Clemens or her assistant Susan Blust and the Center for International Studies to apply for the program. The Center for International Studies has a set some funds for financing your trip for up to $1,500 if you qualify! You must first apply for Financial Aid, and be eligible for the grant. These funds are limited – so apply now! If you qualify for the grant, you will need to write an essay and get two references plus demonstrate that you have a GPA of 2.5.
If you have not already gotten an application from the Center for International Studies, please do so as soon as possible. You might want to call before you go over to CIS at Tallent Hall to pick up an application and find out more about funding: 262-595-2701.
As soon as we have a firm count on the number of people coming, we’ll be able to negotiate with the airlines to get the best price possible. The trip is currently estimated at about $3,000, but we’re hoping it will come in lower if we get good airfare. Also, your tuition for the credits for the course are NOT included in the 3,000. You’ll want to bring cash for extras, as well, but what you might want to bring will be discussed in the orientations.
Orientation is key to a good experience. We have set up orientation as a 1 credit course that you’ll take in the Spring semester. There are advantages in doing it this way. You’d have to do orientation regardless, this way you get credit for the time you spend on orientation. A regular course will give us the opportunity to fund-raise for the trip. This will also reduce the overall cost of the trip to you because you can fit the 1 credit hour in under your current tuition, and then pay for a mere 2 credit hours in the Summer Term for the trip. The orientation is currently scheduled for Wednesdays 1:00 to 1:50 pm. It is INTS 300 - 001 “International Study Tour.” You will need the consent of Dr. Lori Allen or me, Dr. Kate Gillogly, to register for the course, so contact us for your permission numbers.
And in case your parents want to know – yes, Cambodia is safe. We will not be trekking through the jungle with machetes fighting off mosquitoes the size of those in Minnesota. RDI has been in Cambodia for a long time. Dr. Allen has been to Cambodia three times; I have worked all over SE Asia. This is going to be great, safe way to have your first overseas experience.
Finally, I’ve set up a Facebook page for people going on the trip. Search for “Cambodia Study Tour 2009: Health and Water (UW-Parkside).” Yes, I need to update the title!
Payment: Your first payment of $300 will have to be made by January 20th, 2009, the day Orientation starts. You might already have received a notice from Susan Blum about the payment schedule.
Please call or email if you have any questions!
Dr. Lori Allen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Consuelo Clemens: email@example.com
Dr. Kate Gillogly: firstname.lastname@example.org
This program is estimated to cost $3000 including airfare, room and board, health insurance, and Center for International Studies fees. Tuition for 3 credits is not included and is an additional cost
Below is an example of what the payment schedule will look like.
Class Options Include:
Be sure to apply for the Study Abroad Travel Grant. Awards will be applied towards your study abroad program. For more information see the Travel Grant page.
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