Travel Courses

The Center for Civic Engagement supports travel courses with a civic engagement component. These courses vary in when and where they travel, as well as the frequency of offering. Please contact CCE staff for more information. 

Hands On Hawaii - Spring Break, 2018 (2 credits)

The spring civic engagement course takes students to Oahu, Hawaii over spring break where students participate in various civic engagement projects that provide hands on learning experiences about the culture of Hawaii, sheds light on the issues that this island'd population faces, and promotes various forms of sustainability. Email if you are interested.

Ecuador Language, Culture, and Education - Winter, 2018 (2 credits) 

This 2-week travel course immerses students in the language, culture, and educational system of Ecuador. It also exposes students to elements of pre-Colombian cultures in Ecuador that are still important today (religion, food, health care). Students will observe and teach in elementary/middle schools in Quito, Ecuador and will participate in workshops that focus on a variety of regional indigenous cultural expressions. This course will be taught through the Andean Center for Latin American Studies in Quito, Ecuador. Educational excursions to local historical, cultural, and development sites complement students' class work. Prerequisite: EDUC 371. Counts towards core requirement: International Perspectives and Civic Engagement. 2 credits.

Previous Civic Engagement Courses

Courses in which students travel to different countries to study with an instructor are available every year and offer a range of destinations, activities and focus areas. Previous courses include:

Navajo Service Learning 

This course combined learning gained through service and cultural activities in the Navajo community with academic knowledge from readings, discussions, and videos. During the experience, Pacific students stayed at the boarding school in Lukachukai, Arizona. For the community service aspect, the group was divided into two teams. One team assisted in the boarding school classrooms and the other chopped wood for elders who live in remote houses throughout the countryside.

Tapalpa, Mexico Teaching Practicum  

This 3-week travel course immerses students in the language, culture and educational system of rural Mexico. Students observe and teach in elementary/middle schools in the small town of Tapalpa, Mexico and participate in workshops that focus on a variety of regional indigenous cultural expressions.

Ecology, Development and Indigenous Peoples of Ecuador 

Academic study during the semester followed by a three week immersion in Ecuador. In the Amazon, students learn from the Runa people and assist with their agriculture, children's education, and building projects.

Ghana Service Learning 

Students in this class lived and worked with the people in the village of Amedofe in the mountains of eastern Ghana. Student projects involved teaching AIDS education to middle and high school students, building energy efficient stoves, and assisting in classrooms.

Kenya Service Learning  

Class stayed with the people of Maweni, a village on the coast south of Mombasa, built a classroom, and tutored school children. This project was begun by Pacific graduate, Wintry Whitt Smith, and her husband Paul Smith. Their work there continues through the Amani Education Project.