For students eager to do fieldwork abroad, but who feel unprepared to make a success of it:
We designed GLASS for you -- the Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester, a partnership between Lesley University and an indigenous village NGO in English-speaking Guyana, South America.
GLASS is an 8 week, 12 credit semester that teaches a method of participating in another culture: situating indigenous villagers as the teachers, and Northerners as their students, in a reciprocal, collaborative knowledge exchange in service of village initiatives. Students contribute their technological and academic skills while immersed in Indigenous Knowledge experiences in one of the last pristine tropical ecosystems on earth. Recent collaborations produced the first GPS/GIS community map for use in land rights negotiations and the first local catalog of medicinal plants.
The four courses are:
Tropical Ecology (Fieldwork in forest, savanna and riverrine ecology - may include additional Lab credit)
Tropical Human Resource Ecology (Indigenous Knowledge and Participatory Video)
Eco-pedagogy (Cross-cultural teaching and learning - from a post-Freirean perspective)
Community Service Through a Chosen Discipline (Student-Villager partnerships to apply each student's major to addressing a community need)
Please see the attached flyer for posting and circulation, and these websites for the details:
Alice Layton MSW MLS
Rupununi Learners Foundation