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Belize, Central America
Service Learning is an academic approach that marries service with learning. It creates an opportunity for learners to provide a meaningful service to a community learning and achieving personal and professional growth in the process. It provides opportunities for developing the kind of literacy that educators such as Paulo Freire spoke about – reading the world, not only the word; In fact it allows us to go beyond reading the world and lets us engage with the world and with each other. Service Learning is not just volunteering. While one can learn from any volunteering experience the extent and depth of the learning may vary. Service learning seeks to maximize the learning by including learning as an intentional goal, planning for it and including elements in the experience to guarantee learning. Service Learning is not just learning. It is meant to provide a service to the community or organization with whom we engage- those that help us and travel with us on the learning path. The kind of service must be meaningful and useful to those with whom we engage.Service learning is not only for students or faculty. Anyone can engage in service learning whether they are students, professionals or retirees.
Engaged scholarship is a concept which highlights the need to link scholarship with larger societal needs and challenges. It aims to engage the educational institution in the active search for better ways to understand the social, economic and environmental problems that society faces and find better ways to solve them. It seeks to foster more intimate relationships between the school and other actors in the public, private and civil society sectors, build partnerships and foster collaborative engagement and reciprocity. Engaged Scholarship aims to level the “ivory tower” to a single story with lots of doors and windows. It includes a variety of approaches in which service learning is one and Participatory Action Research is another.
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Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, many still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.
C.E.L.A Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members in each period (winter and summer). Each scholarship has a value of 50% of the regular cost of a single course or full program. A full program means two (2) courses (for a scholarship value of approximately $2500). Students can choose among any courses offered. Additional charges (late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, credit from a U.S. college/university, etc.) will be charged directly to the student at their full price. Contact us for more details
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Who can apply The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Find out more here
So if a scholarship opportunity didn't work out, you can turn to many internet crowd funding sites to try and raise funds. If somebody can raise $6k for potato salad, who knows what you might be able to achieve.
There are of course other crowd funding options such as indigogo and many more, so go on, get creative, get social and we'll see you soon.