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*J-Term Namibia | Comparative Education (EDUC 385) C - CLOSED
Etosha National Park, Namibia; Khorixas, Namibia; Opuwo, Namibia; Otjiwarango, Namibia; Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia; Windhoek, Namibia; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: J-Term
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Housing Option: Guest House Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Type: Faculty-Led Language of Instruction: English
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Language Prerequisite:
None Class Eligibility: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Academic Area: Education Language Courses Offered: No
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Credit Type:
Department Credit, Elective, General Education (C) Program Advisor: Megan Grover
Eligible to Non-PLU Students: No Faculty Leader(s): Dr. Jan Weiss
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PLU Global Scholar Award eligible?:
Yes Program may include: Service Learning/Volunteer, Student Teaching
Program Description:
Program Description:
J-Term BannerNAMIBIA
Program Overview:
In this two-month course, students will student teach for approximately 6 weeks in primary schools located in the Windhoek area and volunteer in a local community organization. All students will learn about the historical aspects of education in Namibia and compare and contrast educational practices in Namibia and the United States. This experience will be augmented by study tours to historically significant sites such as the Ondao Mobile Primary School, Old Location and Katutura as well as by the interactions and discussions with native Namibians. 

Why Study Education in Namibia?
When students reflect on their life changing Namibian student teaching experience, they describe the confidence they gained as teachers and the benefit to teaching in a diverse setting. They learn to be creative in developing learning activities that supports learners in different contexts. Teaching in a young democratic country focused on continuous improvement in education strengthens their overall development as a teacher and positions them well for teaching in diverse U.S. classrooms.

NOTE: This program is open to non-Education majors and will include an individually designed volunteer opportunity that could include time in a health related non-profit, a community outreach program or an orphanage.

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Tentative Program Dates:
Depart SeaTac Airport January 2 / Arrive Windhoek, Namibia January 4, 2019
Depart Windhoek, Namibia February 1, 2019 (J-Term participants & faculty leader only)
Depart Windhoek, Namibia February 23, 2019 (Student teachers)

Health & Safety Considerations:
Students are transported to and from school in a van with a designated driver. The program also covers an additional weekly drive within the city for evening activities or grocery shopping. The program leader also has a car that is used to transport small student groups. Our home base stay in Windhoek will be at African Sunrise which is a self-catering guesthouse in Windhoek West. Students are in bunk rooms of 4 people in a room and have their own cooking facility, as well as a pool and outdoor barbecue area. Students cook evening meals together, and are responsible for making their own breakfast. Breakfast food is supplied. During the first study tour we stay in local lodges and students share a room and meals are provided. The homestay is in a rural village and students share a room in a local house. Each student has a bed with a mosquito net, and the accommodations do not include indoor plumbing. In Sossusvlei, the students camp and tents and sleeping bags are provided by the tour company. There is a malaria risk on the first study tour so students are in a malaria risk area from approximately January 13-January 20 and will need medication for that period. Hiking at Daan Viljeon and the sand dunes can be physically challenging but does not require advanced training. Students have completed both activities in supportive sneakers, and for the dunes often go barefoot. No additional equipment is needed. The temperature in Namibia is hot in January and February. Keeping hydrated and using sunscreen is imperative.

Final Program Fees:
J-Term only: $6,500 (2018)
Student teachers: $7,000   

Cost Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Lodging
  • Program-related ground transportation
  • Some meals
  • International SIM card and adequate air time minutes
  • All entry fees to sites required for class and group excursions
  • International emergency medical insurance
Not included in the Itinerary:
  • Trip cancellation insurance
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Cost of individual recreation
  • Laundry and personal expenses

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