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*J-Term Tobago | Social, Educational & Health Services in Tobago (SOCW 325) C - CLOSED
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: J-Term
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Restrictions: PLU applicants only
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Housing Option: Guest House Minimum GPA: 2.0
Program Type: Faculty-Led Language of Instruction: English
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Language Prerequisite:
None Class Eligibility: 1.First-Year, 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Academic Area: Social Work 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. Angie Hambrick
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PLU Global Scholar Award eligible?:
Yes Program may include: Community-Based Learning
Program Description:
Program Description:
J-Term BannerTobagoProgram Overview:
Through observations, readings, critical reflections, and group debriefing, we explore the meaning of service and community cultural wealth in Tobago, as well as formulating a better understanding of our ethic of meaningful service. Students will learn about the culture of Tobago, health, educational, and social service strengths and challenges in Tobago, and how those needs are being addressed. We will participate in a variety of excursions designed to introduce students to the physical as well as cultural and social environment of Tobago. In the course, we discuss power, privilege, and intersectionality focusing largely on race, gender, and nationality.

Why Study Social Work in Tobago?
This course allows students to recognize the role culture and context plays in service delivery, provides opportunity to interact with a different culture through the lens of abundance and not deficit, and demonstrates the importance of community culture wealth.

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Tentative Program Dates:
January 2-28, 2019
Jan 2 - depart SeaTac
Jan 3 - arrive to Tobago
Jan 17 (late afternoon) - depart Tobago, arrive to Trinidad
Jan 21 (late afternoon) - depart Trinidad, arrive to Tobago
Jan 28 - depart Tobago, arrive to SeaTac

Health & Safety Considerations:
Mode of intended international and local transportation – airplane, maxi bus, taxis, and walking  
Health risks in the locations of travel:
   Possible exposure to mosquito-borne diseases – chikungunya, zika virus
   Potential for motion-sickness (winding, hilly roads; boat excursions)
   Potential for dehydration – the temperature is warm and students are not used to the heat and humidity
   Potential for sunburn
   Potential for traveler's diarrhea – opportunities for street food, local cuisine with different spices
Activities that may put an individual's health at risk 
   Swimming, snorkeling, exposure to sun
Participants should be prepared for the following activities:
   Walking, hiking, swimming, snorkeling, carrying own luggage 
Air quality is good; there is limited exposure to animals, though some students have volunteered at local SPCA; there are animals that roam freely – dogs, cats, chickens – as well as farm animals that are tethered while grazing.
We stay primarily in Scarborough, a community of about 26,000, but we do travel around the island, so are in rural settings, as well. We also visit Trinidad, travelling to a swamp, a rural cacao farm, as well as Port-of-Spain.

Final Program Fee: 

Cost Includes:
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Lodging 
  • Program-related ground transportation
  • Most meals
  • Laundry
  • 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
  • Personal expenses
  • Telephone/Internet charges

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