Earn 16 credits during nine weeks in pristine South American savannah and rain forest
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Camp Yupukari is a pre-travel course within the GLASS program to introduce students to the host organization, Rupununi Learners, its purpose in Yupukari Village and the role of students under its auspices; to prepare students to live in the host community, which includes developing a covenant of behavior for the group; to form the group into a mutually supportive team; to introduce students to some foundational concepts and practices in community service (asset-based and strengths-based approaches, a systems/complexity approach to social networks, appreciative inquiry, participatory video); and to complete each student's internship work plan before travel to Yupukari.
Internships will be hosted by Rupununi Learners, a collaboration between a US charitable foundation and a Guyanese nonprofit corporation, located in the indigenous village of Yupukari, Guyana. Interns will be trained and supervised by both US- and Guyana-based Rupununi Learners staff to undertake field work that integrates the principles and practices of community service with each student's academic pursuits and professional objectives. The village setting is an opportunity to learn hands-on skills and how to function within a complex organization.
This course introduces students to the field of conservation through both content and methodology to support student learning. With a rich environmental theme, from an eco-pedagogical perspective of integrated community, student will engage in community-based projects and co-develop materials with local community partners. With their community partners, students will innovate an evidence-based instruction that integrates their project work in formal and informal village life settings, with the purpose of improving conservation initiatives through environmental literacy among both the Lesley and Macushi communities.
Machushi villagers will introduce students to some of the key resource-based survival skills enshrined in their Indigenous Knowledge (IK). Students will make observations, ask questions, and collaborate with villagers to generate participatory videos for community viewing with the aim of supporting ongoing village discussion of the natural resource management planning process offered by NRAMP (North Rupununi Adaptive Management Process).
This course will expose students to a number of topics and a variety of research techniques related to tropical ecology. Students will combine reading and discussion with field explorations and data collection in an effort to gain insights into concepts related to tropical ecology. Course readings and discussion will complement experience and promote reflection and independent learning. Student work will be primarily field-based and assessed based on participation, reflection and critical evaluation of data. This course can be taken at the 2000 or 3000 level, by arrangement with instructor.
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