Earn 16 credits and declare a minor in "Environmental Studies Guyana."Collaborate with indigenous villagers on ecological and education initiatives in pristine South American savannah and rain forest.
The Guyana Lesley Abroad
Service Semester (GLASS) provides the opportunity for profound cultural exchange between Lesley students and the Macushi people of the Yupukari region in Guyana. The first study abroad program in the
country of Guyana, GLASS is unique in that it supports a local initiative to increase literacy and numeracy among the local indigenous population, while providing rigorous education in environmental studies.
The program's in-depth
Culture and Place Immersion with communal indigenous village life allows
students to gain deep appreciation for human and biological diversity, and
the close ties between them. Students learn informally from the Macushi people's strong relationship with
their environment - living close to the land to sustain themselves without
money. Students engage in formal learning centered around tropical human ecology and indigenous natural resource management. Both groups benefit from collaborating on English language
instruction and learning and community-based environmental research.
GLASS allows students to put theory into practice by working alongside local residents to implement projects identified by the community. They have the opportunity to apply research methods learned in the classroom to field research, and then document and disseminate program findings.
- Dr. Dave Morimoto, program founder
Assistant Professor of Biology
Associate Professor of Mathematics
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Launched by the Institute of International Education in March 2014, Generation Study Abroad is a five-year initiative to double the number of students studying abroad by the end of the decade.