Earn sixteen credits collaborating with Guyana 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.
The Guyana Lesley Abroad Service semester, in keeping with Lesley University's mission and core values, involves active learning, scholarly research, critical
inquiry, and diverse forms of practice. Students complete the GLASS program with the knowledge, skill, understanding, and ethical judgment to be
catalysts who shape a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
Associate Professor of Social Study of Science
Associate Professor of Biology, Director of College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Natural Science and Mathematics program
GLASS Main Page
Program Information and Application Process
Natural Sciences and Mathematics Main Page
Study Abroad Info for Parents and Students
Study Abroad Financial Aid Info
Guyana Lesley Abroad Service Semester
Undergraduate Study Abroad Main Page
Tuition and Fees
Credit Toward Graduate Education - Lesley Dividend
Foreign Language Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
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