St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
This 6-credit travel experience (three weeks in May) offers students a unique opportunity to explore the rich political, social and cultural history of the U.S. Virgin Islands. On the island of St. Croix, students and faculty will participate in a service experience at Early Child Head Start, the St. Croix Women's Coalition, The Village (an addiction treatment center) or with The Nature Conservancy. Students will investigate the delicate ecosystems of the island, including the pristine beaches, which are one of the few places in the world where Leatherback sea turtles come to nest. Students will learn about the colonial history of the U.S. Virgin Islands from local experts and culture bearers.
Andean Highlands and Cloud Forest, Ecuador
Visit Kichwa communities in the Andes and gain insights into bilingual schools and traditional healing practices. Hike and explore biodiversity in the Cloud Forest. Learn about sustainability, fair trade coffee and ecotourism. Support community conservation. Become an ecological citizen!
GS 375 Ecuador Travel Study: Civic Engagement and the Environment fulfills Goals 9 and 10 and counts for electives in GSWL, SPAN, SUST, WGSS. Financial aid is available. The May term is worth six credits and the winter term is worth three credits.
Contact Dr. Linda D'Amico at LDamico@winona.edu for more information.