During this two week study abroad program in the West
African country of Benin, students live and work at the Songhai Centre, a 40
acre campus for agricultural development and training, recognized as a UN
Center of Excellence in promoting sustainable development. The Songhai
Center hosts us in one of their agri-tourism hostels, provides us abundant
fresh food, much of it from its own fields, and supports many of our service
projects. We use Songhai drivers and interpreters during our busy
in-country itinerary, which takes us to project sites, cultural sites, markets,
and entertainment. We also work with another African NGO, Centre Africa
Obato, on a community based palm oil project. The Benin program and its
students continue to be invited by our African partners into new service work.
Students and faculty in the Benin Program have come from
many schools and academic disciplines to take part in or develop their own
research or service projects as part of their coursework and experience.
The program offers an innovative learning community in which
students take a variety of courses, share their knowledge, and work on
personalized projects. Over the years, the program has developed rich
cultural resources for study of a wide range of topics from art, literature,
history, and music to development studies, the environment, politics, community
health and nursing. For more project ideas, visit with program faculty,
Dr. Susan Norwood, Dr. Torunn Haaland, or Dr. Mark Alfino.
- Open to all students regardless of major
- Complete foundation content online early in the summer &
- Travel to Benin the first two-weeks in August
About the Courses
ENVS 370/NURS 499: The Environment and Health. This course considers the impact of selected environmental factors on health. Students will conduct an environmental assessment of the Songhai Center in Benin and will compare how environmental conditions affect the occurrence of selected health conditions in Benin and the US.
PHIL 301: Ethics and Development Issues, introduces students to major ethical theories and focuses applied work on international ethics and development issues, particularly in Benin.
PHIL 495: Philosophy of Culture: Benin, introduces students to the philosophical study of the cultures, history, literature, religion, and politics of Benin. Students choose a focus within the course resources based on their particular interests.
The Songhai Center
- ONLINE COURSE WORK
June - July 2013
- IN-COUNTRY SERVICE/STUDY
August 1 - August 12, 2013
- PHIL 301: Ethics (3 credits)
- PHIL 495: Philosophy and Culture (3 credits)
- ENVS 370/ NURS 490: The Environment and Health (3
- NURS 467: Practicum in Community Health (3 credits)
- ENGL 492: Special topics (Travel writing) (1 - 3 credits)
- JOUR 495: Directed study (1 - 3 credits)
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Dr. Mark Alfino
Dr. Susan Norwood
Dr. Torunn Haaland
Gonzaga-in-Benin is open to all undergraduates who have completed at least freshman year and meet the admission requirements listed below:
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Two letters of academic recommendation
- Student Life clearance
- Meet any course prerequisites
- Committee selection
Estimated Program Cost: $3,300, plus airfare*
The program cost includes tuition for 3 credits.
* exact cost depends on enrollment
Within two weeks of the date of acceptance, students are required to reserve their place on the program with a $500 deposit that is applied to the cost of the program.
When to Apply
Application Deadline: February 8, 2013.
- Early application is encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis up to the application deadline or until the program is filled.
- Operation of this program is subject to administrative approval and is dependent upon meeting the minimum enrollment.
- Application form (type directly into pdf and then print completed application)
- $50 non-refundable payable via Study Abroad CASHNet
- Two (2) academic recommendations
- Student Life clearance online form
- Return application to the Study Abroad office either in person (323 E Boone Ave) or by campus mail to AD Box 85.
Be sure that your passport is valid for six months after the end of the study abroad program.