Service Learning

Summer: Rutgers - Critically Examining Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) of The Anglophone Caribbean

Saint Lucia

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Summer 2021
Jun 20, 2021
Jun 27, 2021
Mar 01, 2021
Language(s) of Instruction
English
Yes
No
Yes
Class Standing
Junior
Senior
Graduate
Good Academic Standing
Restrictions

Students will be notified of any program cancellation due to COVID-19 by February 15th, 2021. If host country does not allow US tourists or has not lifted mandatory quarantine restrictions by February 15th, the program will be cancelled.

Program Type
Service Learning
Credits

3

Program Advisor

The Program

Explore the challenges facing NGOs in the developing world while studying on the beautiful island of Saint Lucia.

This 3-credit, embedded study abroad course immerses students in the inner workings of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations operating in the anglophone Caribbean. Students will participate in a regular lecture course during Summer Session 1 that will introduce themes and topics to be addressed during their field trip to the quintessential island paradise of Saint Lucia.

Water in Saint Lucia

Program Locations

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St Lucia

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation with a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. Its coast is home to volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages.

Academics

This 3 credit course, embedded study abroad course immerses students in the inner workings of nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations operating in the anglophone Caribbean. Students will participate in a regular lecture course during Summer Session 1 that will introduce themes and topics to be addressed during their field trip to the quintessential island paradise of Saint Lucia. This course consists of class meetings online during Summer Session 1 prior to going abroad and field/classroom work while in the island of Saint Lucia.

See below for a description of the course. 

Students will spend seven nights on the island of Saint Lucia – one of the most captivating islands in the world. While on the island, participants will attend interactive lectures with senior level scholars and practitioners involved in the nonprofit sector and for nongovernmental organizations, participate in field trips, and have ample time for sightseeing, discovering the hypnotizing blue green waters of the Caribbean breaking just offshore, and learning about the people and culture of Saint Lucia throughout their stay.

Preparatory reading and a paper due two weeks after returning from Saint Lucia are required. This course is interdisciplinary (Public Administration, Public Health, Urban Education, Art History, Archaeology, Political Science, etc.) and students from different backgrounds should consider applying!

Note: This course is a graduate level course but is open to advanced undergraduates with permission of the professor.

 

Special  Topics in Public Service: Study Abroad in Saint Lucia (3 credits)

Click here to see the syllabus

Applicable disciplines: Public & Nonprofit Affairs, Public Administration, History, Political Science, Economics, Criminal Justice, Public Health, Global Studies, & Environmental Studies 

Course level: Graduate 500 Level but open to advanced undergraduate students 

This course is designed to largely focus on the financial management of international nonprofit organizations in the developing world, with a primary focus on the island of Saint Lucia. The primary goal of this program is to prepare students who are interested in working across borders to appreciate and confront the challenges of implementing complex public service policies and programs in different international contexts.

An additional goal is to give students the opportunity to travel abroad and gain an international public administration perspective and to experience a different cultural environment. The readings and discussions are designed to cover several key areas of nonprofit financial management including: governance, fundraising, revenue diversification, and budgeting. This course consists of class meetings in person and online prior to going abroad and field/classroom work while on the island of Saint Lucia.

Important dates:

Students will be notified of any program cancellation due to COVID-19 by February 15th, 2021. If host country does not allow US tourists or has not lifted mandatory quarantine restrictions by February 15th, the program will be cancelled.

Housing and Meals

Students will share double rooms in a hotel. Breakfast is included every morning.  Some lunch and dinners are included. Students will be responsible for any other meals. 

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $1,680 $2,050
Graduate $1,910 $2,260
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Administrative Fees
  • International SOS Health Insurance

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $500
Additional meals $150
Books and Classroom Materials $50
Personal Expenses $100
Total $800.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.

Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as meals and personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.

Scholarships

Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website

Faculty Leaders

Dr. Cleopatra Charles

Dr. Cleopatra Charles is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University–Newark. She is a public budgeting scholar whose research focuses on financial management and fiscal policy issues that affect government and nonprofit organizations. More recently, her research has focused on nonprofit organizations and the relationship between governance decisions and financial preparedness in dealing with adverse circumstances. Her work has appeared in several top peer-reviewed journals, including Public Budgeting and FinanceMunicipal Finance JournalNonprofit Management and Leadership, and American Review of Public Administration.