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Mar 01, 2021
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.
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.
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 in person and 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.
Management of International Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) (3 credits)
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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
As we progress into the 21st Century, the process of decision-making has change rapidly. Currently, the international public sector is vibrant and expanding rapidly. This sector engages and works with international organizations, governments, and the private sector to advance governance in a wide variety of dimensions: establishing accepted global norms, creating democratic governments in states that previously did not operate democratically, and providing aid and humanitarian assistance to countries that are in the greatest need of outside support.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the challenges and opportunities of managing international nongovernmental organizations by visiting and learning from NGOs, and those who are leading these organizations, on the island of Saint Lucia. In this context, we will be able to investigate core areas associated with international NGOs that are largely viewed as external: (1) history and trends (largely explored prior to arriving in Saint Lucia); (2) internal management of NGOs and the specific skillsets required for managing on a global scale; (3) the roles of NGOs and they work with other organizations to achieve public purposes; and (4) future directions and challenges facing NGOs.
Additionally, we will explore how NGOs work internally to maximize efficiency and responsiveness. This includes proficiency in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluating goals and objectives established in the strategic plan, communication tactics, knowledge of cultural, historical, and governance structures when working with international entities, and contract negotiation.
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Program Cost includes:
- Some meals
- Administrative Fees
- International SOS Health Insurance
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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.
Dr. Stephanie P. Newbold is an associate professor of public affairs and administration at Rutgers University -- Newark. She is an internationally recognized scholar specializing in democratic-constitutionalism, the intersection between law and public management, and the intellectual history to public administration. Newbold served as the 2012 U.S. Supreme Court Fellow in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice. She currently edits The American Review of Public Administration, one of the premier publication outlets in the field.