|Term||Start Date||End Date||Application Deadline|
Jun 19, 2022
Jun 25, 2022
Mar 01, 2022
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. Class will meet once in person before leaving for Saint Lucia (9:00 - 5:00 pm). In addition there will have a total of five virtual sessions before and after returning. These could be asynchronous or synchronous (TBD).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)
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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
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.
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Program Cost includes:
- Some meals
- Administrative Fees
- Emergency Medical Access Abroad
|Books and Classroom Materials||$50|
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. 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 Finance, Municipal Finance Journal, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, and American Review of Public Administration.