Service Learning

Winter: Rutgers- Empowerment through Community Engagement in the Yucatan

Merida, Mexico

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Winter 2020
Jan 05, 2020
Jan 17, 2020
Oct 15, 2019
Language(s) of Instruction
English
No
No
No
Class Standing
Graduate
Junior
Senior
Good Academic Standing
Program Type
Service Learning
Credits

3

Program Advisor

The Program

Stunning wildlife and impressive Mayan ruins surround you as you explore diverse research practices, participate in immersive and demanding fieldwork to enrich the local community, and develop your knowledge of social work and community building from experts in the field.

Learn about community-based social work practices that help meet the needs of vulnerable and under served populations in Yucatán, Mexico. Hear from professional social workers and professors about the challenges and benefits of community-based approaches to empowerment and development. Engage with social workers and clients in a variety of health and social welfare settings.

 

 

 

 

Program Location

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Merida

Mérida

The tranquil, colonial city of Mérida is a wonderful blend of Mayan, Hispanic, and modern-day Mexican cultures--not to mention colorful birds, wily geckos, and bejeweled beetles. Merida is the capital of the Yucatán, and home to the Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, which will host this program.  Mérida also has a vivid cultural life of theater, dance, music, street festivals, sports, and folklore.

 

Academics

To view the syllabus for this program, please click here. Please note this is a sample syllabus, all of its content is subject to change.

This course provides students with the historical and current information on vulnerable populations in the Yucatán and the education and practice of social work in Mexico.  The course of study and service learning will emphasize knowledge and skill-building in community engagement and development that is specific to social work practice in Mexico, specifically, and Latin America, more broadly.  Community development and empowerment for addressing discrimination and oppression is a special strength of social work in Spanish-speaking countries in contrast to US models that emphasize more individualistic approaches to problem-solving. Comparative research on the efficacy of different models will be explored. Lectures from Social Work faculty at UADY, field visits and international service learning opportunities will engage students directly with clients, faculty, students and practitioners in public and private social services agencies, local traditional healers and religious community groups. 

For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Excursions
Visits to sites of cultural and ecological relevance will be incorporated into the program itinerary to give students an introduction to the unique cultural and biological landscape of the Yucatán.  Planned excursions include the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal and the Celestún Biosphere Reserve.

 

Academic Calendar

*All dates are subject to change. Do not book your flight until you have been accepted by the university and the academic dates have been confirmed.

Winter

Early January

Late January

Housing and Meals

Students will be hosted at the Hotel El Castellano in double rooms. Breakfast is included every morning in the hotel. Group lunches will be provided for all participants during the two excursions; students will be responsible for purchasing the remainder of their meals in-country during the program.

 

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
Program Cost NJ Resident non-NJ Resident
Undergraduate $2,990 $3,360
Graduate $3,220 $3,570
Program Cost includes:

•    Tuition
•    Some meals
•    Housing
•    Excursions
•    In-country transportation
•    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 $800
Additional Meals $130
Personal Expenses $50
Total $980.00
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 and visa costs, while some of these expenses, such as meals and local transportation, 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

Rebecca Davis

Dr. Davis is a professor in the School of Social Work, and also directs the School’s Office of Global Programs.  Her focus on international social work began with a Fulbright to teach social work practices in Romania, where she resided for a decade engaged in child welfare reform before serving as a consultant and project manager for various NGOs and social welfare organizations.  In addition to her specialization in Central and Eastern Europe, her research in international and comparative social work and development takes her to countries in Africa and East Asia.

DuWayne Battle

Dr. Battle is an Associate Professor of Teaching and the Director of the Baccalaureate Social Work program at the Rutgers School of Social Work.  Dr. Battle is the primary lead teacher for the Diversity and Oppression and Introduction to Social Work and Social Services courses. He has published in the area of diversity and social justice, as well as religion and spirituality. His international experience includes travel to six continents, where he has worked on academic and faith-based initiatives with a number of organizations.