GLOBAL COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

Utah State University study abroad programs in partnership with Youthlinc

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The Global Community Leadership program (GCL) is a Youthlinc core program in partnership with Utah State University (USU) designed to meet the demand of university students, including Youthlinc alums and adult professionals, to have an integrated local and international service experience embedded in academic learning.  Curriculum explores:

  • Local and global citizenship
  • Best-practice domestic and international development
  • Assessment of common humanitarian principles
  • Leadership development
  • Project management
  • Advocacy
  • Practical hands-on service

This program invites and inspires participants to ask difficult and probing questions about what it means to be responsible citizens engaging in local and international humanitarian efforts.

GCL is firmly rooted in Youthlinc’s mission of creating lifetime humanitarians.  GCL guides participants in an impactful direction, creating community leaders who have a practical and academic understanding of the complexities of local and international citizenship and humanitarianism.

Youthlinc is a 501c3 nonprofit, so trips are tax-deductible and participants will be able to fundraise through Youthlinc’s social fundraising software.

KENYA

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CAMBODIA

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VIETNAM

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Kenya: Global Health

Dates: May 13-28, 2019

Students on the GCL Kenya team will be able to earn 3 credit hours through Utah State University.  Students can earn upper-division public health or Master’s level credit.

Students will examine and compare the health infrastructure and issues in several parts of Kenya. Students will spend time in Nairobi as well as rural Kajuki applying foundations of Global Health. Projects will include organizing community health fairs for men, women, and teenagers, hands-on projects management, and other practical opportunities to discover how concepts, theories , and strategies play out in real work situations. There will be time at the end of the trip to experience more of Kenya with an exciting safari experience.

GCL Kenya partners with the Nairobi Utumishi Rotary Club to facilitate a meaningful practicum of experience in on-the-ground service and sustainability.  GCL participants will have the option of extending their Youthlinc GCL experience beyond the 2-week international portion to do extended internships with foreign NGOs.

The cost for this program is $2,999 plus tuition paid to USU, which includes airfare, food, water, accommodation, in-country transportation, all scheduled in-country activities, and program fees. This does not include USU’s OGE fee ($150), passport, visa, immunizations, tips related to travel in Kenya, or souvenirs.  Participants desiring to go on this program for no credit pay the same amount as participants seeking credit but do not have to pay USU’s OGE fee.

Cambodia: Genocide Memory

Dates: May 17-31, 2019

Students on the GCL Cambodia team will be able to earn 3 credit hours through Utah State University.

This course seeks to understand the causes of genocide, with Cambodia as the key case for analysis. Students will witness first-hand the Khmer Rouge killing fields and hear from survivors of genocide. They will deeply explore how a people and country move on from such an experience. Students and local villagers will work on a number of development projects with Sustainable Cambodia, a local NGO that assists rural villages in achieving sustainability and self-sufficiency. International internships may be available upon request. Students will experience the beauties of Angkor Wat (UNESCO World Heritage site) and explore the lively city of Siem Reap.

GCL Cambodia partners with our long time partner Sustainable Cambodia to facilitate a meaningful practicum of experience in on-the-ground service and sustainability.  GCL participants will have the option of extending their Youthlinc GCL experience beyond the 2-week international portion to do extended internships with foreign NGOs.

The cost for this program is $2,599 plus tuition to USU, which includes airfare, food, water, accommodation, in-country transportation, all scheduled in-country activities, and program fees. This does not include USU’s OGE fee ($150), passport, visa, immunizations, tips related to travel in Cambodia, or souvenirs.  Participants desiring to go on this program not for credit pay the same amount as participants seeking credit but do not have to pay USU’s OGE fee.

Vietnam: Global Storytelling

Dates: July 7-21, 2019

Students on the GCL Vietnam team will be able to earn 3  credit hours through Utah State University.

Students will prepare for, execute, and evaluate one-day personal storytelling conferences for high school students in three Vietnamese cities. as a learning community, we will also study the role of narrative non-fiction in a global crisis context. The project provides and opportunity for student to engage in their own storytelling projects and develop awareness of global issues. They will practice fluency in narrative non-fiction writing and demonstrate the ability to competently produce mass communications products with compassion, understanding and ethics. International internships may be available upon request. Students will cruise the breathtaking Ha Long Bay (UNESCO World Heritage site) and tour historical sites in Hanoi.

GCL Vietnam partners with local NGO, SJ Vietnam, to facilitate a meaningful practicum of experience in on-the-ground service and sustainability.  GCL participants will have the option of extending their Youthlinc GCL experience beyond the 2-week international portion to do extended internships with foreign NGOs.

The cost for this program is $2,799 plus tuition to USU, which includes airfare, food, water, accommodation, in-country transportation, all scheduled in-country activities, and program fees. This does not include USU’s OGE fee ($150), passport, visa, immunizations, tips related to travel in Vietnam, or souvenirs.  Participants desiring to go on this program not for credit pay the same amount as participants seeking credit but do not have to pay USU’s OGE fee.