A new course, IDSC 490 Topics: A VISION of Intercultural Service-Learning (two credits), will be offered in January 2001. This course uses literature (fiction, nonfiction, essays, and journalistic writing) and a profound personal service experience to understand the phenomenon of social change.

One faculty member is sought to team-teach this course with Michael Klein, director of the VISION program. The faculty member should have extensive experience in both service and in international travel and a demonstrated commitment to the ideals of service-learning. Faculty compensation will be $1,750 or inloading a half course with departmental chair approval, plus the expenses of the trip to Guatemala.

This course is designed for all students participating in the three-week VISION trip to Guatemala during January 2001. The course will focus on the six components of the VISION program: service, simplicity, community, spirituality, inter-cultural exchange and justice issues. The class will meet four times in the fall before the trips. These meetings will prepare students for the experience of participating in meaningful, significant service in a developing country. Students will read, discuss, and write about the following: ways of doing service; kinds of service; satisfactions, consequences, and hazards; social documentation; and the interaction and understanding of a foreign culture with service.

The class will have four meetings following the return from Guatemala at the end of January. At these meetings the focus will be on re-entry, re-orientation, reflection, reading, and synthesis, and will conclude with a public symposium of students’ individual projects. Course enrollment is limited to 12 students.

UST has offered 16 trips to Guatemala in the past 14 years (student volunteer trips in January and alumni trips in June). The focus of the service experience includes housing, reforestation, health care, cooperative farming and other projects at a 36-year-old comprehensive Catholic mission.

To apply for this position, please send a letter detailing service and travel experiences and a current vita to Dr. Ellen Kennedy, coordinator, Service-Learning, Mail #6026, or electronically to ejkennedy no later than April 20. Please contact Kennedy at (651) 962-5082 with any questions.


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