Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 37.54
Liaison Krista Bailey
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2020
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Indiana University South Bend
AC-5: Immersive Experience

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Krista Bailey
Director: Center for a Sustainable Future
Sustainability Studies
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Does the institution offer at least one immersive, sustainability-focused educational study program that is one week or more in length?:

A brief description of the sustainability-focused immersive program(s) offered by the institution, including how each program addresses the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainability:

1) Sustainability and Wellness in Costa Rica
One week Spring Break and Summer, month long programs. Travel in beautiful Costa Rica, “the Green Republic,” as you learn about environmental conservation, the challenges of eco-tourism and the principles of sustainable development. Explore environments that range from volcanic cloud forest to tropical coastline as you learn about efforts to preserve the natural beauty and diversity.

Stay with families in a small city rich in traditional culture and home to some of the longest-living people in the world. Improve your Spanish in small conversation classes from beginning levels to fluency. Teach English and provide health information during a stay in a nearby rural community.

Open to all majors and all language levels.

2) Icelandic Land Ethics: Sustainability of Natural-Based Resources
Come learn about the sustainable practices of Iceland’s natural-based resources amid her growing tourism market. Explore Iceland’s rich history as it pertains to the development of a deep and abiding land ethic among her inhabitants.

Stay in a postcard-like setting on Holar University College’s campus nestled in a lush valley between two large mountain ridges in the north central region of Iceland. Enjoy excursions to witness fire and ice at its best, as well as the creatures that live there: seals, puffins, whales, and others.

3) Belize Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Learn the secrets of medicinal plants on the Maya medicine trail. Climb to the top of Xunantunich, one of many Mayan ruins, and see where Belize meets Guatemala; explore the pitz stadium where the Maya would play the infamous ball game, Pok-A-Tok.

Most importantly, make a difference in children’s lives by creating and delivering unique health promotion lessons to kids ages 4-14; and work alongside health professionals to help provide health screenings and referrals to the local children.

All majors are encouraged to apply, no health care experience required.

4) Athens: Business and Social Responsibility in Greece
This study abroad program takes students to the birthplace of Western civilization and to the epicenter of socio-economic and several political developments in the Eurozone.

The course explores applied principles of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability from a Greek/European perspective, in Athens-Greece. Participate in experiential learning, comprised of visits to corporate, government, and NGO offices.

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