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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Maymester||2018||12/01/2017 **||Rolling Admission||05/14/2018||05/30/2018|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Program Category:||UGA Faculty-Led||Type of Instruction:||Fieldwork/Research|
|Taught By:||UGA/U.S. Professor(s)||Scholarship Availability:||Yes|
|College/School:||CAES||Academic Area:||Agricultural Communication|
|Minimum number of credit hours:||3||Maximum number of credit hours:||3|
|Open to non-UGA students:||No|
Culture-Centered Communication and
Engagement Service Learning Program
Experience life in rural Romania while completing a digital storytelling project to benefit Heifer International. During this two-week course, offered in Maymester, you will travel to two Heifer project beneficiary communities in Romania, in Eastern Europe, where you will be embedded in the community, living with other students in the home of a host family.
Following coordination with the Heifer organization, you will experience and document the agriculture, community and daily life from the viewpoint of the host family through video, photography and written narrative. Compilation of this work will result in promotional and informational materials to be formally presented to Heifer International staff for their use.
Sightseeing at sites including Bran Castle—more commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”—and Sighisoara, a medieval city in the Transylvania region dating back to the 12th century, where you will stay at a bed-and-breakfast, will conclude the trip, as time permits.
For additional information, visit our website.
Program LocationThis program, offered in Maymester, allows students to travel to two Romanian communities in Eastern Europe, where they will complete their own digital storytelling projects and immerse themselves in the community. While on this trip, students will also get to sightsee and visit the Bran Castle (more commonly known as “Dracula’s Castle”), Sighisoara, a medieval city in the Transylvania region, and a local bed and breakfast, where students will conclude their trip.
Contact InformationProgram Director:
Dr. Abigail Borron
Dept. of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
CAES Study Abroad Coordinator:
*** Scholarships available to CAES students. Contact Amanda Stephens for information, or visit this website. ***
Two courses are associated with this study abroad. First, you'll enroll in a spring semester course - AGCM 4300S (3 credit hours). Then you will enroll in AGCM 4310S (3 credit hours) for the Maymester session. *Both courses are required.
During the spring semester course, you will be introduced to methods in cross-cultural communication, engagement, and program development. Through demonstrations of cross-cultural message development and working with local food pantries and food pantry clients, students will learn strategies related to the co-construction of participant narratives, as well as techniques of personal listening skills. Offered in the spring semester, this course is designed to prepare and equip students for what will be expected of them while working with a domestic or international organization, such as Heifer International, during the subsequent Maymester service-learning program abroad.
The Maymester course will consist of the digital storytelling service-learning project, a two-week service-learning program with Heifer Romania. Each offering of this course is unique in terms of the active community-based project(s) that Heifer Romania staff deem as most worthwhile to incorporate student engagement. This program will take students to select regions of the country to live and work with beneficiary families of Heifer projects. Students would be tasked with developing co-constructed messages and narratives of the beneficiary families through various forms of media. At the conclusion of the trip, students will formally present their developed materials (which can be a written story, a digital narrative, or a video—all of which could be implemented as promotional materials used throughout Heifer Romania’s various outreach efforts).
|16-May||Travel to Romania (from Atlanta, GA)||Departure from USA|
|17-May||Cluj-Napoca, Romania||Arrival in Cluj-Napoca, Romania|
|18-May||Cluj-Napoca||Project Overviews & Partnerships|
|20-May||Salaj County, Romania||Project implementation w/ host family|
|21-May||Salaj County||Project implementation w/ host family|
|22-May||Salaj County||Project implementation w/ host family|
|23-May||Sighisora, Romania||Sightseeing in Transylvania|
|24-May||Travel to Zimnicea, Romania||Project implementation w/ host family|
|25-May||Zimnicea||Project implementation w/ host family|
|26-May||Zimnicea||Project implementation w/ host family|
|27-May||Travel to Bucharest||Debriefing and work on projects|
|29-May||Bucharest||Final debriefing and project presentation|
|30-May||Travel to Atlanta (from Bucharest)||Departure from Romania|
$1145 + tuition/fees + airfare
The HOPE or Zell Miller scholarships will cover tuition fees just as they do for normal semester classes.
* Out-of-state students pay in-state tuition for study abroad programs.
* CAES Students may apply for the International Travel Scholarship, due February 15th.
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|Allison Ruth Fortner, Maymester 2016 Participant|
|What you learn will transform you and awake a desire to not only travel, but a desire to get to know people from around the world. Don't be nervous or think that you cannot afford it. Get on that plane and go because it will be worth every penny.|
|Maymester 2016 Participant|
|This is an amazing trip. You won't come back the same.|
|Allison Ruth Fortner, Maymester 2016 Participant|
|I was amazed by the quality of food we had!|
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|How did the experience impact you and your future educational/career/personal goals?|
|It definitely gave me a greater scope in terms of perspective and not just assuming what you are acclimated to is the "norm". Educationally, I would like to incorporating a more global focus. I am also much more encouraged to learn a second language after realizing how many people take it upon themselves to learn multiple languages. I am capable of so much more than I limit myself to only because it is what's comfortable.|
|— Abigail Pierce, Maymester 2016|