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ACES in Costa Rica: VIDA Pre-Vet Study Tour, Winter Break

 

Faculty Contact

Laura Davis, lkdavis2@illinois.edu

Credit

ANSC 398 - 2 credits, Fall Semester

Program Summary

If you are a student seeking a hands-on, mind-enriching, service learning experience with animals, VIDA is the right program for you!

This is a high quality educational program for those who wish to gain clinical and practical experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine. The VIDA program focuses mainly on the sterilization of felines and canines in field clinics; however, participants will also gain experience in working with large animals. Volunteers who participate in our program will have an interactive and unique experience that can only be obtained with VIDA.

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ACES in Tanzania: Wildlife Management, Winter Break

 

Faculty Contact

Crystal Allen, callen@illinois.edu

Credit
  • ANSC 398 - 2 credits
Program Highlights

Wildtrax Explorations presents students with a hands-on experience in the conservation of natural and cultural resources across wilderness, rural, and urban regions of Tanzania. The diverse courses provide the foundation concerning the interface of ecology and wildlife management. Scientific principles and human dimensions are used to explain current strategies and techniques for managing natural and cultural resources. Our curriculum focuses on how changes in land use and resource availability in Tanzanian ecosystems can be managed to assist local communities while conserving biodiversity. Experiencing the socio-political and ecological variables in Tanzania will yield an understanding of culture and life that is vital to successful conservation efforts.

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ACES in Costa Rica: Soil Diversity and Land Use, Winter Break

 

Faculty Contact

Kevin McSweeney, mcsween@illinois.edu

Credit

NRES 285 - 2 credits, Fall Semester of every even year (Runs Next: Fall 2018)

Program Highlights

This course is designed to provide students with an intensive introduction to soil diversity and associated land use systems including their human dimensions across the humid, montane and drier regions of Costa Rica. You will be grouped in multicultural teams employing a peer-learning approach that combines local community knowledge and more formal professional expertise to better understand human dimensions of land management systems.

ACES in Botswana: Communities & Wildlife Conservation, Summer Break

 

Faculty Contact

Robert Schooley, mschooley@illinois.edu

Credit
  • NRES 285- 2 credits
  • Spring Semester
Program Highlights

This three-week course, gives students the opportunity to gain valuable field experience while meeting and learning from many different researchers, NGOs, and wildlife managers. Students will be equiped with the ability to apply appropriate research techniques to field studies. Overviews of wildlife ecology, behavior, conservation and research theory are included in the course to provide preparation for interactions with wildlife, communities, and different cultures.

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ACES/SAO: GLBL 298: Sustainability in the Bahamas

 

Credit

ACES 298 - 1 credit & GLBL 298 - 3 credits, Fall Semester

Program Highlights

This special James Scholar Program, introduces you to the concept of sustainability in biological, historical and cultural contexts, and examines the factors that could imperil society as the human population grows. The island of Eleuthera will provide you with a window into the sustainability challenges to human development and quality of life faced throughout the developing world.

James Scholar applicants only

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ACES in Sierra Leone

Faculty Contact

Paul McNamara

Credit

ACE 499 - 3 credits

Program Highlights

Broaden your understanding of the roles of governance, management, and policy through participation in a  two week day study abroad course in Sierra Leone. We will observe agricultural and forestry businesses and projects, speak with policy makers and development leaders, and learn from our local colleagues.  Prior to the short-course at Njala University, students will spend approximately one week traveling by bus in Sierra Leone to gain a first-hand experience in the challenges of policy and management at the agriculture and environment interface. We will conduct a service project in conjunction with a local development project and we will work with our colleagues from Njala University (several students and one professor) on this project.

International Business Immersion Program

 

Faculty Contact

Jessa Barnard, jbecker2@illinois.edu

Credit

ACE 436 - 4 credits, Spring Semester & ACE 199 - 1 credit, Fall Semester

Program Highlights

The primary goal of IBIP is to prepare the next generation of globally literate entrepreneurial leaders to identify and respond to challenges associated with business operations in the global marketplace. The program destination alternates every year between China, Europe, and South America. Prepare yourself for a career in the global marketplace!

The program destination changes every year.

This year's location is still to be determined.

ACES in South Africa: Children and Families Service Learning

Summer and Winter

Faculty Contact

Jan Brooks

Credit

HDFS 379 - 3 credits

Program Highlights

• Introduction to South African history, politics, and legacy of apartheid.
• Role of youth in liberation struggle.
• Post-apartheid society.
• Families and Children; educational policy, family dynamics
• Post-apartheid challenges: HIV/AIDS, poverty, crime

The trip to Cape Town will feature cultural/historical tours and 2 weeks of volunteer work. Volunteer work will focus on HIV/AIDS education, childcare, health care, and community projects in Cape Town and surrounding townships.

ACES in Puerto Rico: Sustainable Biosystems

Faculty Contact

Luis F. Rodriguez

Credit

ABE 199 - 3 credits

Program Highlights

 This course provides an introduction to strategies for improving sustainability of future biosystems, while emphasizing global influences on the viability of solutions. Students will work in small faculty led teams, with peers from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez on engineering-based projects with quantifiable impacts on sustainability.