Cameroon Cross-Cultural Summer Immersion
About the Program
Cross-cultural Summer Immersions through Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern are a great way to learn about a new culture, meet new people, and grow in cultural understanding, while helping others. Rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, participants in our program should grow in an understanding of global solidarity, the dignity of the human person, a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable, as well as growing in their own faith and role as a global citizen.
Each immersion has reflection leaders to help facilitate the orientation process as well as the reflection along the way while traveling.
Students traveling on immersion are encouraged to connect their learnings to their course of study at UD. There are opportunities for independent study through these experiences. Students and trip leaders travel to Cameroon to be fully immersed in this unique culture. Students stay with host families, which alone is a great way to see everyday life within the Cameroonian culture. Participants will also have first-hand experience with various industries in the country, meet with political leaders, and learn while traveling through the countryside. According to areas of studies and interests, students will be placed in work sites for two weeks of the trip in the town of Kumba, home for the students while in Cameroon. Travel will also include a trip to the capital city, Yaoundé, as well as a visit to the University of Buea, and cultural sites in Limbe and Bemenda.
UDI 361 (Cross-cultural Immersion Prep Course) which will be held on Wednesdays from 7-9, beginning February 2017. There is an optional 3 credit hour History course associated with this immersion as well- HST 337: History of Modern Africa.
Mary Niebler, Associate Director, Center for Social Concern
Participants must attend weekly preparation meetings with the group. This is a major commitment. You must be willing to commit your time and energy to this effort or you will lose your place on the trip.
A preliminary deposit of $100 will be due with your application. The remaining cost of the trip will be due in mid-April. Partial scholarships may be available for those who need them. Some grants are available on campus for such experiences. Groups are encouraged to work together to help raise funds. Additional costs include a valid passport (with at least 6 months validation remaining on it), supplies, vaccinations, and possible other preparatory items, if needed.
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