SCHL 280V: "Greece Service Learning: "The Refugee Crisis in the Middle East"
**The application for this program will open in the first week of January 2017. If you have any questions about the program before the application opens, please feel free to contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org.**
Currently there are over 10 million refugees and displaced persons from Syria, Iraq, and Libya in surrounding countries. This is just a part of over 65 million refugees and displaced persons worldwide representing the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. This course investigates the current refugee crisis in the Middle East including its origins, development, implications for, and effects on those involved and the world around it. Not only does this course look at the historical background of the crisis, but also the efforts and challenges associated with dealing with so many people displaced by war, civil unrest, persecution, and economic ruin. This crisis not only severely affects the Middle East, but also Europe, North America, and the entire world as state, international, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) cooperate, compete, and fight over what ought to be done. This course also investigates issues of human rights, international law, humanitarian aid, immigration, what it means to be a refugee, public health and security concerns, and efforts facilitating and hindering aid. Not only will students learn about these various issues in depth, but they will also experience first-hand the challenges and issues related to this refugee crisis through a two week excursion to Greece where they will work with NGOs, the local Greek Community and state by volunteering in a refugee shelter on the Greek Island of Leros in the Aegean Sea from May 22-June 5, 2017. Course fulfills general education requirements J, N, and G.
Spend two weeks at the conclusion of the spring semester on this faculty-led service learning experience as part of the course, Scholars 280V: The Refugee Crisis in the Middle East. The service learning trip is a MANDATORY component of the course. The course is open to all Binghamton University students by permission of instructor. Students must be enrolled in the course to participate. Preference will be given to Binghamton University Scholars; non-Scholars may enroll (pending space available). To request permission to register for the course from professor and faculty director, Kent Schull, please email email@example.com.
After consulting with Professor Schull, click "Apply now" at the top right of this page and complete the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives study abroad application requirements. The deadline to complete initial requirements is November 1, 2016. After being accepted into the course/program, students will receive additional instructions in their online application accounts and from the study abroad adviser with next requirements to complete (e.g. health forms.)
Students will reside in nearby apartments arranged by the program.
On Monday, May 22nd, students will depart New York City for Athens, Greece. With an opportunity for sight seeing in Athens, students will depart for Leros Village on Thursday, May 25th. On this day, students will receive an introduction to the refugee shelter.
At the shelter, students will immerse themselves in service opportunities such as food preparation, teaching English or cultural adaptation courses, leading recreational activities, and/or maintenance projects. On June 4th, students will return to Athens for a free day of exploration before departing for the United States the next day.
Students who are participating in this course/program should make sure that they understand the Estimate of Costs sheet: Greece Estimate of Costs 2017.pdf.
Students must take the program Estimate of Costs sheet to the Financial Aid office on campus to speak with a financial aid counselor about financing this study abroad program. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
After committing to participate in the program, a non-refundable $200.00 deposit will be billed to your student account. The deposit will count toward the cost of the program. The full balance of the program fee payable to Binghamton University will be billed to your student account in January.
Students will travel to Greece with Professor Schull, Associate Professor. Opportunities for sightseeing in Athens and a tour in Leros will also be available.