SCHL 280V: "Greece Service Learning: "The Refugee Crisis in the Middle East"
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 21-June 11, 2018. The course has fulfilled general education requirements J, N, and G. Nevertheless, students should confirm any desired requirements with their academic advisor.
Spend three 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).
Click "Apply now" at the top right of this page and complete the Office of International Education and Global Initiatives education abroad application requirements. The deadline to complete initial requirements is October 1, 2017. After being accepted into the course/program, students will receive additional instructions in their online application accounts and from the education abroad adviser.
Students will reside in double rooms in both a hotel near the city center in Athens and a hotel in Leros arranged by the program.
On Monday, May 21st, 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 24th. 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 10th, 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 should 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.
The full balance of the program costs payable to Binghamton University will be billed to your student account in January.
Students will travel to Greece with Professor Schull, Associate Professor in the department of history. Opportunities for sightseeing in Athens and a tour in Leros will also be available.