NWC: Romania Semester: Service Learning, Development & Culture
Lupeni, Romania (Outgoing Program)
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Read letter of endorsement by Roland Hoksbergen, Director of International Development Studies, Calvin CollegeDescription: Northwestern College, in conjunction with the New Horizons Foundation of Romania, is pleased to offer a unique semester experience engaging the culture of post-communist Romania. Fallout from communism, in the form of high unemployment, low morale and deep despair, has contributed to corruption and moral apathy throughout Romania, which has affected its people dramatically. Through this program, students explore this magical and deeply moving place and are directly involved with New Horizons pioneering of experiential education (adventure education and service learning) to rebuild the moral and social fabric of Romanian youth. Participants study Romanian culture, history, and language, Eastern Orthodoxy, and sustainable development theory, combining these subjects with experiential and service-learning pedagogy among Romanian young people. The program is group oriented, and includes excursions, a mountain backpacking trip, and homestays with Romanian families. Dana Bates of New Horizons leads this program along with faculty and staff from New Horizons and Northwestern College.
Location:Romania is a country of great contrasts and paradoxes--full of great beauty, rich mythology and hard truths. It is a land of majestic mountains, medieval castles and the legend of Dracula. And yet, in the Jiu Valley, the depressed coal-mining region which serves as the base for this program, one sees first-hand the devastating effects of communism. Participants spend much of their time in this area, in the city of Lupeni, where they have the opportunity to live with a Romanian host family and engage Romanian youth through various service-learning projects. Lupeni is located in the southeastern area of Romania, approximately 200 miles from Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
Faculty and Staff:Dana Bates serves as the primary faculty member for this program. He is the founder and executive director of New Horizons Foundation based in Lupeni, Romania, and he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. from Oxford Centre for Missions Studies and University of Wales. Other faculty and staff members include Brandi Bates who heads up the student life area; numerous Romanian scholars and NHF personnel, as well as Dave Nonnemacher, NWC Director of Lilly Grant/Experiential Learning, who co-leads a back-packing trip in the Retezat National Park.
Course and Credit:All participants will take four courses and receive 16 credits upon completion of the program, which includes meeting the general education cross-cultural requirement, as well as elective course equivalents in several majors. (See Doug Carlson for more information). The courses are:
- Romanian Culture and History
- Eastern Orthodoxy
- Sustainable Development
- Experiential Education
Eligibility & Application:NWC sophomores, juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible to apply. This program is also available to non-NWC students (See your study abroad advisor). Early application is encouraged as there is limited space on this program. After the deadline, call for space availability information.
Program Fee: The program fee is the same as NWC on-campus semester costs. It includes tuition for 16 credits, in-country transportation, housing/home stay, most meals or meal per diem, orientation, and all program excursions and retreats, and a stipend for airfare. All participants will need to cover books (est. $100-$150), passport and pictures, required wilderness excursion gear, immunizations/vaccines, international insurance and individual travel and spending money, among other items.
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