‘Multiple and varied’ experiences are central for students in new plan
Dec. 15, 2012
A five-year plan called “Global Learning: A World of Opportunities for Appalachian Students,” to be implemented beginning in the 2013-14 academic year, emphasizes strengthened activities which are offered both at home and abroad and earlier in a student’s college career.
People might assume that water in the mountains is pristine, but the local headwaters are increasingly at risk from urbanization, according to Appalachian State University’s Dr. Chuanhui Gu. He is determining to what extent local streams are harmed by pollutants and other change.
Make your own chocolate at a cocoa farm in Belize, live in the rain forests of Costa Rica, hike the countryside of Ecuador, visit ancient Inca ruins in Peru, or explore indigenous cultures in Guatemala - do the "alternative" over spring break.
Every morning, 13-year old Nelson Crispin takes a short walk from his home at 13,800 feet through frosty fields to record climate data collected by instruments installed in the Cordillera Vilcanota mountain range in Peru.
In 2012, Appalachian’s Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program engaged 322 faculty, staff and students in service opportunities in 18 U.S. locations, as well as in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru and Jamaica.
Appalachian's Office of International Education and Development (OIED) works with students to help them understand the many opportunities available and to help them make a plan that incorporates an international experience into their individual programs of study.
In their commitments to sustainability, Appalachian State University students are focused on environmental service during Alternative Fall Break trips this month, while also striving to keep carbon emissions low.