Summer Immersion: Zambia
About the Program
Participating in a Cross-Cultural Summer Immersion through the Center for Social Concern is a unique way to expand your education beyond the classroom, into a new culture, a new lifestyle, and a new way of thinking. Each trip offers a distinctive experience for students, involving elements of cultural immersion, study of government, social services, religion, family life, economics and everyday life in the host country. Participants travel in a group with a reflection leader to help guide the group through the joys and struggles of encountering life outside your normal experience and to come to a better understanding of Global Solidarity as God’s children.
This group will begin their Zambian experience with the Marianists capital city of Lusaka. There, students will learn about the country, city life, visits to local attractions and will see the Matero Boys School, run by the Marianists. Participants will then travel to Lubwe, Zambia, a rural village in the Northern Province of the country. Students will engage with the local community in a variety of ways, through the schools, the local hospital, and other organizations. Cross-cultural exchange and learning from one another is the primary purpose of this immersion. Tourist excursions include trips to Victoria Falls and surrounding areas of Livingstone.
As a part of your BreakOut or Immersion experience, you will be registered in an Experiential Learning Course (EXP). This is a non-credit bearing course which is the BreakOut/Immersion experience itself. It will show up on your official UD transcript that you participated in this service-learning experience as a measure of your further involvement and learning here at UD.
Mary Niebler, Associate Director, Center for Social Concern
Participants must attend weekly preparation meetings with the group. UDI 361 (Cross-cultural Immersion Prep Course) is held on Wednesdays from 7-9, beginning February 2020. 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.
Program Costs are available on the Budget Sheet here. Estimated cost is $2100 for program (including room, board and some other expenses) and about $2500 for flights.
A $500 Deposit will be due after acceptance to the program. The remaining cost of the trip will be billed through your student account and is due in late May. 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.