2008.11.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
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UNO’s OLLAS and Service Learning Academy Offer Study Abroad Course in Peru This Summer
Omaha - Students at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and community members can travel to Lima, Peru, this summer (May 15-31*) for an educational experience that goes well beyond the classroom.
Participants will learn about:
• How globalization is changing this historic city, the environment and international commerce;
• How urban universities are free to all students and how they engage with the community;
• How Peruvians are experimenting with new models of participatory democracy; and
• How rich indigenous cultures and languages co-exist with westernized Lima.
While in Peru, students and community participants will have the unique opportunity to participate in a service learning project that will allow them to meet with residents and elected officials of one of Lima’s “pueblos jóvenes” (poor neighborhoods) – San Juan de Miraflores – to learn about some of their challenges and organizational capacities.
Participants will also help build and furnish a much-needed nursery to complement the child care facility built last year by UNO students and residents of San Juan de Miraflores.
To be eligible for the trip to Peru, UNO students must enroll in LLS 4950/8656 for the spring 2009 semester, where they will earn three credit hours, prepare for the trip, and obtain a Certificate in Latin American Service Learning.
Community members wishing to participate in the trip can either sign up for the same three credit hour class (LLS4950/8656) or register directly with OLLAS for a Certificate in Latin American Service Learning.
*Community members must be on the same flight departing Omaha with the rest of the Peru group and stay for at least one week (until May 22), but are encouraged and welcome to participate in the study abroad experience through May 31.
All those interested should contact UNO’s Office of Latino/Latin American Studies (OLLAS) as soon as possible as seats are limited and may be gone before the Dec. 1 deadline. A $150 deposit is required.
For more information visit the OLLAS Web site at www.unomaha.edu/ollas or contact Lucy Garza Westbrook, OLLAS coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 554-3835. OLLAS is located in Arts and Sciences Hall, Room 106, on the UNO campus.
About OLLAS at UNO
OLLAS is a transnational center established in 2003 for the purpose of pursuing research, teaching and community engagement aimed at increasing our understanding about Latino and Latin American populations and societies.
UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.
UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.
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