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Volunteer and Learning Travel Opportunities to Uganda - 2012

Skip Cancun for a Summer Volunteer Trip to Uganda

As the college semester comes to an end, some students begin the search for something meaningful to do during their break, without spending a fortune. Luckily for them, affordable volunteer travel opportunities are International Volunteer HQ's specialty.

Among the locations International Volunteer HQ serves is Uganda, where volunteers teach, work with orphans, renovate homes, and provide medical support.

New volunteer programs start on the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month. And, like all of IVHQ's trips, volunteers can choose how long they want to stay and how much they want to spend. Program fees range from $250 for one week to $2220 for six weeks.

Between 20 and 40 volunteers over 18 participate in IVHQ's Uganda program each month. If you want to take part, or learn more about their other destinations, visit

Pair in Uganda training initiative

A CORNWALL doctor and teacher are giving medical students and trainee teachers the opportunity to help African students.

John Davies, from Point near Truro, has set up a scheme which allows people studying medicine and practising doctors to gain experience helping treat illnesses they will not come across in the UK.

Former Redruth GP Dr Davies is working with the charity Project Le Monde to set up in Uganda. He said students will get useful experience in managing diseases not commonly encountered in the developed world. They will also see how primary care works in a developing country. Dr Davies is qualified in travel and tropical medicine and medical anthropology, the study of cultural differences in illness.

He said: "Doctors, nurses, medical anthropologists and students of global health could experience medicine in an African setting, where malaria, HIV, TB and other tropical diseases, constitute much of the workload.

"They will also spend time with traditional healers, the first place that many sick people visit."

Opportunities for trainee and qualified teachers to get experience in Ugandan schools are being organised by teacher Blue Philpott, from Devoran.

The pair have travelled to Uganda with Project Le Monde and helped build new school classrooms as part of one of the charity's schemes at the Joy Nursery and Primary School in Kyengera near Kampala.

The charity said Dr Davies and Ms Philpott's work was an extension of its projects to provide under-privileged communities with good school buildings.

Dr Davies and Ms Philpott said medical students, doctors and trainee teachers will share professional knowledge with the teachers and doctors in Uganda to their mutual benefit and it will be an experience they will never forget.

A number of fundraising events for Project Le Monde and the African work experience scheme are being organised in Cornwall.

On Saturday there will be a charity auction at the Old Quay Inn, Devoran.

Ohio Wesleyan Announces 16 Travel-Learning Courses For 2012-2013 Academic Year

Ohio Wesleyan students seeking a unique travel-learning experience to enhance their educations will get to choose from a “suite 16” course list during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Chuck Stinemetz, Ph.D., OWU’s Dean of Academic Affairs, says this group of courses are some of the best to date and will provide significant experiences for all students who enroll in them.

“These courses exemplify Ohio Wesleyan’s commitment to providing a liberal arts experience that is second to none,” Stinemetz says. “They link academic theory with hands-on learning in meaningful ways that will change students’ lives. We are very excited to be able to provide 16 travel-learning courses next year – more than ever before.”

Scheduled 2012-2013 travel-learning courses include:
Botany-Microbiology – Global Change Biology
Education and Sociology/Anthropology – Teaching for Equity and Social Justice
English – Native American Literature
English – Shakespeare at the Globe
Fine Arts – Contemporary Art
Fine Arts – Landscape Painting in Italy
Health and Human Kinetics – Food Philosophies and Traditions
Humanities-Classics – Chasing the Dream: Alexander the Great

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