UTM Abroad Co-Curricular Experiences

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Learn , Discover, Engage

UTM Abroad Co-Curricular Experiences are short term global experiences that promote socially conscious travel and broaden your perspective to better prepare you to solve local and global challenges. While traveling through an amazing new landscape you will learn how global issues connect back to issues within our city and region.

Take advantage of the opportunity to travel with a faculty member, learn about a topic of interest in a unique location, participate in unparalleled community engagement initiatives that will expand your global mindset and develop and understanding of community development and social change. 

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2017-18 CO-CURRICULAR EXPERIENCES WILL OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2017. CONTACT US AT UTMABROAD@UTORONTO.CA IF YOU WANT MORE INFORMATION.

The Experiences

Currently the following UTM Abroad Co-Curricular Experiences are being offered:

  • Peru: Health Care and Traditional Medicine, February 18th to February 26th
  • Ghana: Women Leadership and Gender Rights, February 18th to February 26th
  • Guatemala: Coffee Trade and Indigenous Rights, April 23rd to April 30th
  • Thailand: Alternative Tourism, April 23rd to May 7th
  • India: Education, April 23rd to May 7th

Peru: Traditional vs Modern Trends in Health Care

View of a neighborhood in Peru

  • Explore Peru's history of transitional medicine and its transition to modern healthcare;
  • Get an inside view into how the various layers of health care work;
  • Engage with health providers in unique discussions around the services they provide and some of the challenges they face;
  • Learn more about the traditional Andean way of life; learn about sustainable agricultural methods, cuisine, traditional medicine;
  • Work alongside community members to understand the impact of traditional medicine on their lives. 

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Ghana: Women and Gender Rights

Three women sitting around a table in Ghana

  • Unpack Ghanaian gender-roles within the framework of their cultural context using a holistic perspective;
  • Learn how organizations are taking on gender inequality through sustainable community based initiatives; such as, skills training and sports programs for young girls;
  • Adventure to the southernmost tip of Ghana, Cape Three Points, and explore the beach and forest reserve there;
  • Explore Ghanaian cuisine and learn how to cook from the local community.

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Guatemala: Coffee Trade and Indigenous Rights

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  • Deconstruct the myths surrounding fair trade and ethical consumerism while cultivating coffee alongside local farmers in Guatemala;
  • Collaborate on a community based development program with former guerrilleros;
  • Hike one of Central America's highest volcanic peaks;
  • Immerse yourself in the Mayan culture and experience the sights, smells and smiles of communities few travelers will ever see.

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Thailand: Alternative Tourism

View of Bankgkok

  • Embrace the chaos and complexity of modern Bangkok—from the delights of Thai cuisine to the beautiful temples and pagodas, from the spirituality of Buddhism to the harsh realities in the urban slum of Khlong Toey.
  • Get up close and personal to the endangered Asian elephant as we talk eco-tourism with the volunteers and staff at Elephant Nature Park.
  • Live with home stays in a hill tribe village and learn about one of Thailand's most successful community-based tourism initiatives.

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India: Education

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  • Decipher the challenges facing education in rural India by looking at how gender, socioeconomic status, ability, and caste impact access to education;
  • Explore the ways non-for-profit organizations fight poverty through providing girls’ education;
  • Work with the members of Dehradun Disability Forum to explore their work with vocational training in the local context, accessing educational facilities, early interventions initiatives, and livelihood development;
  • Trek into the Himalayas and appreciate both their beauty and the barrier they create to making education accessible in rural communities along the way.

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