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Barbados 2007. Dr. Norma Gaines-Hanks, IFST Dr. Nyasha Grayman, IFST Co-Faculty Directors. Basic Information . Travel Dates (tentative):January 3 – 31, 2007 University Partner: University of West Indies at Cave Hill University of the West Indies, Cave Hill: http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/

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Barbados 2007

Dr. Norma Gaines-Hanks, IFST

Dr. Nyasha Grayman, IFST

Co-Faculty Directors

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Basic Information

  • Travel Dates (tentative):January 3 – 31, 2007

  • University Partner: University of West Indies at Cave Hill

    • University of the West Indies, Cave Hill: http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/

  • Travel Coordinator: Joann Mirkarimi, FunBarbados, Inc.

    • FunBarbados: http://www.funbarbados.com/

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Barbados, West Indies:General Information

  • The eastern most island in the Caribbean

  • Geography: 430 square kilometres (166 square miles); approximately 25% is coastline

  • Population: approximately 260,000 “Bajans” including

    • African descendents

    • European (primarily British)

    • Small but vibrant Hindu (India), Arab (Lebanese and Syrian) and Jewish communities.

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Barbados, West Indies:General Information

  • Remained under British rule from its first settlement in 1627 to its Independence on November 30, 1966

  • More than 70 per cent of the island's 260,000 people are direct descendents from the forced mass Africa migration of the late 1600s and 1700s-the slave trade

  • The chattel house - a unique feature of Barbados

    • is one product of the cultural side of sugar.

    • plantation workers needed houses that were easily assembled and taken down so they could move from plantation to plantation.

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Program Summary

  • Required Service-learning placements with either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Health’s HIV/AIDS program

    • Total required hours varies by course enrollment

  • Six credits

    • Required: MUSC 367 – Music and Culture

    • Plus ONE of the following

      • IFST 334 – Experiential Education

      • UNIV 362 – Experiential Learning (limited to six)

      • IFST/BAMS 475 – Culture and Privilege

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Program Information: Course Options

  • Course #1: MUSC 367: Music and Culture – Stefan Walcott, local educator and musician

    • Required for all students

    • Course goals: To provide the student with

      • A basic knowledge of the social and historical factors/entities which impacted on and created Caribbean cultures.

      • An understanding of specific musical genres created within the Caribbean and how these genres relate to the social actors which created them.

      • The ability to aurally identify Caribbean musical genres.

      • An elementary understanding of how popular worldview and markets have impacted on Caribbean indigenous forms.

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Program Information: Course Options

  • Course #2 – Option 1

    • IFST 334/UNIV 362Experiential Education – Dr. Gaines-Hanks

      • IFST 334 for FCS/HS only; UNIV 362 limited to 6

      • Course requirements: Approximately 40 hours of placement; Placement journal; Reflections; Seminar-format

  • Course #2 – Option 2

    • IFST/BAMS 475: Culture and Privilege – Dr. Grayman

      • Examines the social structure of privilege and disadvantage within a Caribbean context

      • Explores the intergenerational transmission of privilege

      • Includes a series of lectures, readings, class discussion, and an experiential activity (approximately 20 hours)

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Program Information

  • Program base: St. Michael’s parish (within walking distance of the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill and easily accessible to Bridgetown)

  • Housing: Paradise Villas, Black Rock

    • http://www.barbadosapartments.net/index.php

    • only 220 yards from one of the island's finest beaches.

    • Apartments are tastefully decorated and have fully equipped kitchens, living/dining rooms and patios.

    • All the bedrooms are individually air conditioned.

    • Daily maid service is inclusive.

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Program Information

  • Meals

    • Included in program fee:

      • Breakfast: Catered Daily

      • Lunch included in all excursions

      • Group Dinner: Plantation Dinner Show

    • Other Eating Options

      • Self cooking in apartments (mini-mart within walking distance of hotel; grocery store accessible by bus or taxi)

      • Local restaurants within walking distance or via local transportation (e.g., public bus or taxi)

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Getting Around the Island

  • Public Transportation

    • Blue Bus: Government

    • Yellow Bus: Private

    • White Mini-bus: Who Knows!!!!!

  • Taxi stand outside of hotel

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Cultural Excursions and Activities

  • Island Safari Tour (5 hr. tour)

    • Stops may include: Edge Cliff, Bathsheba, St. John’s Church, Welchman’s Gully

    • Includes lunch, soft drinks and snacks served along the way

  • Island Extravaganza: Bajan Roots & Rhythms, The Plantation Theatre (Bajan Roots and Rhythms at the Plantation: (http://theplantation.bb/)

    • Includes dinner, stage show, and dancing with live music

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Cultural Excursions and Activities

  • Arts and Crafts Tour (5 hr. tour)

    • Stops may include: Pelican Craft Village; Medford Mahogany Works; Earth Works Pottery and Batik Gallery; The Shell Gallery

    • Includes lunch stop

  • Island Splendor (5 hr. tour)

    • Stops may include: Harrison’s Cave (Harrison’s Cave: http://harrisonscave.com/); Codrington College; Francia Plantation House; Gun Hill Lion Monument; St. John’s Parish Church

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Free Time Activities

  • Duty-free shopping

  • Beautiful Beaches

  • Cruises aboard the Jolly Roger or Tiami Catamaran

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Helpful “Bajan” Websites

  • Bajan Roots and Rhythms at the Plantation: http://theplantation.bb/

  • Barbados Tourism: http://barbados.org/

  • FunBarbados: http://www.funbarbados.com/

  • Ins and Outs of Barbados: http://www.insandoutsofbarbados.com/

  • Paradise Villas: http://www.barbadosapartments.net/index.php

  • University of the West Indies, Cave Hill: http://www.cavehill.uwi.edu/

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What You Need to do…

  • Now

    • Apply on-line

    • Pay $300 deposit within 48 hours of submitting your application or not later than September 25, 2006.

    • Confirm course appropriateness for your academic program with your advisor

  • Next

    • Pay $1200 non-refundable deposit by October 13th

    • Final balance: November 3rd

    • Tuition/fees due mid-December

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Other Information

  • Program Fee (to be announced) includes

    • Airfare: PHL - BGI

    • In-Country Ground Transportation

    • Housing

    • Daily breakfast and some excursion- or special events-related meals

    • Cultural Excursions

  • Active passport required

  • Exchange rate: $1 USD ~ $1.98 BDS

  • Suggested spending money: $700 - $1000 (minimum)

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