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Hawaiian Field School 2012 Purpose The purpose of this field school is to provide hospitality and tourism students with an opportunity for experiential learning focused on anexamination the interaction between a destination’s culture, resort industry & its tourism industry.Given the resort focus of the Bachelor of Hospitality Management, with its exploration of related destination issues, and the social-cultural focus of the resort activity found in the Bachelor of Tourism Management, this field school allows for a deep exploration of these and related issues.
Hawaiian Field School 2012 Themes There are three broad themes that provide the foundation to this field school: the history and cultural heritage of the islands; the tourism industry infrastructure in terms of a tourist destination; and some of the workings of the resort industry.
Hawaiian Field School 2012 • Frequently asked Questions: • Where will the field school take place? • Island of Oahu • University of Hawaii, Manoa • Honolulu • Waikiki Beach • Pali Lookout • Pearl Harbour • Polynesian Cultural Center • Various Beaches and Tourist attractions
Polynesian Cultural Center • Founded in 1963, the Polynesian Cultural Center or PCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of Polynesia and sharing the culture, arts, and crafts of the major island groups to the rest of the world. The Center has been Hawaii's top paid visitor attraction since 1977, according to annual state government surveys.
Polynesian Cultural Center • The Polynesian Cultural Center features six Polynesian "islands" in a beautifully landscaped, 42-acre setting representing Fiji, Hawaii, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga. Additional island exhibits include the great mo'ai statues and huts of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) and the islands of Marquesas. A beautiful manmade freshwater lagoon winds throughout the Center.
Courses of Study • How many academic credits will I earn? • 6 credits: three for each of two completed courses • How can I earn 6 credits in 18 days? • The short answer is you can’t. The course of study is dependent on substantial study from January to April 2012. • I’m in 4th year. Will I be able to graduate this June if I go on this field school? • Yes, but graduation is dependent on you and your academic standing. Which, of course is dependent on your academic performance during Jan-April 2012.
Courses of Study • What courses will I take? • TRMT 391, which is the field school course, and HOSP 482, which is managing cultural diversity. • What if I want to go early or stay later in Hawaii? • The field school is being held between 1 May and 19 May (tentative dates); how you use the time preceding or following is your decision. Our accommodation may allow for time outside the field school.
Courses of Study • HOSP482:Hospitality and service industry leaders are challenged by the diversity of their guests and employees. Multicultural management issues will be explored through the examination of global case studies. The course is seminar based. It includes a substantial book of readings, descriptive research papers OR a research proposal. Subjects of study will reflect individual students’ interests, and may include: destination development, marketing, cultural influences, transportation, security, trends and lifecycles, HR, systems, F&B and Rooms management.
Courses of Study • TRMT 391: this course is the actual field school in Hawaii. Students engaging with the destination’s environments will produce a series of evaluative submissions; these include reflective writing papers founded on the student’s earlier preparatory work and their on-site collection of primary data, journaling, and reporting. This course is designed to bring together many of the students’ skill and knowledge.
When is this Happening? • This presentation is for information purposes only. Details of the Hawaiian Field School 2012 are being finalized. • Details should be finalized in December 2011; this is based on applicants. • The tentative dates of the field school are 1 May 2012 to 19 May 2012 inclusive. • Course of Study: January 2012 to April 2012 inclusive. • Application DEADLINE: Friday 9 December 2011 non-refundable deposit$500.00 must accompany application.
Selection Criteria • All students in Hospitality Management or Tourism Management and Recreation are invited to apply to the field school. Some School of Business students may be considered. • Overall, selection to the field school team will be based on a combination of the following: • Grade Point Average (GPA); 2.33 or better is preferred with GPAs of less than 2.33 considered based on exceptional references; • Two (2) faculty references (supply faculty’s name and email); • Completion of application. • Students in years 4, 3, 2 will be given priority in a descending order. • In the event that there are more qualified students than spaces available, preference will be given to those who have paid the $500.00 deposit on a first-come, first-served basis.
Selection Criteria • Students application must include: • $500.00 deposit; • Complete application; • Copy of passport • Passport must be valid until October 2012 • IF your passport is in process, please indicate that with your application.
During the Field School • What will happen during the field school? Will we just wander around? Go surfing? • The field school will be a combination of planned activities and tours, scheduled ‘free’ time, and student directed activities. • In broad terms, the work days will be 6-7 hours in duration, beginning at 9am; with the exception of some planned activities, the evenings will be unstructured. It is also planned that 20st and 21st will be available to individual students to pursue areas that are of interest to them.
During the Field School • Will we always be travelling as a group? • For the most part for all the structured tours and activities, yes. The unstructured and ‘free’ time will allow students independent study. • What restriction might I face when in Hawaii? • English is the language of the island; many of you are familiar with the cultural morays of the USA. • The legal drinking age is 21 years of age.
During the Field School • Warning! • Once accepted to attend the Field School, students must abide by all laws governing the USA while in Hawaii. They must also abide to a code of behaviour for the Field School. Failure to respect the law or code of behaviour, or any behaviour that is deemed unacceptable, will result in the student being removed from the field school, forfeiting all fees, and any fees payable to VIU as a result of their actions. It is also noted that given that successful completion of the field school is needed for the assignment of academic credits.
Dollars and Cents • ESTIMATED COSTS: • These are estimated costs based on the best available information at present and capacity attendance; • Payable to VIU for Hawaiian Field School $2,450 (this amount includes tuition which is paid separately) • Estimated Return Air Flight $ 600 • One time Only International stipend <$ 350> • Estimated total cost less incidentals $2,700 Details are estimated to be confirmed by late November 2010