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WATER Scholars (Water Awareness through Environmental Research)

is a student exchange partnership between Pitt Community College (PCC), located in Winterville, NC, and Universidad Veracruzana (UV) located in Xalapa, Mexico. This project, funded by a grant from the 100K Strong in the Americas partnering with the U. S. Department of State, will provide opportunities for PCC and UV students to engage in bi-directional study focusing on water ecology and service learning. Students from both schools will take part in global learning experiences and guided water ecology research activities located in eastern North Carolina and in Xalapa, Mexico; led by PCC, East Carolina University (ECU), and UV faculty. Universidad Veracruzana (UV) is an internationally recognized leader in global education, and has hosted students and faculty from American and international colleges and universities for over fifty years.

The goal of WATER Scholars is to help PCC and UV students develop global competency regarding the impact that water conservation has on the environment in both the United States and Mexico. Ten students from PCC will be selected for a seven-day study abroad trip, accompanied by three PCC faculty--Donna Bivans, Samantha Chauncey, and Christy Weeks. The seven-day experience will take place in May 2017 (May 11-17, 2017) and will feature two days of travel to/from Mexico and a five-day program at UV which will include lectures, field and lab assignments focusing on water experiences, service learning, personal interactions with UV students and the community, and cultural enrichment experiences. Students will be provided with homestays, lodging with local families who have had several years of experience hosting American and international students in their homes. The homestay program will allow PCC students to engage with a host family near the UV campus by having a first-hand experience in learning the culture of their host country and practicing their Spanish language skills.

PCC considers international travel to be an essential aspect of being well- educated in the 21st century, and we seek participants who understand the importance of travel abroad.

 

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