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Cultural Immersion Opportunities

What are some of the interesting ways our students have fulfilled the Environmental Studies & Sciences Department's Cultural Immersion Requirement? Check out this list of unique international and domestic student experiences!

International Experiences:

  • Care Net Ghana in Hohoe, Ghana: This student spent seven weeks in a cultural exchange among Ghanian people, learning both about their day-to-day cultural experiences in environmental conservation and maternal healthcare, as well as sharing aspects of American culture and environmentalism.
  • The Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL) Central America Program
  • Metropolitan Studies and Architecture in Berlin, Germany
  • Study Abroad with Living Routes in Costa Rica
  • World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) in Waikato, New Zealand: Many of our ENVS students are vegan or vegetarian. This particular student immersed himself completely, for three weeks, into his host family's environment on their organic dairy farm including learning the hunting skills of this rural community as well as preparing and consuming the game meat they prepared.
  • Sadhana Forest in Tamil Nadu, India: To aid in the regeneration of the native dry tropical evergreen forest, this student volunteered, for three weeks, with a variety of people from a wide range of cultural backgrounds in the nearby villages and communities of the Sadhana Forest.
  • Presenting at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico.
  • Cape Town, South Africa: Five months and direct enrollment in the University of Cape Town, allowed one student to fully immerse into a brand new culture. Courses in abroad field experience allowed for further examination of the ecological, cultural, and social differences in South Africa as compared to the United States.
  • Arusha, Tanzania: During this student's four month stay with a Tanzanian host family, she helped teach HIV prevention and sustainable agriculture to the locals through community educational workshops.
  • The Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts & Sciences (GAIAS) in San Cristobal.
  • Bundjalung National Park in Byron Bay, Australia: A four day camping trip in Bundjalung National Park with the indigenous Aboriginal people of Minyami gave this student the opportunity to learn how to make traditional Aboriginal artifacts, and learn about the history and purpose of traditional hunting and gathering methods in this Australian National Park.
  • Habitat for Humanity in Krabi, Thailand: Living and working in the environment of Southern Thailand for 40+ hours on a build site really allowed this student to fully immerse himself into Krabi's community setting, and get a feel for what the native men and women experience on a daily basis working there.
  • Training Outdoor Leaders: Internationally and Domestically!
  • Short-Term Study Abroad in South Caicos, Turks and Caicos.
  • Life in an Eco Village in Southeast, India.

Domestic Experiences:

  • Padmasambhava Buddhist in Center, Sidney NY: An opportunity for full immersion within just three days at the Buddhist center allowed this student to gain perspectives on Buddhist: environmental philosophy, progressive self-cultivation, and eastern versus western ideas of preservationism.
  • The Mountain Justice Spring Break in West Virgina was an opportunity for one of our students to learn more about the communities outside of Central New York and how they are affected by Mountaintop Removal.
  • Finger Lakes Land Trust in Ithaca, NY
  • Dairy Farming in Rural Wisconsin!
  • Baltimore Station in Baltimore, MA: One of our graduates studied toxic substances and their impact on social institutions at Baltimore Station, a gathering place in the city of Baltimore for those affected by substance abuse issues.
  • The Green Burial Council at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY
  • The Morgan Brake Wildlife Refuge in Cruger, Mississippi: Serving as their Habitat Management Intern, this student spent her time monitoring waterfowl and learning about their habits and life cycles while also eradicating the invasive species: kudzu and water hyacinth from the area.
  • Marble Canyon, Arizona: Working closely with the Navajo Nation and its people regarding the re-introduction of the California Condor into the wilds of their land, one of our Environmental Sciences students gave presentations to the people of the reservation about the natural history and current story of the bird.
  • Greater Ithaca Activities Center and Southside Community Center in Ithaca, NY: This study in differentiating cultural experiences involved designing and carrying out projects that would help improve the quality of life for low-income communities living in Ithaca by performing key services and creating partnerships with those of varying race and economic backgrounds in the area.
  • The Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY
  • Be an Environmental Educator with Primitive Pursuits at Enfield Elementary School in Enfield, NY
  • Bristol Bay, Alaska:This ENVS student created a photojournalism expo of the Pebble Mine Controversy at Bristol Bay during her stay in Alaska. The expo was intended to bring awareness to how this planned development would affect the wild sockeye salmon population in Bristol Bay, a paramount to the livelihood of Alaskan fisheries.
  • Summer Internship at Biosphere 2 in Arizona
  • Energy Corps at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Ithaca, NY.
  • The Clean Water Action in Philadelphia, PA.
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