CPS promotes international service projects for Tulane students and faculty. Public service programs located outside of the United States provide a unique opportunity for students to explore different cultures and communities while doing public service. The incorporation of public service into study abroad programs creates a bridge to different cultures. This bridge facilitates the development of meaningful relationships and allows students to expand their skill sets while contributing to the communities that have welcomed them to their country.
The Tulane Himalayan Experience Program is an international intensive service-learning program and 3-credit class (Philosophies of Nonviolence and Ecology), offered in partnership with the Tulane Philosophy Department.
Students will spend five weeks in India involved in community service projects while engaging in a variety of learning opportunities to develop an understanding of North Indian and Tibetan culture and philosophy.
The Ecuador program is an intensive, immersive study abroad course that gives students the opportunity to increase their understanding and appreciation of tropical biology, and to apply theory and knowledge acquired in the classroom to the real world. The course will be primarily based in Ecuador, with expectations for additional work before and after the international experience.
Students will receive regular lectures on tropical biology and conservation and will implement, and write up, field-based research projects related to the lecture material. These activities will take place within a context of community engagement based on active collaboration and interaction with Ecuadorian residents in a variety of contexts.
The "Engage in St. Martin" program will develop students’ understanding of basic ethnographic methodology and anthropological theory through lectures, written assignments, and fieldwork exercises. It will introduce programs that promote cultural, food, and economic sustainability. Through these activities, students will develop close mentorships with Rastafari members of the 4 Real We Agree With Culture association and learn from local community leaders, officials, artists, activists, scholars, and writers.
Students will be exposed to the history and contemporary social issues of the Caribbean, grassroots and social movements, including the Rastafari movement; and gain a firsthand sense of the socio-political and economic canvas shaping the island's realities.
Merit and need based scholarships are available for students participating in CPS sponsored international programs (India, St. Martin, and Ecuador). Scholarship requests are incorporated into the program application.