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Destinations! Namibia, Africa

A Journey in Special Education
SUMMER 2012: July 5-26, 2012

Imagine making a difference in the life of a student experiencing disabilities living in southern Africa? Do you want to work directly with students having different disabilities alongside a professor and your peers? This experience will result in a rich, highly diverse teaching experience during which you will work in classrooms at a residential special education school (National Institute for Special Education [NISE]) in Windhoek, Namibia. Students at NISE come from across Namibia and they experience vision, hearing, or intellectual difficulties. You will learn techniques to address the needs of these diverse learners from Dr. Caro and Namibian teachers. These strategies will greatly expand your repertoire of teaching techniques and practices.


Although the official application deadline is February 15, 2012, students enrolling by December 1, 2011 will have priority. In addition, a decision on whether or not to offer the program in 2012 will be made in December and is determinant on participant numbers. PLEASE apply early.

Request an application form from UWSP International Programs or visit the Applications page on the Study Abroad website for application procedures. Return the form to UWSP International Programs with a $250 (non-refundable) deposit. Enrollment is limited: late applications can be considered only if there is room. The group is limited to 21 total participants, 20 students and one leader. Applications are processed immediately in the order they are received.


$5200-5700 (tentative)

The price is based on 10 fully-paying participants.

This includes airfare (Chicago-Windhoek, Namibia-Chicago, about $2500), group transfers within Namibia, lodgings in Namibia, meal supplement, seminars, 3 credits of Wisconsin undergraduate tuition for Education 378: Parent, Home, and Agency Involvement in Educating Children and Youth with Disabilities. Your financial aid applies.


Participants enroll for three credits of Education 378, Parent, Home, and Agency Involvement in Educating Children and Youth with Disabilities. Prerequisite: Students are required to take Education 351 or with faculty approval from Dr. Caro. The program begins with two pre-trip meetings before May 15, 2012. Students will meet during the scheduled class sessions at the National Institute for Special Education.  International Programs will register you separately for the 3 credit EDUC 378 course. Class grades will appear on your Summer 2012 transcript.


Dr. Patty Caro (professor of special education) will lead the group. She has been a professor at UWSP for 21 years and in the special education field for 38 years.

Leader Contact Information:
Professor Patricia Caro, Ph.D.
Director of Graduate Studies of School of Education
School of Education
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
1901 Fourth Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481
715-346-3248, FAX: 715-346-4846


Up to ten weeks before the start of the program, all fees except the initial deposit of $250 may be refunded for withdrawal. After that time, airline and housing cancellation charges may be assessed. If the program must be canceled, all fees will be refunded. Because exchange rates and airline prices fluctuate, UWSP International Programs reserves the right to cancel, surcharge, or alter the program.

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