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St. Mary’s College spent six weeks in Kyarusozi, a tiny Ugandan village not even recorded on most maps. The young women slept in bunks set on concrete floors. Their duties ranged from educating villagers about AIDS to resuscitating newborns. Most came home with new clarity on how they could make a difference in nations with so much less than what they were accustomed to at home.
“It is so hard to paint a picture of what it is like at the clinic,” three of the students wrote in their daily blog to those back at St. Mary’s. “It just breaks our heart to see how much they are lacking in supplies that are so common to us. Blankets and towels are in abundance at the hospitals at home, but here there is not a single one. Because of the lack of basic supplies, a mother was forced to take off her child’s clothes to clean up the mess after the child got sick.” These students probably would never have experienced Kyarusozi were it not for an order of nuns in Uganda—the Sisters of the Holy Cross—who invite U.S. students to live with them a few weeks each year so the experience might bring texture and depth to the “peace studies” they are pursuing back home. “Peace studies”—whether that means conflict resolution or pairing students with Rwandan war survivors whom they can help with money and letter-writing—is a growing discipline at colleges and universities. Increasingly, administrators are teaming with nonprofit organizations that work abroad to give students richer experiences—perhaps by designing a tourist business plan for a small Guatemalan village or reconciling the conflicting goals of Costa Rican farmers and those who would save endangered sea turtles. “Part of the growth of study abroad was this hope that intercultural understanding would prevent some of the horrors we saw in WWII,” said Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership at St. Mary’s. “As the world shrinks and the issues of the globe become so prominent, we as educators have to prepare our students to be more responsible global citizens. It’s our responsibility to focus on peace, conflict resolution, and socially responsible travel.” At St. Mary’s, 53 percent of students study abroad. Four years ago, the center teamed with the Sisters of the Holy Cross—an order whose nuns have worked in Uganda almost half a century—to send nursing and education students each summer to Kyarusozi, a small trading center in the western part of the nation. Students pay $2,310, buy their own plane tickets, and earn one semester credit on east African culture and history and five credits of field practicum. During this summer’s six-week program, students Kelley Murphy, Meghann Rose, and Remi White wrote a blog about living at the nuns’ convent among the villagers, learning the Rutooro language, washing clothes by hand, fetching water from a well a half-mile walk away, and working

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International Educator - January/February 2012
Contents
From the Editors
Front Lines
In Brief
Voices: Rollins College President Lewis Duncan
Finding a Home in Higher Education
Promoting Peace Th Rough Partnerships
New York University Becomes a Global Network University
International Education Fairs
Education Abroad
A View From Out Here
In Focus
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