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US: Cultural Immersion in the Navajo Nation

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Country/Region

United States

Program Feature

Gen Ed
Service Learning

Program Term

Summer
Short-term

Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Education
Humanities and Social Sciences
Leadership and Community Engagement
Sustainability, Food, and Environment
Various

Application Deadline

February 1 at 11:59pm

For more information, contact: 

Dr. Theodore Hutchinson
Program Director
Email: hutchint@ohio.edu

Kirsten Dabelko
Program Coordinator
740-597-9039
Email: dabelkok@ohio.edu

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Students on the Navajo Nations program.

Overview 

Spend nine days this summer immersed in the culture of the Navajo Nation in Tuba City, Arizona. Students on the program are enrolled in a Tier II or III course. 
 
This program provides students with the opportunity to study the important role of language, family, belief, and value systems that sustain a culture while working closely with and learning from the Navajo people.  

Highlights and Excursions 

Excursions may vary, but typically include the following:

  • South Rim of Grand Canyon 
  • Dinosaur Tracks 
  • Monument Valley 
  • Code Talkers Museum 
  • Navajo Museum 
  • Navajo National Monument 
  • Newspaper Rock 
  • Coal Mine Canyon 

Program Activities 

  • Navajo Language Preservation Presentation 
  • Traditional Navajo Dance and Music 
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Traditional Sweat Lodge Ceremony 
  • Preparing Traditional Foods 

Good to know

This program requires physical activity, including long-distance walking, and possibly hiking, in canyons. Students will also take part in hands-on service projects that may be physically exerting. Contact the Office of Global Opportunities or program director if you have questions or concerns.

Living Arrangements 

Participants will stay at the Grey Hills Inn in Tuba City, AZ. Participants will have access bathroom facilities and a kitchen. 

All meals provided on site, including dinners prepared by Navajo families. 

Program Dates 

This program is not scheduled to travel in 2021.

Academics  

Students will take a total of 3 credit hours and may select either course listed below.

  • EDCS 1011 Introduction to Diversity Studies (3 credit hour Tier II) 

  • EDCS 4001 Democracy & Diversity (3 credit hour Tier III) 

Cost  

The program fee for this program includes: all lodging and meals on-site, park and museum entrance fees, ground transportation to and from Phoenix airport - Tuba City, group contribution to projects, scheduled recreational and cultural activities

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  

*Note: 

  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

An itemized Student Budget Worksheet will be available when the next travel dates are announced.

Looking for Funding Opportunities? 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program is open to all students with a 2.25 GPA or above. 

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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