As a Christian university, Vanguard has the unique privilege to take what could be simply a long term summer missions trip and transform it into an accredited college learning experience for students to experientially see how organizations work to make real changes in the world.
Two of these experiential courses will take place this summer. Vanguard’s Department of Anthropology and Sociology is offering two study abroad programs, one based in El Salvador and the other in Nepal and India, to challenge students to take their education to the front lines in the battles against poverty and human-trafficking.
In the El Salvador study abroad program, led by Dr. Jamie Huff of the Anthropology Department, students will learn skills in nonprofit management, community and economic development, public health, and church-based strategies for poverty alleviation. Students can join with members of the VU faculty and spend their summer gaining hands-on experience by coming alongside nonprofit leaders and local pastors of El Salvador. This program runs from May 13 to June 1.
For students interested in helping to prevent child trafficking, there is the study abroad program in Nepal and India. It focuses on introducing students to strategic solutions for stopping the trafficking of girls along the border of Nepal and India. Students will work with local organizations and churches, and learn about the Daughter Project. This program runs from June 17 to July 5.
An informational meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4:15 p.m. in Heath Rm 105.
To learn more, visit the Department of Anthropology and Sociology’s news site by clicking here.