Virginia Tech®home

CALS Faculty-Led Programs

Winter 2021-22

  • Redirect Item
    Costa Rica: An exploration of health, community, and yoga in a Blue Zone of Costa Rica
    Costa Rica: An exploration of health, community, and yoga in a Blue Zone of Costa Rica , redirect

    This international experiential learning program is centered around Nosara, Costa Rica—which is one of the five Blue Zones (areas where the highest proportion of centenarians exist [e.g., those 100+years of age]). Overall, students will examine the intersect between yoga, community values, and health. Key components will include discussion with locals about customs that support health (focus on physical heath and community), a service learning project (tree planting), an open-air food demonstration, and daily yoga practice (inclusive breathing, postures, meditation).

  • Redirect Item
    A dormant volcano sits dormant beneath a cloudy sky.
    Costa Rica: Global Issues in Sustainability , redirect

    Travel to a variety of rural, and urban settings to learn about water management, ecotourism, agribusiness, biology, forestry, and renewable materials issues. The course balances different teaching methods to increase the learning process to reflect on past, present, and future of natural resources in a developing country and their relationship to other geographies such as United States. This three-credit course is open to all majors.

  • Redirect Item
    Photo of a city in Ecuador.
    Ecuador: Environmental Science, Health, and Culture , redirect

    This is a unique, intense two and a half-week study abroad experience in Ecuador. The course will examine three diverse eco-regions that include the Galápagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest, and the Páramo Region of the Andes Mountains. Students will explore the links between Ecuadorian culture and environmental and human health issues. Students will experience first hand the diverse culture of Ecuador, the environmental pressures associated with tourism, natural resource extraction, and agriculture, and the health impacts connected between the two. Check back for travel dates.

  • Redirect Item
    Senegal: Youth and Development in Senegal
    Senegal: Youth and Development in Senegal , redirect

    Experience a transdisciplinary international service-learning course in Senegal, West Africa, focused on youth development in relation to social entrepreneurship, agricultural value chains, community development, technological innovation, and culture. Students will learn new concepts related to issues facing youth in agricultural and community development in Senegal. Students will partner with the 4-H Senegal program to accomplish specific research and development tasks.

Spring 2022

  • Redirect Item
    Horses run side by side on a race track.
    Germany: Introduction to the Sport Horse Industry in Germany , redirect

    Learn about the history of the horse in Europe particularly the horse’s role in war and how war influenced the current system of equine agriculture in Germany. Understand the importation process of horses from Germany to the US, associated health considerations and the potential for trade barriers. Visit the headquarters of German breed organizations and learn about the differing registration requirements as well as the goals of each organization. Complete the test for the German basic horse knowledge badge with the option to test for the small bronze performance medal. Riding is encouraged but is optional.

Summer 2022

  • Redirect Item
    People sitting at a table.
    Germany: Practical & Theoretical Brewing & Culture , redirect

    Combine Theory and Practice during this four-week study abroad program based in Freising, Germany. This program combines classroom instruction covering Brewing, Malting and Fermentation Science & Technology, with hands-on Pilot Scale Lab Projects.

  • Redirect Item
    A drone photo of a field in Australia.
    Australia and New Zealand: Focus on Animal Agriculture and Sustainability , redirect

    This is a unique, intense three-week study abroad experience in New Zealand and Australia. Interface with unique wildlife populations and experience new cultures. Learn about natural resource, market and regulatory constraints and opportunities in the animal agriculture industries. Compare farm management; animal health and environmental concerns; and training and management of farm labor in the U. S. to that in New Zealand and Australia.

Fall 2022

  • Article Item
    A photo of people standing in a field in Australia
    Australia: Learning about Australia’s Culture, Agriculture, Crops and Cropping Systems , article

    Australia is one of the major agricultural producers and exporters in the world. More than 61% of Australia’s landmass is used for farming (including row crops and grasslands). Australia produces a wide range of high-quality cereal crops – primarily wheat, barley, oats, maize, sorghum, and triticale, as well as other crops such as oil crops (canola, sunflower) and grain legumes (lupine, field peas, chickpeas, lentils, fava beans, etc.) and a large variety of horticultural crops. The course will explore many cropping systems, both irrigated and dryland, across two distinct regions in Australia - grassland and temperate regions. Learn about mixed farming systems – where crop production is integrated with animal production.

Winter 2022-23

  • Redirect Item
    Brazil: Agriculture Study Tour
    Brazil: Agriculture Study Tour , redirect

    This program is open to all Virginia Tech students, particularly those who are interested in global agriculture, food, the environment, and related challenges and issues. It will also appeal to anyone interested in learning more about a country which is almost as large as the United States, but where winter is summer and summer is winter (we’ll be there during their summer). For APSC students: this program is a possible capstone experience.

  • Redirect Item
    A herd of elephants standing in water.
    South Africa: A focus on Food Security, Wildlife, and Conservation , redirect

    South Africa has a dual agricultural economy – well-developed commercial farming and substance-based production in the rural areas. This two-week study abroad program through the Stellenbosch University will explore food security issues. The course will focus on food production, distribution and utilization as well as the potential wildlife contributions to food security in South Africa.

  • Redirect Item
    Photo of a city in Ecuador.
    Ecuador: Environmental Science, Health, and Culture , redirect

    This is a unique, intense two and a half-week study abroad experience in Ecuador. The course will examine three diverse eco-regions that include the Galápagos Islands, Amazon Rainforest, and the Páramo Region of the Andes Mountains. Students will explore the links between Ecuadorian culture and environmental and human health issues. Students will experience first hand the diverse culture of Ecuador, the environmental pressures associated with tourism, natural resource extraction, and agriculture, and the health impacts connected between the two. Check back for travel dates.

Upcoming

The programs below have been rescheduled or are not yet scheduled for a certain timeframe.

  • Redirect Item
    British Isles: Applied Animal Behavior and Management in the British Isles and the U.S.
    British Isles: Applied Animal Behavior and Management in the British Isles and the U.S. , redirect

    The program visits four major cities (London, Edinburgh, Dublin, and Belfast) and the surrounding countrysides, engaging in visits at universities and colleges, research institutes, and farms, as well as a variety of other animal enterprises. Past trips have included dairy and beef farms, an English county fair, the Edinburgh Zoo, the Irish National Stud and Japanese Garden, a boutique goat cheese factory, and an Irish greyhound racetrack. The focus is on comparing animal management, behavior, and welfare in the U. S. to that in the E.U. while simultaneously learning about the people and cultures of the British Isles.