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Credit Offered:
USF Credit
Program Advisor:
Nancy Di Bella
Sponsoring College:
Honors College
Program Description:

Program Overview

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Join us for a study abroad experience on the beautiful island of St. Lucia!  This program will introduce USF students to Caribbean history and culture while also providing an exciting service learning opportunity.  During Summer B , USF students will spend three weeks in class on the Tampa campus preparing for a 21-day experience in St. Lucia.  Through the course, “Youth, Education and Leadership in the Caribbean”, students will learn about historical and contemporary issues related to the Caribbean, with a specific focus on St. Lucia.  Students will read and discuss an interdisciplinary body of literature on the Caribbean and St. Lucia, including readings from the social sciences and the humanities.  Students will also explore issues related to youth culture in the Caribbean and the role of nongovernmental agencies in the lives of youth in developing countries.  The course will include speakers from Tampa’s Caribbean communities and representatives from local youth-focused organizations, who will discuss strategies for  mentoring and team-building, particularly for youth in low-income communities.
USF students will spend the second three weeks of the course on St. Lucia working with a staff member from Peacework and staff members from the St. Lucia Ministry of Youth and Sports.  With these organizations, USF students will develop activities for a “Youth Leadership Academy”, an interactive summer camp for St. Lucian high school students.  The Academy will provide activities to develop St. Lucian students’ skills in leadership and public service; debate and public speaking; sports and teamwork.  Through substantive interactions with St. Lucian students, parents and community organizations, USF students will gain complex perspectives on life in the Caribbean.
Students will live and work in Soufriere, a small historic town on St. Lucia’s west coast.  Students will share rooms at modest inns or guesthouses.  Room assignments will be based on gender.  USF students will enjoy excursions to different regions of the island, including a visit to Pigeon Point Historical site for hiking; a visit to St. Lucia’s famous Pitons; and visits to beaches and other recreational sites. 
While the academic focus is on increasing USF student’s knowledge of social, political and economic issues in the Caribbean, this course also includes a very critical service learning component that encourages a sense of responsibility to the global community


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Picture of St Lucia

St. Lucia is a small island nation in the eastern Caribbean Sea.  It is part of the Lesser Antilles and located northeast of the island of St. Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique.  St. Lucia’s population of 174,000 (2010 census) resides in both urban and rural locations.  People of African descent are the predominant ethnic group. 
The largest city in St. Lucia is Castries, its capital and its most populated quarter. The birthplace of Sir Arthur Lewis (Nobel Laurette in Economics), Castries has a rich history and is a major tourist area.  Its landmarks include the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Derek Walcott Square (named in honor of St. Lucia’s Nobel Prize-winning poet), the City Library, and the Government House.  The office of the Ministry of Youth and Sports is located in Castries and students may have the opportunity to visit that office and other governmental sites.  There are several popular beaches in or near Castries that students may enjoy.  Because of its historical and cultural significance, Castries is an interesting and fun site for students to visit.
Another important site for this study abroad experience is Soufriere, a small town on the west coast of St. Lucia.  This is the site of a number of historic estates and the famous Pitons.  Gros Piton and Petit Piton are two enormous volcanic structures located south of Soufriere. The Pitons are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Other interesting natural wonders in or near Soufriere include Sulfur Springs, a drive-through volcano with several hot springs; the Rainforest, which includes trails, wildlife and waterfalls; and Soufriere Estate, a colonial estate which houses a botanical garden.  Students will live in Soufriere and work with youth in a local school building.
The significance of this program is that it offers students the opportunity to learn about and witness the intersection of history, culture, politics and globalization on a small island nation that is predominantly Black.  The participants in this program will also develop a sense of the educational needs of youth who are the future leaders of St. Lucia.


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Host Institution

Peacework is a program of the Peacework Development Fund, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization that builds and manages partnerships in international development involving institutions of higher education and corporations.  This program is a collaboration between Peacework and the Global Change Agents Workshop Series.This curriculum supports and promotes the transformational growth and learning for their participants. USF Honors College will work alongside Peacework to create and run the Youth Leadership Academy in the southern region of St. Lucia.

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Academic Program and Course Information

Download the required course approval form here: CAF Youth & Leadership St. Lucia 201705

IDH4200 - Youth Education and Leadership in the Caribbean

USF students will spend the second three weeks of the course on St. Lucia working with a staff member from Peacework and staff members from the St. Lucia Ministry of Youth and Sports. With these organizations, USF students will develop activities for a "Youth Leadership Academy", an interactive summer camp for St. Lucian high school students. The Academy will provide activities to develop St. Lucian students' skills in leadership and public service; debate and public speaking; sports and teamwork as well as research skills and employment preparation.


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Dr. Cheryl R. Rodriguez is Chair of the Department of Africana Studies and Director of the Institute on Black Life.  A cultural anthropologist and a scholar of Africana Studies, her research focuses on the intersection of gender, race and class; identity and meaning in Black communities; and the roles of youth-focused organizations in low-income communities.  Her recent edited anthology, Transatlantic Feminisms: Women and Gender Studies in Africa and the Diaspora, is a collaborative project with two colleagues from the University of Ghana and is an example of Dr. Rodriguez’s interests in creating international relationships with diverse groups of scholars and also, enhancing global knowledge about the lives of women of the African diaspora. She has been actively engaged as a scholar and participant in events relevant to historically Black communities in Tampa.  Her publications on the Tampa’s Central Avenue reflect an interest in understanding the ways in which people of the African diaspora create structures and institutions that have allowed them to survive and thrive. Dr. Rodriguez has also been very concerned about the lives of youth in low-income communities. She has studied organizations and programs for youth in Louisiana, Detroit and Tampa.  She has also served on the boards of the local Ophelia Project and the YMCA Community Services, both of which focus on youth issues.
Dr. Rodriguez has traveled extensively on the African continent and led a group of students on a summer service learning experience in the southern African country of Lesotho.  Her experiences with students also include 25 years of teaching undergraduates and graduates in course such as “introduction to the Black Experience in Africa and its Diaspora”; “Black Women in America; “Women in Africa and the Diaspora” and “African American Community Research” – a course on ethnographic methodology.
In preparation for the study abroad program to St. Lucia, Dr. Rodriguez made one visit to the island in August of 2015.  She and Dr. Charles Adams, Dean of the Honors College, met with Ms. Beth Wright, Director of Community Engagement for Peacework.  Dr. Rodriguez, Dr. Adams and Ms. Wright toured the island, exploring potential sites for camps and options for excursions and educational opportunities for USF students.  The group also met key contacts, including Mary Wilfred from the Ministry of Youth and Sports and a representative from the Chamber of Commerce and Youth Business Trust.


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Program Costs

Total program cost: $4,283 + tuition ($520.17)

Cost includes:
International round trip airfare Tampa-St. Lucia
3 meals a day
In-country transportation

Cost does not include:

Passport fees
luggage fees
personal expenses

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Living Arrangements


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Who Can Participate?

Honors College students

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How and When to Pay

Please click here for further details regarding payment.

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Getting There


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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Please click here for more detailed information.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to USF students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Special Terms

Students should carefully review the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

For information about this course contact

Dr. Cheryl Rodriguez
Africana Studies                                                                
4202 E. Fowler Ave., FAO 270                                                                        
University of South Florida                                                 
Tampa, Florida 33620
(813) 974-5949

Questions regarding study abroad, program enrollment, registration and payment of fees:

Nancy Di Bella, M.A.
Education Abroad Advisor
USF World
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave. CGS101
Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: (813) 974 - 1969 | Fax:(813) 974 - 4613


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This program is currently not accepting applications.