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"The purpose of GO ED. is not just to increase in knowledge, but also in principle. Such prinicples as love, justice, and forgiveness have been impressed on our hears." - Student, GO ED. Mekong Spring 2011

Go Students!

All journeys begin with a single step.

GO ED. is a study abroad program that partners with international relief and development organizations across the globe. We believe that in order to end the spiritual and physical hunger plaguing the world, we must first begin by transforming ourselves.

The GO ED. initiative provides opportunities for enquiring individuals to begin their personal quest of spiritual and personal transformation. Our vision is to own and ultimately end poverty, by transforming lives through cultural engagement. It is not our intention to merely provide temporary relief or transient awareness; rather, it's our desire to leave a lasting legacy by preparing and empowering future generations to make meaningful contributions in the fight to stop all forms of human poverty.

We operate in some of the most poverty-stricken regions of the world, firm in our belief that light, beauty and hope continue to thrive in these hard places, and that they offer profound lessons to those who are willing to learn.

If you are intrigued by the challenge of undergoing this process of transformational development, we urge you to continue exploring these pages.

We will address any questions you may have should you decide to contact us through any of the conveniently located links throughout our website.

Welcome to GO ED., and let us begin our journey.

"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a sundial in the shade?" Benjamin Franklin

GO ED.'s semester study abroad program incorporates the best of pedagogical practice, curriculum design and spiritual development. They have been created to nurture transformational development within the self - to engage hands, heads and hearts as a unified whole and foster meaningful change through physical action and spiritual growth.

GO ED. seeks to promote and to provoke individual transformation through five program components:

• Cross-cultural learning environments
• Rigorous and relevant curriculum taught by qualified academics
• Supervised field practicum contributing to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): www.undp.org/mdg/basics.shtml
• Shared life in international community accompanied by field-experienced staff
• Guided Christian spiritual formation to enhance the experience of the journey undertaken

We are based in two regional locations: Africa (since Fall 2006); Mekong (since Fall 2009).

GO ED. students spend 16 weeks in their chosen location. They attend four 3-credit classes during the semester and participate in a four-week field practicum project.

One unique aspect of the GO ED. program that sets us apart is the ten-year, post-attendance mentoring phase for alumni, where we help you cope with re-entry and reverse culture shock, network and provide resources, as well as facilitate opportunities for projects and initiatives directed towards ending poverty.

If you would like to speak with GO ED. alumni to learn more, please email Jordan Smith (info@go-ed.org) or call 1-484-427-GOED.

 

"When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, "I used everything you gave me." Erma Bombeck

Practicum is about doing, and meaningful action. GO ED.'s practicum course is designed to give you hands-on experience with community development work in the field. As your hands, heads and hearts all engage during the practicum part of the GO ED. program, our desire is that you will come to better understand poverty (spiritual and physical, your own as well as others') and experience and share God's heart for the poor.

Through the mindful application of this practice, we believe that God can take our skills and passions and sometimes just our presence to make a real difference in the lives of others. If you want to change the world, you need to start with yourself.

Practicum is the vehicle through which GO ED. begins this transformation - no one is ever quite the same.

The process

Our practicum placement process has three main steps:

Step 1. Initial Practicum Application: What development area interests you the most?

• eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
• achieve universal primary education
• promote gender equality and empower women
• reduce child mortality
• improve maternal health
• combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
• ensure environmental sustainability
• global partnership for development


We also encourage you to explore the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): www.undp.org/mdg/basics.shtml and familiarize yourself with how your education and interests align with the MDGs and the needs of your chosen region. After you have selected an area of focus, write a brief statement explaining your choice and submit it with your GO ED. application.

Step 2. Practicum Preparation: What relevant skills are you developing in your life and education?

• research & statistical analysis
• video/photography, journalism & media
• documentation & report writing
• ethnography & historiography
• fine arts & visual language
• agriculture & livestock care
• teaching & curriculum
• strategy & financial planning
• music & music instruction
• ecology & naturalist observation
• social work & psychology
• medicine, health & wellness


Before you arrive at orientation, create an experience and education resume (CV) describing what resources you bring to the field. Articulate a learning objective for your practicum experience, refining it as you become more familiar with the needs and the Millennium Development Goals.

Step 3. Practicum Selection: What placement opportunities best fit your skills and interests?

We encourage you to browse through the geographical regions we operate in before submitting your admissions application, as each region has a unique focus and student experience. Practicum samples are also available for your reference.

Upon acceptance into the program - and after arriving in your host country - you will attend the practicum field placement fair, where you will be presented with available opportunities for practicum placement; from these you select three (3) options and submit your CV and learning objective for each.

For practicum assignments and requirements, Visit Regions and review the Practicum 311 course syllabus for the GO ED. region of interest. Typically, most universities award 3 units of upper-division elective credit for the practicum. The practicum and all assignments are a requirement of the GO ED. program, regardless of whether the student plans to take the course for credit.

Need to modify the practicum to meet major/graduation requirements? If you plan to use the GO ED. practicum to fulfill specific requirements for your degree or academic major, and if you desire the practicum to be modified to meet those requirements, please outline additional requirements in the space below. We will review your additional requirements as part of the application process and inform you whether the field can accommodate your request.

 

"Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs." Albert Einstein

Earn academic credit from nationally recognized host universities as you attend GO ED. - check with your college's study abroad or registrar's office to see if they already accept transfer credit for our courses. You may also request a faculty member or administrator contact us to begin the process of building an agreement with your university.

Your university will receive a transcript for GO ED. courses from the program's host universities overseas (Uganda Christian University for GO ED. Africa, Payap University for GO ED. Mekong).

Minimum Application Requirements: Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA; college junior or senior at the start of the program semester.

Contact us by email below or call 1-484-427-GOED to explore championing your university to become a GO ED. sending institution and to award transfer credit.





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"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." Anatole France

The cost of attending GO ED. is the standard tuition, room & board from the your home college or university (sending institution). You are responsible for paying these regular fees to your home university. GO ED. will collect all program fees directly from the sending institution. Other than the application fee and deposit (see below), you will not be paying any other program fees.

GO ED. Program fees cover:

All program costs include: tuition, room, board, insurance, and international airfare (roundtrip from US Orientation to GO ED. location), and any local or regional travel required for the program.

You are responsible for:

• Paying all regular fees to your home college or university
• All personal expenses
• Domestic travel to/from U.S. Orientation
• Passport fees
• Costs associated with medical care or clinical visits in the field (most costs can be reimbursed through insurance covereage)
• Vaccinations/Immunizations in the U.S.
• Spending money for non-program activities (gifts, souvenirs, etc.)

Additional Costs:

• $50.00 Application Fee - which is due at the time you submit your application. Your application will not be processed until this fee is received.
• $300.00 deposit - which is due from the student once accepted into the GO ED. program. The $300.00 will be put towards the costs of tuition and is deducted from total program fees paid by your sending institution.

Financial Aid

There are many ways to pay for studying abroad with GO ED. If you are thinking, "I'm not sure I can afford to study abroad," don't worry, this is a common concern. We have found that most students are able to afford GO ED. through one of the following sources:

Financial Aid

Colleges and universities have different policies governing the use of your current financial aid package. To find out the policies of your particular school, contact your study abroad office to determine how much of your aid can be applied toward GO ED.

When talking with your study abroad advisor about financial aid, we recommend discussing the following items:

- What can be done to ensure your school accepts the credits you earn?
- How much of your current financial aid package (loans, grants, scholarships) will apply toward GO ED.?
- What additional scholarships are you eligible for?
- Will you be enrolled at your home institution while abroad or will you be required to take a leave of absence?
- Does your college or university sign institutional agreements with third party non-Title IV organizations like GO ED.?

Alternative Sources of Funding

While GO ED. does not offer financial assistance, there are many sources of funding available to students studying abroad. Alternative financing options help students pay the costs not covered by their current financial aid.

We strongly recommend discussing your financing options with both your study abroad advisor and financial aid officer well in advance of the GO ED. semester you are applying for or it may be too late to apply for aid or plan other ways to finance your costs. To access our Financial Aid FAQs, please go to Student FAQs.

Please refer to the following (non-exhaustive) list of resources:

Study Abroad Financial Aid Websites

www.studyabroadfunding.org - Study Abroad Funding
www.iefc.com - International Education Financing
www.iefa.org - International Education Financial Aid
www.studyabroadloans.com - Loans for Study Abroad
www.internationalstudent.com - Financial Aid Finder, Study Abroad Resource Center
www.internationalstudentloan.com - Financial Aid for Study Abroad students

Personal & Student Loans

www.collegeloansite.com - Student Loans
www.loantolearn.com - Student Loans
www.aessuccess.org - Student Loans
www.alternativestudentloan.com - Student Loans
www.acteducationloans.com - Student Loans
www.astrivestudentloans.com - Student Loans
www.wachovia.com - Student Loans
www.citifinancial.com - Personal & Student Loans
www.Eloan.com - Personal & Student Loans


Scholarship Searches

www.studyabroadfunding.org - IIE Passport database of study abroad scholarships, fellowships, and grants

www.international.umn.edu/funding/undergrad.php - Scholarship database sponsored by UMN's Learning Abroad Center

www.scholarships.goabroad.com - GoAbroad.com Scholarship Database

www.internationalscholarships.com - Listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs for students wishing to study abroad

National Scholarships

www.rotary.org/foundation/educational/amb_scho/index.html - The Rotary Foundation's Ambassadorial Scholarship program is the world's largest privately funded international scholarship program.

www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship - The David L. Boren Scholarship provides awards to undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests.

www.iie.org/freeman-asia/ - The Freeman-ASIA is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need planning to study in East or Southeast Asia.

www.iie.org/gilman - Benjamin Gilman Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who receive federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

www.globalstudiesfoundation.org - The Global Studies Foundation (GSF) Student Grant provides supplemental funds for American students studying abroad.

www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Scholarships/studyabroad.html - Competition based study abroad grants administered by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

www.cjsfoundation.org/Scholarship to Study Abroad.htm - The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation awards scholarships to those who have attained the Silver Award Girl Scout and plan to study abroad.

www.cbie.ca/english/scholarship/ - Website of the Canadian Bureau for International Education listing funding opportunities for Canadians desiring to study abroad.