Spring Break 2018 Field Studies

Do service-work at a school in the Bahamas, or explore the culture of Trinidad and Tobago!

Engage with culture and history!

Like these Rollins students in the ruins of Pompeii


  • Application Deadline: November 13, 2017 (unless otherwise noted)
  • Applications open in July
  • Find out How to Apply!

Service Immersion in the Bahamas

This incredible service immersion opportunity will introduce Rollins students to the local community on Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas and provide a look into the everyday, textured life of the island that exists beyond the more common tourist images of turquoise waters and laidback resorts. On this immersion experience, students will be working primarily our community partner Every Child Counts, a school for children with special needs. Specific projects may include: working with students and teachers in the classroom, assessing and sustaining technology needs and setting up a sustainable Rollins/ECC partnership, developing items to be sold in the newly designed ECC Gift Shop, cleanup projects, and beautification projects for the school. During the week, students will also have the opportunity to experience some of the culture and environment of the Abaco islands, with integrated activities such as snorkeling, fishing and a visit to Hopetown.

  • Program Leaders: Sofia Macias, Juan Escobar, and Student Site Leader TBD
  • Program Location: Abaco, Bahamas
  • Tentative Travel Dates: March 11-17, 2018
  • Credits: No credit experience
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Program Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, on-site blog/journal entries
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 12
  • Tentative Program Fee: $1700
  • Program Fee Includes: Program administration, health & emergency insurance, activities, accommodation, meals, and on-site transport
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport and personal expenses
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens

ENG 232F: Beyond the Brochure: A Cultural Exploration of Trinidad and Tobago

This field study introduces students to the vibrant, multicultural society of Trinidad and Tobago, the rare Caribbean nation not dependent on tourism as its primary industry. Students will explore a sustainable island lifestyle not showcased in holiday brochures promising paradise. We will visit local artists’ studios, meet with local writers and musicians, and tour with citizen activists fighting to preserve historic buildings. Students will explore the islands’ bird sanctuaries, nature preserves, rain forests, and reefs. And, we will sample unparalleled local cuisine. While Trinidad does represent an island lifestyle not beholden to tourism and foreign capital, inequality exists. Students will visit working class neighborhoods and areas of persistent poverty under threat of development and displacement. Ultimately this field study aims to encourage students to consider alternative ways of seeing and experiencing “the Caribbean.”

  • Faculty Leader: Victoria Brown
  • Program Location: Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tentative Travel Dates: March 9-16, 2018
  • Credits: 2 – Credit/No Credit
  • Prerequisites: ENG-140, Writing About the Caribbean; or, ENG-321, Caribbean Literature (2017, 2018); or, rFLA-200, Ethical Tourism; or, by instructor permission
  • Course Requirements: Attendance at pre-travel meetings, participation in all on-site activities, pre-travel paper, on-site journal, and final reflection paper.
  • Anticipated Number of Students: 10
  • Tentative Program Fee: $2900
  • Program Fee Includes: tuition, program administration, health & emergency insurance, airfare, accommodation, most breakfasts and 6 other meals, some program activities
  • Program Fee Does Not Include: Passport, personal expenses, some meals, some program activities
  • Visa: Not required for US citizens

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