Available! Please contact Professor Susan Cherup for details.
These credits can count as one of the following courses:
Encounter with Cultures
Cultural Heritage II
Elective for the Social Work Major
December 1, 2017
Scholarship Deadline: December 15, 2017
Practice experiences are essential for anyone planning a career in education, social work or nursing. Immersion into the world, lives, and culture of the Lakota Sioux provides great learning opportunities, increased cultural awareness, and is good for the spirit. When the two are mixed, they define the Hope College May Term on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in south-central South Dakota. Begun in 1991, this experience allows students to live and learn in a culture different from their own and participate full time in a classroom, school social work or counseling office, or school nurse environment of their choice.
Information learned in college classes is applied to real life settings as students plan culturally appropriate lessons, cooperative learning activities, address a variety of learning styles, and help students deal with life events, traumas, or health concerns. Orientation to the culture includes meeting with tribal, school, dormitory, and business representatives, hospital administrators, spiritual leaders, and Indian students. Trips to Wounded Knee, Crazy Horse, Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore, and the Akta Lokota and St. Francis museums provide further information about the Sioux Nation.
The students will live and prepare their meals in a small dormitory in Mission, South Dakota. Each student will be placed in the Todd County schools and work with teachers or social workers during their time on the Reservation. Evenings and weekends will be spent in student, faculty, or Lakota representatives presentations, discussion and field trips illuminating Lakota culture, spirituality, and social issues.
Rosebud Indian Reservation, South Dakota – STRONG WOMEN AND JIM -May Term 2017
Picture taken at Todd County Administrative Office in Mission, South Dakota