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  • Locations: Glasgow, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
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  • Restrictions: UGA applicants only
  • Cost of Attendance Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Category: UGA Faculty-Led Scholarship Availability: Yes
College/School: CAES Academic Area: Agricultural Leadership
Minimum number of credit hours: 3 Maximum number of credit hours: 3
Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.0 or above Open to non-UGA students: No
Program Description:

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Scotland: Food Insecurity Service-Learning Project

Gain perspective on food insecurity through both local and global lenses by completing service-learning projects to benefit communities in Athens, Georgia, and Dumfries, Scotland. During the spring semester course you’ll learn more about Scotland, its food production and insecurity, and volunteerism before implementing a service-learning project of your own design in Dumfries for nine days over spring break.
At the start of the spring semester, through regular video conferencing with faculty and students on the University of Glasgow’s Dumfries campus, you’ll conduct a needs assessment for schools in the communities surrounding both the Athens and Dumfries campuses to determine food insecurity issues in those local school environments. Information collected will be used to formulate sustainable, long-term projects to be implemented in both communities through local non-profit organizations that provide food to families in need.
Over spring break, you’ll fly to Dumfries and stay at the University of Glasgow campus there while working with faculty and students to implement your collaborative service-learning project at the Dumfries school. You’ll also visit area non-profit organizations to learn more about food insecurity and volunteerism. Between Dumfries and a trip to Glasgow, you’ll experience Scottish food, entertainment and culture.
By the end of the course, you’ll gain the tools needed to conduct a needs assessment, plan and execute a project to alleviate food insecurity in both local and international settings, and have an understanding of volunteerism in varying cultures. Through reflection and self-discovery, you’ll learn more about your strengths and how you can affect the global community. 

Program Location

scotlandStudents will travel to Dumfries, Scotland to implement the project and participate in both academic and cultural events.
  • Build school gardens and related constructs at Troqueer School
  • Work with teachers to design and introduce lessons and teaching resources that relate to the school gardens
  • Learn about food insecurity through visits with local nonprofits
  • Experience Scottish food, entertainment and culture

Contact Information

Dr. Eric Rubenstein
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
Phone: 706-542-3191

Dr. Nick Fuhrman
Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
Phone: 706-542-8828

*** Scholarships are available to CAES students.

Academic Program

Two courses are associated with the Scotland Food Insecurity Service-Learning Project. Students enroll in a spring semester course (2 credit hours) in addition to a short course for the actual spring break program (1 credit hour). 

Spring Semester: ALDR 3800 (2 credit hours)
Spring Break: ALDR 3810S (1 credit hour) 
*Both courses are required to participate in the study abroad 

Program Itinerary

Tentative Program Itinerary. Details TBD 

March 5 Arrive in Dumfries, Scotland 
March 6 Educational tours of the Dumfries/Galloway area and the Scottish countryside
March 7 - 10 Work with local public schools and university students to implement a service-learning project 
March 11 University of Glasgow campus 
March 12 Fly back to Georgia 


Student and faculty will stay at the Holiday Inn on the University of Glasgow Crichton campus. The Program fee will cover the majority of the meals while in Dumfries.

Program Costs

Students pay in-state tuition/fees + airfare + program fee. The program fee for the 2018 trip is $1,545.00. This fee covers housing, meals, transportation to and from the Glasgow airport to the Dumfries campus, and entrance fees. 

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Program Reviews:
Spring Break 2017 Participant
The things we covered in class were helpful in teaching as well as tips for the trip.

Spring Break 2017 Participant
Our room was great- nicer than any other study abroad I've been on.

Jordan Rae Collins, Spring Break 2017 Participant
Orientation materials helped me prepare for situations adjusting to a new culture and environment. It also provided extremely helpful traveling tips.

This program is currently not accepting applications.