What is Global Connections?
Global Connections is a travel experience designed to help students create meaning in their lives and connect their religious and spiritual convictions with justice issues, including peace, poverty, human rights, and the environment. Seminar activities and service experiences that offer reflection and meaningful dialogue with others aim also to help participants become agents of change for healthy living both here and abroad.
The first Global Connections trip in 2006 was to Montana, where students studied issues of declining rural communities. Subsequent Global Connections seminars have taken Oxford students, faculty, and staff to Montana, Poland, Vietnam, Turkey, New York City, and on a trip studying the history and current legacy of the civil rights movement in the South.
Most recently the Global Connections program partnered with the Alternative Spring Break program and the international agency Peacework to examine women's issues and issues of poverty in the village of La Carpio located just outside of San Jose, Costa Rica.
When do the trips take place?
Global Connections trips can take place anytime. Most have taken place in May just after commencement, but the possibilities are endless. Trips might also take place over the winter break, during any of the summer months, for part or all of spring break, and even during fall break.
How do I apply?
Trips are usually announced in the early fall semester by the Chaplain's office. At that time interest sessions will be organized and advertised. Applications for the program will be distributed during the interest sessions, and all applicants will be given a fair amount of time to turn in their application. Applications are reviewed in a timely manner and decisions are rendered with an appropriate amount of lead time.
Where are you going next?
Be on the lookout for the next trip, which will likely occur over fall break 2013 (mid-October). Rumor has it that we may be going back to New York, NY to examine some of the major social justice issues in the largest (population) city in the United States.