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Iowa State University

Jul 20, 2017

Iowa State University

AMES — Alena Whitaker from Hillsboro, studying biological systems engineering at Iowa State University, took learning out of the classroom to explore the world by participating in a short-travel study abroad program this summer.

Whitaker participated in “Creating a School Garden: Service-Learning in Uganda,” and spent time in Kampala, Uganda.

The service-learning internship allowed students to develop a school garden for an elementary school in the Kamuli District. This project is in partnership with the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences’ Sustainable Rural Livelihoods Program and Makerere University. Not only did students develop the garden and work with the teachers in grades 1-7 to deliver curriculum in agriculture, science and nutrition using the garden, they participated in one or more team projects that support the overall goals of the school gardens program.

The Ag Study Abroad Office offers a variety of trips that help students gain a new perspective at locations around the world. This summer, nearly 100 students participated. Through trips offered over breaks in the academic year, during the summer and semesterlong exchanges or internships, students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have been on all seven continents studying agriculture and life sciences.

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