The site of this study abroad opportunity is the small
francophone country of Benin (formally called Dahomey) in West Africa, situated
on the Atlantic Ocean. Participants will be based in the fascinating city of
Ouidah, historical birthplace of voodoo and the slave trade of 18th-19th
centuries, and currently home to a vibrant living arts culture. Organizational
in-county liaison is the Centre Internationale for Art and Music at Ouidah
(which can be googled as CIAMO.org on the Web).
Highlights include: instruction in the integrated arts of
traditional African music, dance and visual art, visits to see active public
school classrooms, short excursions to interesting nearby villages and historic
sites, and an extended excursion to Abomey, the palace site of the original
kings of Dahomey. This is a great chance to practice French language although
English translations will be provided throughout.
3 credits, upper division. This course to be cross-listed
through Outreach with Education and other subject areas. Contact the instructor
listed below for more specific information.
Approximate dates: 8 weekly stateside evening sessions mid
Oct.-Dec. 2012 in preparation for two weeks spent overseas Dec. 27, 2012-Jan
Approximate cost: $4000 which includes r/t airfare from
Denver, in-country transportation, lodging, many meals, excursions, cultural
instruction, translation services, gratuities. (based on dbl. occupancy). Small
group size, spaces limited! NOTE: Several SCHOLARSHIP opportunities available
for UW students to help with partial funding. Application required of all
participants, with initial deposit due once accepted. Time is of the essence,
Instructor-led by Dr. Lydia Dambekalns, Associate Professor,
College of Education ( who just returned from living and working in Ouidah for
six months during her recent sabbatical).
MORE INFORMATION: please email Dr. Dambekalns at
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