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Semester at Sea is excited to announce the Fall 2020 Chapman Impact Fund partners!


Founded in 2003, the Global Mamas community is comprised of thousands of people from around the world working together with the mission of creating prosperity for African women and their families. The “Mamas” define prosperity as going beyond financial well-being to include happiness and good health. They achieve prosperity by creating and selling unique, handcrafted products of the highest quality.  Semester at Sea is partnering with Global Mamas to support the construction and operation of Africa’s first Fair Trade Zone (FTZ) – a centralized manufacturing facility of fair trade products that will provide sustainable livelihoods to 200 women through full-time, reliable, fairly-compensated employment and give them the tools to achieve financial independence.  Students selected for the Impact Cohort will spend three days working with the Mamas and learning about their important work. The Field Program will take place in Ghana (tentatively scheduled for days 2-4; Sept. 28-30). 

***This will be Global Mamas second year as a Chapman Impact Fund Partner!***

Established in 2007, Hearts for Hue (H4H) is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of disadvantaged people in Hue, Vietnam through education, health care and livelihood support programs. It focuses on key areas of social and economic development such as microfinance, community service, health care, and the environment.  Semester at Sea is partnering with Hearts for Hue to help fund their microfinance program designed to challenge gendered-power dynamics, and provide sustainable economic support and income generation for women in Hue.  Students selected for the Impact Cohort will travel to Hearts for Hue’s program site(s) to learn about and participate in their important work. The Field Program will take place in Vietnam (tentatively scheduled for days 3-5; Nov.24-26). 

Student Scholarship Information:

Calling all FAll 2020 voyagers! Want to learn more about international NGOs and do something meaningful and unique while in port (for free?!)? Interested in what SAS is doing to give-back to the places and people we visit? Interested in exploring the concept of sustainable and responsible tourism and delving into the complexities of international development? Apply to join the Impact Cohort: 

The Impact Cohort (approx. ~15-25 students) will travel together on two custom overnight Field Programs in Ghana and Vietnam to visit and support the partner organizations outlined above. The Cohort will work together during at-sea days to learn about relevant concepts, to prepare for each visit, and to reflect and process after each program. The Cohort will be led by SAS faculty member Dr. Susan Ferguson and on transcripts will appear as IE 492 International Education Seminar (1 credit).

Upon successful completion of both programs, all cohort members will have the opportunity to apply for additional funding (up to $2,500) to return to one of the program sites after the voyage in an intern / volunteer / fellowship capacity (timing and details TBD pending partner needs and student availability.)

These exclusive Field Program experiences are available free of charge just to the students selected for the Cohort. The top applicants will also receive an additional $3,500 tuition reduction.

All members of the Cohort are required to participate in BOTH impact Field Programs: Ghana (tentatively scheduled for days 2-4; Sept. 28-30) and Vietnam (tentatively scheduled for days 3-5; Nov.24-26).  This means no other travel can be planned for these days.

Important Note: Some courses may have a required Field Class that conflicts with the scheduled Field Program dates. Therefore, students who register in a course with a Field Class during the same time will not be able to participate in the Impact Cohort.