INTERESTED IN GETTING ACADEMIC CREDIT FOR YOUR PROGRAM?

By doing an independent study, Radical Tourists can help you get academic credit for your program. If you have well-defined goals and are motivated, an independent study provides a way of earning academic credit while pursuing a topic or project of particular interest to you.

Students who wish to receive academic credit have to seek academic approval from their academic advisor or professor. Universities (and faculties or departments within a university) have different rules regarding independent study. Approval may also depend on the major, the number and type of credit hours needed to complete your degree requirements. Radical Tourists strongly advises that you inquire within your department about receiving credit well in advance of your departure date.

For more details, see below. If you need further assistance, please email our office at academiccredit@radicaltourists.com

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Students from dozens of majors – language programs to nursing, business to applied sciences, and many more, have earned credit this way, either towards their degree requirements or as an elective. As the name implies, an independent study course relies heavily on your own initiative, and the reward is a unique learning experience that is specific to your area of interest.

Students pursuing independent study credit can choose to follow any of the following Radical Tourists’ Course Syllabi that are specifically designed by university educators to complement Radical Tourists’ Volunteer Projects and related issues, objectives and activities and make the most of the learning opportunities presented.

  • Community Development and Livelihood Strategies
  • Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Sustainable Tourism

The course requirements include:

  • Keeping a daily journal during the volunteer project*
  • Participating in all group discussions*
  • Preparing and leading a group discussion*
  • Participation in all volunteer project activities*
  • Writing a final paper regarding your volunteer project upon completion of your Radical Tourist Program (graded by your university professor/advisor)

*Your Radical Tourists’ Project Leader can provide an evaluation for each of these components of the course (with the exception of the final paper), which is submitted directly to your professor.

Grading for independent study students following the Radical Tourists’ Course Syllabus is as follows:

  • Journal  (20%)
  • Discussion  (20%)
  • Participation on the Project  (20%)
  • Term Paper  (40%)

You can take the Course Syllabus to your professor, advisor or faculty member and work with him/her to design an individualized independent study course in the field of Community Development and Livelihood Strategies; Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development; Sustainable Agriculture; Sustainable Tourism or any other relevant topic. There is a fee of $50.00 USD payable to Radical Tourist for this independent study course option, which includes:

  • Course Syllabus in
    • Community Development and Livelihood Strategies
    • Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development
    • Sustainable Agriculture
    • Sustainable Tourism
  • Oversight and evaluation by your Radical Tourists’ Project Leader/Instructor for all on-site requirements
  • Submission of grades/evaluation forms directly to your professor by Radical Tourists’ Education Director

 

ENROLLMENT AND FEES

To enroll:

  1. Meet with your professor, academic advisor or faculty member to discuss receiving independent study for your Radical Tourists’ Program*. Determine the amount of credit you will receive, how credit will apply towards your individual course of study, grading, any fees charged by your school, etc.
  2. Once you have registered for a Radical Tourists’ Program, email us at academiccredit@radicaltourists.com informing us that you are receiving independent study credit, indicate whether you will be following the Radical Tourists’ Course Syllabus, and include your advisor/professor’s name and email address. Also note any course requirements that may relate to your project placement.

Fees:

  1. Your university or department may charge fees or tuition for you to do an independent study course (like any other course offered on campus). Check with your academic advisor or department administrator regarding any fees payable to your university.
  2. If you choose to follow the Radical Tourists’ Course Syllabus, a small fee payable to Radical Tourists will be added to your invoice. Radical Tourists will send you the Course Syllabus of your choice, which corresponds to the types of Volunteer Projects available.
  3. If you are not following the Radical Tourists’ Course Syllabus, but you do require an evaluation from your Project Leader for your course, send an email to academiccredit@radicaltourists.com to request one. There is a small fee payable to Radical Tourists for this service.

*Please note: Radical Tourists does not guarantee academic credit as each individual participant must discuss credit with his/her academic advisor and receive approval for credit prior to departure.

 

WHEN IS THE DEADLINE TO ARRANGE INDEPENDENT STUDY?

There is no deadline to arrange independent study, however, you are encouraged to begin the process early to ensure that your credit is approved and requirements are determined well in advance of your departure date.

 

HOW MANY CREDITS WILL I EARN FOR MY INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE?

Your faculty member or advisor determines the credits awarded for successful completion of an independent study course, according to your school’s guidelines.

Volunteering hours are as follows:

  • On the 4 week adventure volunteer trip, 2 weeks will be spent volunteering (approximately 80 hours)
  • On the 2 week adventure volunteer trip, 1 week will be spent volunteering (approximately 40 hours)
  • On the 1 week adventure volunteer trip, 3 days will be spent volunteering (approximately 24 hours)
  • For the volunteer (only) trips, approximately 40 hours per week will be spent volunteering

 

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT AT MY SCHOOL TO ARRANGE AN INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE?

Approach a faculty member, undergraduate advisor or administrator of your academic department.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TO FOLLOW THE RADICAL TOURISTS’ COURSE SYLLABUS?

Radical Tourists provides course Course Syllabi that are specifically designed to complement the structure and nature of the volunteer programs we offer in our host countries. With guidance from your advisor, you may choose to either:

  1. Follow the Radical Tourists’ Course Syllabus, or
  2. Develop a course outline and requirements with your professor that are better suited to your individual academic needs.

 

IF I DECIDE TO FOLLOW THE RADICAL TOURISTS’ COURSE SYLLABUS, HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE FOR MY VOLUNTEER PROJECT?

The four main subject areas for Radical Tourists’ Volunteer Projects are:

  • Community Development and Livelihood Strategies
  • Gender, Environment and Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Sustainable Tourism

Follow the Course Syllabus best suited to your interests and/or academic requirements. Note that the subject areas are not offered in every project. If you are unsure which outline to use, please contact academiccredit@radicaltourists.com

 

WHO GRADES MY WORK?

If you follow the Radical Tourists’ Course Syllabus for your independent study course, your on-site instructor (Project Leader) will provide grading and assessment for your journal, group discussions, and participation on the project. A completed grade report form/evaluation will be sent by Radical Tourists directly to your professor. Your professor is responsible for grading your term paper (if applicable) and assigning your final grade.

 

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON WHAT I CAN DO ON MY RADICAL TOURISTS’ PROGRAM AS PART OF AN INDEPENDENT STUDY OR INTERNSHIP?

Yes. Radical Tourists’ participants earning independent study have countless opportunities to learn about the local environmental and social issues, however, we recommend that your course of study is based on your observations during the program as well as relevant literature. Participants will not be permitted to conduct applied, manipulative or experimental research on humans or animals. Please contact us at academiccredit@radicaltourists.com if you have any questions about your individual course of study.

 

IF I AM NOT FOLLOWING A RADICAL TOURISTS’ COURSE SYLLABUS, CAN I STILL GET AN EVALUATION FROM MY RADICAL TOURISTS’ PROJECT LEADER?

Yes, you can. Contact us at academiccredit@radicaltourists.com for an evaluation from your Project Leader for your own course of study. Let us know what your requirements are to be evaluated and whether you have a specific form to be completed. Please note that there is a $25.00 USD fee payable to Radical Tourists for this service.

 

WHAT IF I NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE FROM RADICAL TOURISTS IN ARRANGING MY INDEPENDENT STUDY?

Please email us at academiccredit@radicaltourists.com. We are happy to assist you and look forward to you traveling and volunteering with Radical Tourists!