Week 7: Trip Planning and Preparations

Lab 7: Trip Preparation

This class period is devoted to final preparations for the spring break trips to Nicaragua and El Salvador.

It includes a class discussion about various challenging situations that might arise on a field trip, for instance:

  • As a token of gratitude, or as a cultural exchange, you’re offered food or drinks, and you are concerned about food safety.
  • A community partner asks you for money or gifts.
  • A community member proposes a project idea that seems utterly ludicrous to you (e.g. bike powered lighting).
  • A community member proposes a project idea has no relation to D-Lab Energy (water quality testing).
  • A community member in an area known to have a high AIDS prevalence needs help dressing a wound.
  • You’re asked to do something you are uncomfortable with: for instance, ride in the back of a pick-up truck, shower when there’s no privacy…
  • Because of conditions (e.g. heat, bugs, food & water issues), you feel sick, exhausted, homesick, and just don’t want to deal.
  • Your host family won’t let you help them with any chores, and you feel uncomfortable.
  • The charcoal burn goes terribly, the charcoal comes out barely carbonized, and community members seem very unimpressed.
  • Your host family offers you meals that are way too big to finish. You don’t want to waste the food but you don’t want to eat that much either.

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Learning Resource Types

assignment Problem Sets
group_work Projects with Examples
theaters Lecture Videos
theaters Demonstration Videos
assignment Activity Assignments
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