In January 2020 the Global STEWARDS program will offer an interdisciplinary Winter Amp trip to Israel and the West Bank. Tentatively, the trip will include visits to our partner sites at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, as well as to Project CONSERVE study sites in the West Bank, to learn about FEW nexus issues in these areas. Trip participants will learn from our Israeli partners who are world leaders in sustainable, energy-efficient water reuse for food production, and from local off-grid communities in the development of low or no energy water reuse systems for food crop irrigation. The Winter Amp experience will also offer an opportunity to broaden cultural and world perspectives, and to improve communication skills through teaching and outreach. All expenses for trip participants will be covered by the Global STEWARDS program.
Students from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and School of Social Work will also travel with our group to Israel and the West Bank, thereby fostering a truly interdisciplinary experience. All students will be asked to provide their input around the design of the trip as details are fleshed out in the fall, providing opportunities to tailor the trip around your research interests.
1) During the trip all participants are expected to represent the UMD Global STEWARDS program as professionals involved in research at the FEW nexus. Participants will also be required to post at least one blog post to the Global STEWARDS website about the trip while in Israel.
2) Following the trip, all participants will be expected to do the following:
(i.) Complete a survey about their experiences.
(ii.) Present a joint seminar of their experiences at a Global STEWARDS seminar in spring 2020.
(iii.) Collaborate in writing a 2-3 page summary of their experiences.