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EMU: Our World Fellows Program: Leadership
Bridgetown, Barbados (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer
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Language of Instruction: English
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Field of Study: All Majors
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Our World Fellows Program: Leadership

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Course(s): LEAD 379
Credits: Three (3)
Eligibility: Open to all EMU students in good academic standing and guest students. Must be at least 18 years old at the time of travel.

Program Overview
The Our World Fellows Program: Leadership is a summer program administered by Atlantic Impact for students at Eastern Michigan University. This is an extraordinary opportunity for EMU students to lead, inspire, and transform the lives of Detroit High School students from at-risk schools and communities. Each year, Atlantic Impact runs global travel experiences for students in low income urban high schools. To enhance the students’ experiences, we pair each youth with an EMU student mentor, creating a once in a lifetime experience for each pair.
In additional to having an incredible immersion in the culture, history, and life of Barbados, EMU students will also be provided training and gain leadership experience by learning how to effectively work with and improve life outcomes for students from low income communities. This is a great opportunity for any student interested in education, social work, social entrepreneurship, or public and nonprofit administration.

Program Highlights
  • Experience Leadership training through this youth mentorship program, and LEAD course content.
  • Travel to the countryside with the Barbados Tourism Authority and Historical Society.
  • Meet with young entrepreneurs in Barbados from the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Youth.
  • Examine the rich history, vibrant culture, local cuisine, and stunning views of Barbados.
On-Campus Class Meetings, Orientation and Leadership Training
This program will have mandatory class meetings, orientation and leadership training prior to departure and one class session upon returning. One session will be devoted to meeting and working with the High School students prior to departure. Meeting dates and location will be determined and announced to students accepted into the program.

Emily Boerman, M.S.W. is an Eastern Michigan University Doctoral Fellow with nearly ten years of experience working in higher education, most of that time working in international education. 

Atlantic Impact Coordinator
Anise Hayes is the coordinator for the Atlantic Impact-EMU Our World Fellows Program.

Organization Information  
Atlantic Impact is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that partners with high-poverty high schools to provide local and global travel opportunities for students. Our organization believes that it is possible to transform educational outcomes for low income and at-risk students through travel and exposure programs. Schools that make educational trips part of their academic offerings produce students with better grades, higher graduation rates from high school and college, and more positive perceptions of their potential. Unfortunately, over 50% of schools have cut back on educational field trips due to a lack of funds. Atlantic Impact partners high need schools to close this gap. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid and many EMU scholarships may be applied to the tuition and fees for this approved program. The application deadline for summer aid is February 15. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information on how to use your financial aid and scholarships to help cover the costs of studying abroad. Find information on national and EMU scholarships specifically for students that wish to study abroad at

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Summer 2020 02/01/2020 02/02/2020 07/07/2020 07/15/2020
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