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Meftah Foundation of Naples Establishes Internship Program, Ethnographic Field School in Honduras
4/22/2004

FORT MYERS, FL - The Meftah Scholarship Foundation of Naples announces a $60,000 gift to Florida Gulf Coast University to fund the Meftah International Internship Program for FGCU students to learn, work and travel abroad. The internship program gives students hands-on learning which brings classroom work to life and gives them the opportunity to better understand another culture. The six-week summer program provides between six and nine credit hours of course taught by FGCU faculty.

For the first three years, FGCU will operate an FGCU ethnographic field school in Roatan, Honduras. Roatan Island is 49 square miles. It is the largest and most developed of the three main Bay Islands off the north coast of Honduras in the Western Caribbean Sea. Roatan has three centuries of interaction between England, Spain and the Americas. This year, 10 students who are majoring in anthropology, English, environmental studies and Spanish will participate in the Meftah International Internship Program. The students will collect information on gardening practices in the Bay Islands and share these practices with the Naples Botanical Garden, among other organizations.

According to the Library of Congress, "an ethnographic field collection is a multi-format, unpublished group of materials gathered and organized by a cultural researcher to document human life and traditions. Although each item in an ethnographic field collection may have individual value, it gains added significance when viewed in the context of the other materials gathered by the collector in interaction with the people and activities being documented."

"Traveling abroad to learn and work is a life-changing experience and we are very excited by the many educational possibilities for our students and by the partnership possibilities for the University," director of Advancement Judie Cassidy said.

For more information on supporting international internships for FGCU students, contact Cassidy at (239) 590-1058.

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