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Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness
The Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness is a labyrinth of intricate canyons and pine-topped plateaus just over a two hour drive from Phoenix. The landscape feels as though it is from another world and the dark night skies reveal a universe full of stars. The famed scenery draws tourists from all around. With a dry climate and generally moderate temperatures, the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness is a backpacker's dream. We will trek off into that wilderness on a journey away from modern distractions in search of peace, solitude, and a better understanding of our planet, all planets, and the universe.
Maps of Possible Hiking Routes (subject to change)
CoursesStudents will enroll in the following course during the Spring registration period for a total of three credits:
*Please note that this course counts towards your Spring semester load. If registering for this course will put you in a course-overload situation, you will need to speak with your academic advisor for an override.
Course FormatStudents will enroll in the C Session course during Spring 2020 for three credits. As part of the course, students will participate on this program during Spring Break (March 7 - March 13). Students will then complete the course during the second half of the semester. The list below details what will be covered during the course. Please note that a poll will be taken to select class dates that are best for all participants:
Parke Loyd, PhD
Students will sleep in tents in unimproved sites (i.e. whatever areas on the ground that we can find that are relatively flat). Sharing of tents in pairs or trios might be permitted if the students wish to make such arrangements ahead of time and the instructors receive the written consent of each student to that effect. However, we will encourage single-person tents, especially for students who feel they are introverted. Sleeping outside of a tent is also an option, but students will be required to have a tent available in case of rain.
Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.
During the backpacking portion of this program, students must traverse rough, unimproved trails. At times, these could present particular difficulties such as rocks, steep grades, and narrow passages. Students might need to traverse up to or exceeding 10 miles a day on such trails, though 6 miles is the anticipated daily average. In addition, the group might ascend several thousand vertical feet in a day.
Disability Accommodations Abroad
Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States.
LGBTQIA Students Abroad
Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.
Gender Identity Abroad
When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity.
Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad
Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.
The Program Fee for Spring Break 2020 is $650.
Program Fee includes: Transportation, daily meals, and ASU faculty support. Not included: Tuition for the 3-credit course, camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc., full list of required gear here), personal expenses, and miscellaneous items. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.
Funding Your ProgramParticipating in a Domestic Global Learning (DGL) program is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.
Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Office Program
Unique Opportunities for Funding
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