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Students will spend 5 days in Amsterdam and 3 days in Paris for an Alternative Spring Break to study International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs). Participating students will sign up for PLS 499: "International NGOs" in the Winter Quarter 2016. This group will travel to Europe during Spring Break and will sign up for CLS 362 "International Fieldwork" in the Spring Quarter 2016. Honors students will sign up for CLS 362-H. This course will examine the missions of international NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders, MAP International, The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, World Vision, Habitat for Humanity, CARE, and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There will also be a service-learning component to this experience.

Open to all Majors: 22-student limit for Amsterdam/Paris trip. Primarily on a first come first served basis: based on the submission of applications and trip deposit. However, the faculty coordinator will reserve the right to be selective about which students will go on this trip.
There will be four mandatory orientation sessions before the trip (Thursdays: 6:00-7:30 p.m.).

*The Dutch Salvation Army
*Green Peace
*The International Red Cross
*Doctors Without Borders
*CARE International

Site Visits
*The Hague
* NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
*UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
*UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)
*The World Health Organization
*The European Commission
*The African Union

*Eiffel Tower
*The Louvre
*Champs Elysees
*Sacré Cœur
*Boat Cruise on the Seine


Short Documentary of 2011 Trip

Kim Hulscher's Picture
The documentary of the 2009 trip was produced by the
Amsterdam Salvation Army and aired on Dutch TV (not available here).

Student Comments 2011
Visiting Amsterdam was rejuvenating, eye opening and motivating. It was rejuvenating in that it reaffirmed my desire to be a public servant; eye opening in that I was able to observe and experience what progressive policies can accomplish, such as eliminating homelessness; and motivating in that it strengthened my devotion to strive to be an agent of social change.
–Denise Garcia

Student Comments 2009
"My trip to Ghana has changed my views, thoughts, and beliefs.  I feel more tolerant, cultured, and possess a yearning to travel again and soon to interact with the surrounding nations to be able to benefit from others" - Sean Chavez

2009 Group Photo at The Hague

2011 Group Photo at The Hague


Application Deadline for Spring Break 2016 trip:
December 10, 2015

Total Trip Cost: $2,680.00
(includes airfare, lodging, food, tours, insurance)

Interest Sessions: October 11& November 15, 2015
Meeting Location: Building 1, Room 104

For more information contact:
Professor Renford Reese, rrreese@csupomona.edu

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