The Agribusiness Department at South Central College offers a number of opportunities for student to travel and study in a foreign country. We encourage students to take advantage of opportunities to see and learn about a different culture and country.
Global Outreach (http://www.globaloutreach.net/) and the Center of Global Education in Agriculture are two organizations located on the campus of South Central College. These organizations offer assistance and opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and experiences of different parts of the world.
Students and staff have traveled to Denmark, Guatemala, Brazil and India.
In each of the past 4 years students at South Central College have had the opportunity to travel to San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala. The trip takes place between the fall and spring semesters.
This has been a great opportunity for students as they experience the culture, life style, food of a developing country. The town of San Lucas Toliman is located 2.5 hours west of the capital city of Guatemala City. A town is located on beautiful Lake Atitlan.
Day trips to the cities of Antigua, Chichicastenango and the Tikal National Park are available.
While in Guatemala, students work on various service projects which may include: house construction, harvesting of coffee, reforestation project, processing coffee and gardening.
South Central College Agribusiness students traveled to Brazil, South American in March 2005. These students were enrolled in a course entitled “International Field Study Seminar.” The ten day trip’s first stop was to San Paulo, Brazil the 2nd largest city in the world with a population over 10,000,000. From that starting point, most of the trip was spent in the rural areas of Brazil, learning about Brazilian Agriculture.
Students had the opportunity to see and visit various types of production and processing operations. The types of production farms visited included: soybeans, cotton, corn, hogs, beef cattle, dairy cattle, sugar cane, coffee and cassava.
Processing facilities toured included: Seed corn production (Pioneer), High Fructose Corn Syrup (Cargill), and milk/cheese.
Students also toured Iguassu Falls, one of the largest water falls in the world and Itaipu Dam, which generates 75 billion Kilowatts of electricity per year.
Blog of the Brazilian trip can be found at the following link, as well as information about other agricultural seminars: