Do you want to make a positive difference in the world through virtual volunteering? Would you like to connect with other cultures and help build stronger communities and improve your cross cultural awareness, communication and leadership skills? Our exciting new courses created in partnership with United Planet are just for you!
These courses are offered online only, in collaboration with University of California Los Angeles Extension (UCLA).
36 Hour Options ($295)
Global Citizen Service Learning: Environmental Awareness & Advocacy in Costa Rica - 36 Hours ($295)
36 hours (equivalent of 3 credits); Course will become available on October 9th, 2020 at 5pm PST
Virtual Volunteering Project Focus: You will work with an environmental reserve in Costa Rica, to help educate people about the reserve and its importance in the local community.
You will be working with an environmental reserve in Costa Rica, that supplies the local communities and their surroundings with a nature preserve, and a necessary source of income from ecotourism. The reserve includes populations of various animals that have been endangered, such as the tapir, jaguar, and quetzal, which have been revived thanks to the efforts of the reserve. You will be learning about the reserve’s goals and mission, and the challenges facing the reserve and conservation in general. You will help create marketing, promotional and workshop material for the reserve, so that they can reach a wider audience and bring in more financial support to the region. You have the exciting opportunity to help this reserve and support the surrounding communities by increasing awareness and educating others.
This course is approximately 6 weeks in length, including all pre and post assignments. You will be expected to join a one hour long weekly Zoom meeting with your organization and project group. You will have one assignment per week (approximately 5 hours in length) that will be due before the zoom meeting, and a final project due at the end of the course. You will also complete a self-paced Global Citizenship Leadership training as part of this course. After completing all course work, APW will provide you a completion letter from UCLA for the 36 educational hours, and United Planet will also provide a bonus certificate for participating in their Global Citizenship Leadership training. This class is a total of 36 hours (equivalent to 3 credits). You will need access to a smart device to participate in the live meetings and submit your work. Cameras must be on at all times during virtual meetings and internet connection must be stable.
*Weekly live meetings will be held via Zoom on Thursdays (October 15th, October 22nd, October 29th, November 5th) at 5 pm PST / 8 pm EST from Costa Rica.
If you have a conflict with one or more of the live session dates/times, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss possible alternatives
Online Courses Cancellation (All courses EXCEPT the "Discover U.S. Virtual Weekend"): Refunds for online courses can be requested, minus a $50 administrative fee, up to one week after registering. If you need to cancel 1-3 weeks after registering, we can provide you with a voucher minus a $25 switch fee to use for a future course within the next six months. This voucher is transferable to another au pair if you are unable to use it. Students will not receive Completion Letters for partial hours.
Discover the U.S. Virtual Weekend Cancellation: Refunds for the Discover the U.S. Virtual Weekend courses can be requested, minus a $50 administrative fee, up to 48 hours before the class start date. If you would like to switch courses, we can provide you with a voucher, minus a $25 switch fee, up to 48 hours before the class start date. This voucher can be used for any future APW course within a 6 month period. This voucher is transferable to your host family or another au pair if you are unable to use it. Students will not receive Completion Letters for partial hours.
Please note when registering for two courses: If you register for two 36 hour courses at our discounted pricing of $500, and one class is later canceled, the discounted course price of $205 is what will be eligible for a refund regardless of which course is being cancelled. Students are not eligible to later add a second course at the discounted price of $205. Students must register for both courses at the same time and they must keep both courses in order to receive the discounted rate of $500 for two online course offerings.