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  • Locations: Cavite, Philippines
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UVA applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

The international Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) is one of the world’s leaders in participatory rural development instruction and practice. UVA students will work closely with IIRR’s Filipino staff to learn how a non-governmental organization conceives of and tackles rural development challenges. They will learn with IIRR staff at IIRR’s campus first, then will work with staff and a variety of rural citizens of the Philippines on one of three sectoral areas in high demand at UVA: rural public health, food and nutrition, and disaster prevention and relief. Learning will reference key contextual factors, such as climate change and public policy. In addition, students will get to practice participatory action research methods in meaningful context.
Students who have worked with IIRR in the past have found the mentorship to be consistently excellent, the projects complex and meaningful, and the space to negotiate their terms of learning and work significant. UVA students will get an excellent introduction to the world of nongovernmental and research-related development work for the entire region.

Location IconLocation

The program will take place mostly in Cavite, Philippines and surrounding IIRR project sites, including sites in Quezon Province.


Courses IconCourse

This 3-credit GDS 3559 course is designed for 2nd and 3rd year students who are interested in Global Studies, Development Economics, Rural and Development Sociology, Anthropology of Development, Medical Anthropology, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, and students in the Batten School.

Faculty IconFaculty 

Professor David Edmunds |
Professor Edmunds is the director of the Global Development Studies track. He is interested in environmental issues as they intersect with culture, social relations, politics, and community development.

Accommodation and MealsAccommodation and Meals

Students will stay in double occupancy dormitory-style lodgings in Cavite and Quezon. Students will eat most meals with the group and the cost is included in the program fee.

Cost & Financial Aid

The program cost and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Please check back soon for the Summer 2020 budget. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid. 


Accessibility IconAccessibility

The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.


Passport IconPassport and Visa

All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should consult the immigration websites for each country for visa and entry requirements, and meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.


Health Info IconHealth and Safety Information

All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.


This program is currently not accepting applications.