Pakistan: May – June 2014
Through seeing the real Pakistan, participants in this cross-cultural will realize how blinded they have been to the realities of this country so rich in heritage, so vibrant in culture, and yet so troubled by internal ethnic, socio-economic, political, and religious differences and conflict with India. Participants will be confronted with the complexity of Pakistan in life-changing ways through encounters with civic and human rights leaders, educators, college students, Christian and Muslim religious leaders, simple village folk, and slum dwellers. They will see real Pakistani people in their own setting for the first time, and they will understand more deeply.
More US money and attention are being focused on Pakistan today than any other center of conflict in the world. In the minds of many Americans, Pakistan is considered a dangerous entity, if not an enemy. But even when the conflict eventually subsides, the negative stereotyping of Pakistan will live on in the minds of Americans. EMU students who have experienced the real Pakistan will be able to counter that negativity.
The program will be centered in the colorful, historic, cultural center, Lahore, home to Forman Christian College, and in the Northern Areas, which features the densest concentration of mountain peaks over 5 miles in height anywhere in the world.
Estimated Cost: $6,375 (subject to change)
Seminar Leader: Mike Medley, Language & Literature and Asher John
CCSSC 201 Cross-cultural Social Science 3 SH
CCLNG 135 Elementary Urdu 3 SH
Dress Code: The culture of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is conservative, though large urban centers show a wide diversity of styles—conservative to liberal. Both male and female participants are expected to dress modestly in public at all times. Short sleeves are acceptable; short pants and tight-fitting clothing are not acceptable at all. Women will be expected to wear head scarves in public.
- Routine – MMR, DPT series with last booster within 10 years, IPV or OPV, Hep B
- CDC Recommended –
Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)
- Anti-malarial meds. See below:
Areas of Pakistan with malaria risk: All areas (including all cities) <2,500 m (<8,202 ft).
Estimated relative risk of malaria for US travelers: Moderate.
Drug resistancec: Chloroquine. Recommended chemoprophylaxis: Atovaquone-proguanil, doxycycline, or mefloquine.
Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at the EMU Health Center by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.