Nicaragua

Community In Action

A 4-Week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
30 Days
Description

Improve your Spanish through daily 2:1 instruction and learn what it takes to be a grassroots activist in some of Central America’s most politically engaged communities.

Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 28, 2017


Suggested Ages

16-18

Number of Participants

12


Availability

closed

Begins In

5 Weeks

Land Cost

$6,360


Estimated Flight Cost

$905

Ocotal

Esteli

Leon

Matagalpa

Managua

Granada

Program Overview

Central America, a narrow strip of steaming jungles and fiery volcanoes, is the earth’s most recent major land formation, and a melting pot of cultural and biological diversity.


At its heart lies Nicaragua, the “land of lakes and volcanoes,” and a hotbed for innovative community response to the rapid changes of globalization. With an emphasis on community based learning-service, intimate home-stays, and exceptional language instruction, our Nicaragua program allows students to learn directly from community activists, famers, and NGOs working for social justice and sustainability. In the picturesque colonial city of Esteli, we deepen our understanding of Spanish language and the burning social issues of Latin America while immersing ourselves in the warm hospitality of Latin Culture through intimate home-stays. On the island of Ometepe, we summit the Concepcion volcano and visit lush coffee and banana plantations that skirt its base. In the highlands of Nicaragua, we settle into the hamlet of El Lagartillo where families invite us into their humble, solar-powered homes to share meals and discuss their visions for a brighter future. Over the course of our two-week…

At its heart lies Nicaragua, the “land of lakes and volcanoes,” and a hotbed for innovative community response to the rapid changes of globalization. With an emphasis on community based learning-service, intimate home-stays, and exceptional language instruction, our Nicaragua program allows students to learn directly from community activists, famers, and NGOs working for social justice and sustainability. In the picturesque colonial city of Esteli, we deepen our understanding of Spanish language and the burning social issues of Latin America while immersing ourselves in the warm hospitality of Latin Culture through intimate home-stays. On the island of Ometepe, we summit the Concepcion volcano and visit lush coffee and banana plantations that skirt its base. In the highlands of Nicaragua, we settle into the hamlet of El Lagartillo where families invite us into their humble, solar-powered homes to share meals and discuss their visions for a brighter future. Over the course of our two-week stay, students dive into independent study projects (ISP), perhaps playing music with the local band, acting with a socially conscious theater troop, or cooking in a giant adobe oven. In the afternoons, we study Spanish with professional teachers before cooling off in thunderous waterfalls.
After heartfelt goodbyes, we travel south for a learning service project with Los Quinchos, an organization that takes children off the streets of Managua. Dragons’ Nicaragua program provides rich cultural immersion that allows students to gain a deep understanding of important social issues facing Latin America while greatly improving their Spanish language and exploring new skills in sustainable development.

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Program Components

1/5
Comparative Religion

The role of the Catholic Church in Latin America, the impact of Evangelicism, and exploration of philosophies emphasizing environmental sustainability and communal well-being.

5/5
Development Studies

Focus on communal models of development and localized management of resources. Farming cooperatives, and socialized models of health-care, education, and well-fare. Examination of Globalization, privatization, and U.S. Latin America relations.

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Land-based social movements and the local response to the globalization of labor, land, and economics.

4/5
Home Stay

Two weeks of homestays split between urban homestay and rural. Community stays in National Park.

3/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Work with local farmers to plant, harvest, milk, and manage animals. Apprentice with a local band, theatre group, and artist guild in mural-painting, or ceramics. Cook out of a giant adobe oven.

4/5
Language Study

Two weeks of formal small group (2-3 student) language study. Four hours per day for five days of formal language study and opportunities for language immersion throughout. Language programs are customized for students.

4/5
Learning Service

Volunteering in El Lagartillo around community-based development and sustainable technology. Farm work on coffee and/or dairy farms and work with Permaculture design. Possible work with "Los Quinchos" project working with children who live off the city dump. Approximately 30 hours of service credit earned.

3/5
Rugged Travel

Chicken buses into remote mountains regions, hiking up volcanoes, boating across Lake Nicaragua.

2/5
Trekking

Three-day hike in the cloud forests of Miraflor conservation area, volcano assent.

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