The role of the Catholic Church in Latin America, the impact of Evangelicism, and exploration of philosophies emphasizing environmental sustainability and communal well-being.
Focus on communal models of development and localized management of resources; examination of globalization, privatization, and U.S. - Latin America relations.
Focus Of Inquiry
Land-based social movements and the local response to the globalization of labor, land, and economics.
Two weeks of homestays split between urban and rural setting. Community stays in national parks.
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.
Two weeks of formal small group (2-3 student) language study for four hours per day and opportunities for language immersion throughout. Language programs are customized for students.
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 20 hours of service credit earned.
Chicken buses into remote mountains regions, hiking up volcanoes, boating across Lake Nicaragua.
Three-day hike in the cloud forests of Miraflor conservation area, volcano assent.