|GPA:||2.30||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Year in School:||May apply as freshman; must have at least soph. standing by program begin||Academic Pre-requisites:||One semester university-level Spanish|
|Coordinator:||Shanti Freitas||Experiential Education:||Internship, Volunteer/Service Learning|
|This program is a Faculty-Led Immersion, coordinated by Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator in Academic Affairs. Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-836-6037, and submit all application materials to Schofield 208. It is listed on the Center for International Education website to assist students in exploring all international opportunities.|
This program will engage you in the lives of some of these women. Talking with them about their societal roles and taking field trips to see different ways that women live will help you understand feminism in the context of a developing country and to become a more engaged citizen in the world community.
Furthermore, the growing number of Spanish speakers in the United States has increased the need for individuals who have an understanding of Latin American culture. This program will help you gain the cultural skills necessary to communicate with Spanish speakers in the U.S.
Academic field trips will introduce you to a few of the many faces of Nicaragua. These trips include visits to places such as women’s cooperatives, women's centers, and health care centers. You will also have the opportunity to engage in discussion with university students, rural women, and indigenous women. Last but not least, you will visit the colonial city of Leon, the Masaya volcano, and Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.
This program will be led by UWEC faculty members Dr. Analisa DeGrave (Languages) and Professor Meghan Mehlos Licon (Languages). To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Women in Nicaragua
Below you will find more information on an estimated program cost for Winterim 2016: Nicaragua Winterim16.pdf
*This faculty-led program receives funding from the Blugold Commitment Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) program. The goals of the Blugold Commitment are to extend access and affordability to these exceptional high-impact practices for all UW-Eau Claire undergraduates, to ensure that more of these opportunities are available for these students, and to increase the numbers of students who participate. Therefore, while UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in multiple high-impact immersion programs, each student is eligible to receive BCDT funding for only one FLIIE experience.
To encourage immersion into the Nicaraguan culture, all students live with Spanish-speaking families. Our partners in Nicaragua arrange accommodations with carefully selected host families.
Want to see pictures? Click here! And read an article about the Nicaragua program.
"My study abroad experience was such a whirl wind experience. I learned so much about myself and Nicaragua in my time abroad. By being a part of this program I was forced to think critically and be exposed to an entirely different way of living. It was a challenging and very rewarding experience that I will carry with me forever." -Breanna Bryant, summer 2015
"Che Guevara once said that a true revolutionary is guided first and foremost by a great feeling of love. Living with Nicaraguan people and experiencing Nicaragua intimately instilled a great sense of love in me for the region and its inhabitants. Because of this, I think it's safe to say that my experience abroad was, first and foremost, revolutionary." -Emilio Taiveaho, summer 2015
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