|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|
|Experiential Education:||Internship, Volunteer/Service Learning|
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, a flower farm, 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. Rose-Marie Avin (Economics) and Professor Meghan Mehlos (Foreign 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 summer 2015: Nicaragua Summer15.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. Any student who has participated in a previous FLIIE experience is not eligible to receive funding through BCDT for a second 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.
“Thinking about Nicaragua and my experience there makes me feel like I can make a difference, one person at a time. I constantly think about 'what if I never went?' and it scares me. I would be such a different person than who I am today. One of my friends asked me 'What has changed since you have been back?' I told her, 'Well, nothing here. Nothing with you guys. Everything has stayed the same. However, what has changed with me? Everything.' It made me realize just how much I have changed because everything had stayed the same here and yet I was off growing as a person. I hope that these revelations continue to happen to me, because they are the moments that really make me smile and feel empowered” (Student from summer 2011 program).
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.
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