Nicaragua: Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media
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Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
The program includes both short site visits, typically around Managua, and longer excursions, including an excursion to Cuba.
Short site visits:
- The program incorporates visits to points of interest and interactions with NGOs in Managua. Sites may include the National Palace, Peace Park, the Workers’ Plaza, and the birthplace of Carlos Fonseca, founder of FSLN. Students also visit several NGOs and organizations concerned with rights, including, the Centro Nicaragüense de Derechos Humanos, the Red de Migrantes, or the Red de Mujeres Contra la Violencia. A visit to La Corriente, an NGO that focuses on issues involving youth and sexuality, offers students another chance to engage with the program themes.
- Students also frequently go to radio stations, a key form of expression and communication in Nicaragua. In Managua, they visit the Radio Universitaria and Podcasts for Peace. While in rural areas, they visit sites such as the Radio Palabra de la Mujer in Bocana de Paiwas. Students may help create vignettes and public service spots during these experiences.
- Students visit a rural community in Nicaragua to gain insights into the lives of non-urban Nicaraguan youth. This may include communities of agricultural day laborers and/or cooperatives.
- Later in the semester, students travel to the southern Caribbean coast where they visit indigenous and Afro-Nicaraguan communities. They also visit the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua (URACCAN), which serves Miskito, Afro-Caribbean, and Garífuna students.
- Students also visit the Solentiname arts community, founded in the 1960s by Trappista priest and poet Padre Ernesto Cardenal. This archipelago is located at Lake Nicaragua, in the Rio San Juan region.
- Students take a ten-day excursion to Cuba for a comparative look at youth issues and various types of literacy, including both traditional and modern types of communication. Based in Havana, the academic excursion is coordinated through the Instituto de Literatura y Lingüísticas. Students receive lectures from researchers at the Centro de Investigaciones Psicológicas y Sociológicas (CIPS) and visit groups like the Asociación Hermanos Saíz, an organization of young Cuban writers and artists devoted to opening space for the artistic and literary expression of their intellectual vanguard movement. Other sites visited may include La Ceiba, an Afro-Cuban community on the outskirts of Havana. This excursion provides a particularly compelling comparative case study between Nicaragua and Cuba.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Managua
Language Study: Spanish
Prerequisites: 4 semesters of Spanish. Read more...
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