The Counselor Education Department will offer a Special Topics course (CN 403) that culminates in a trip to Nicaragua! Nicaragua is a country of contrasts, where exquisite natural beauty serves as a backdrop for this nation’s fascinating history. It is the land of lakes and volcanoes, of colonial architecture and modern high-rises, of both rich and poor. Nicaragua is the perfect place to learn and experience the realities of the developing world.
Students participating in this experience will focus on assisting local communities in addressing domestic violence and gender issues. Efforts toward this end have sprung up from a grass roots level, and this group will be working with local community members and leaders to provide training, resources, and to hear the stories of local community members. In collaboration with the New Haven/Leon Sister Cities Project, an itinerary will be developed to specifically address the current needs of local communities related to issues of gender equality.
Specifically, participants will:
Engage in skype conversations with the Sister Cities Nicaragua on-site director;
Develop training materials and identify resources to assist the community in the development of appropriate programs; and
Create an itinerary that allows for meetings with community and political leaders and opportunities to conduct training.
Course Management and Spanish:
Translators will be available. Beginner Spanish speakers are welcome, as well as those with more advanced proficiency.
The Special Topics course will be include a combination of coursework and hands on tasks and training performed in the field. Through the course, students will be introduced to the issue of domestic violence and the current resources available for addressing this issue. This information will be critically examined for its application to the cultural norms, expectations and laws. Subsequently, appropriate and relevant training materials will be developed. The culminating trip will include opportunities to study the issues of domestic violence and gender equality on site as well as conduct training and provide resources to assist local communities in addressing these issues. In addition, opportunities to learn about the history and culture of Nicaragua will be provided.
Faculty: Virginia Kelly, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Education and Allied Professions, Counselor Education Department
A cumulative GPA of 2.8 is required.
Application form, costs, dates and details at www.fairfield.edu/studyabroad
PROGRAM COST INCLUDES:
Airfare is not included.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change the tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.
- Class materials
- Transportation to and from airport in Nicaragua will be provided