Where: Salinas de Nahualapa, Nicaragua
Who: Open to all students
When: June 9 - 16, 2019 (tentative)
The purpose of Teaching Beyond Borders is to create sustainable cross-cultural connections and service-learning opportunities for the institution and the students of Daytona State College (DSC). This project will be part of an annual service-learning in education course offered each Summer term. It is the intention of this program to create recurring service-learning excursions to Nicaragua in which Daytona State College students will implement a project to meet the needs assessed by students the previous year and then conduct a current needs assessment before returning to DSC. Students will then create presentations to communicate to stakeholders and sponsors regarding their experiences and the current needs that should be addressed the following year.
Daytona State College students will benefit by leading and implementing a project to serve the community in which they will be visiting. DSC students will also benefit from the experiences of teaching English and providing other needed services in the local indigenous community of Salinas de Nahulapa, located near the west coast Popoyo region of Nicaragua. Teaching Beyond Borders will be partnering with The Fundación Aprender (Learning Foundation), which is a non-profit organization committed to providing educational opportunities for the youth in rural Nicaragua (http://www.aprendernicaragua.org/whoweare.html).
DSC students will spend the first three weeks of the SAP in the classroom at Daytona State College learning about the needs assessments conducted in the region during the previous year and designing a project to implement in conjunction with The Fundación Aprender staff in order to meet the identified needs. DSC students will be instructed in the basics of how to teach English language learners and develop mini-lessons and activities they can implement in the region. DSC students will also prepare during these introductory weeks by learning basic Spanish language and greetings, cultural norms, general characteristics of the region and inhabitants, and relevant historical factors.
Then students will travel to Nicaragua and spend approximately seven to ten days working with the staff of Fundación Aprender. Once DSC students are in Nicaragua, the majority of their time will be devoted to implementing their projects and interacting with the residents of the local indigenous community of Salinas de Nahualapa. A few structured excursions will also be conducted (as time allows) because it is important for the DSC students to see many diverse aspects of the Nicaraguan culture and extraordinary ecosystem. For instance, students may have an opportunity to go turtle watching, visiting local farms in the area, Mombacho Volcano, Zipline adventures, Colonial City Granada trips, ocean boat trips, and remote beach picnics.
DSC students will then return to the DSC classroom for debriefing and finalizing their
multimedia projects. These multimedia projects will be designed to communicate their
personal experiences and educational growth during the service-learning project and
will be presented to stakeholders, sponsors, and the greater DSC community during
a culminating symposium.
The experience of study abroad travel, in general, always has an effect on students as they are able to broaden their viewpoint by seeing another part of their world. However, being able to contribute and make a difference during those same travels will create a lasting memory that will most likely shape their outlook and positively impact career development.
Costs: Approximately $1,800.00
Included: Round-trip ground and air transportation, 7 days of accommodations, most meals, all guides and interpreters, and travel insurance.
Not included: Tuition; costs of obtaining passports, visas or tourist cards; excess baggage fees; lunch, dinner and gratuities when not at Equilibrio; personal expenses and gratuities.
Course & Credits: EDG2770 - Exploring Global Education Issues in International Contexts (3 Credit Hours).
Dr. Donald May