University of Northern Iowa: Managua - UNI Socio-Economic Reality Capstone in Nicaragua

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This experiential course explores the socio-economic realities of Central America, integrating into that exploration the concepts learned and skills gained through the Liberal Arts Core. The course requires that students study the impact of cultur... read more

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I was able to meet new kinds of people and engage on a new level with students not within my same major. In school it easy to get used to spending time with people in my classes but this trip allowed me to get closer to the people I traveled with. I enjoyed meeting new people and experiencing a new culture. Now being back on cam... - University of Northern Iowa View Entire Review
I learned that those in the U.S. could live much more simply and still be very happy. I also was able to experience the closeness of families. I also learned that the people can be helped the best if they are given the opportunity of education so that they can create positive change themselves. - University of Northern Iowa View Entire Review
I learned so much. I am a more open person and have a different view on life. This trip was the best thing I could have ever done. - University of Northern Iowa View Entire Review
A simple answer may be to say that one appreciates what they have much more after visiting a country like Nicaragua. However, the real lesson and experience to be taken does not come from the conditions or surroundings but from the people and their way of life. You will realize after your travels that very little is required to ... - University of Northern Iowa View Entire Review
I definitely learned how happiness is not determined by the materialistic items one has but by the relationships they build instead. I also learned how valuable to go out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in another culture being optimistic and flexible at all times. - University of Northern Iowa View Entire Review
I learned that despite the technological and economic differences between the U.S. and Nicaragua, both peoples strive for personal happiness in the same ways and for the same reasons, and that a more developed and technologic society doesn't necessarily correlate to more "happiness". - University of Northern Iowa View Entire Review
It inspired me to start my business. - University of Northern Iowa View Entire Review
I am more likely to travel in my future and have realized how important it is to be able to communicate with other cultures effectively. - University of Northern Iowa View Entire Review

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This experiential course explores the socio-economic realities of Central America, integrating into that exploration the concepts learned and skills gained through the Liberal Arts Core. The course requires that students study the impact of culture on the working environment, gain an understanding of the social and economic condition of a particular country in Central America, and explore how culture might impact that country’s economic status in the global economy. The experiential component requires that students live and work with citizens of the country, gaining a more personal view of the culture and sensitivity to the social-economic realities of the community.

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Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
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