Why study youth in Nicaragua?
Studying in Nicaragua will provide opportunities to examine the country’s youth cultures, advocacy, social change, and expression. The Literacy Campaign of 1980 dramatically increased literacy rates throughout Nicaragua and since then, the country has seen an expanded awareness of rights and demands for information—particularly by youth. You’ll explore these themes as you engage with former Sandinista leaders, architects of Nicaragua’s autonomous feminist movement, and politically active youth, participate in digital literacy workshops, and work with local radio stations.
You will have the opportunity compare social movements and youth culture in Cuba during a 10-day excursion and spend time with indigenous and Afro-Nicaraguan communities on the Caribbean Coast. The program includes homestays in Managua, rural Nicaragua, and Cuba, which will help deepen your understanding of each community’s lifestyle, culture, and the challenges they face.
You’ll also expand your expressive capacity in Spanish through nontraditional language class utilizing a range of academic, literary, artistic, and media activities.
- Meet Nicaraguan and Cuban youth active in politics, arts, literature, and media.
- Participate in digital literacy workshops with community members.
- Learn from Nicaraguan and Cuban academic, professional, and community experts.
- Visit Cuba and indigenous and Afro-Nicaraguan communities on the Caribbean Coast.
Three recent semesters of college-level Spanish or equivalent and the ability to follow coursework in Spanish, as assessed by SIT.