Social Change in Central America: Exploring Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement
On this multi-country program, experience the life and culture of the peoples of Guatemala, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Learn with and from grassroots community organizations dedicated to work on issues related to conflict, foreign policy, gender, and economic and social justice. The unique histories and lives of the people not only inspire, but also challenge students to think about their role as agents of change.
- A one-on-one Spanish language course - choose from 12 different classes/levels
- Latin American Liberation Theologies (Religion 336)
- Citizen Participation within a Globalized Economy: A Nicaragua Case Study (Political Science 310)
- Cultural Conflict and Change in Latin America: The Central America Context (History/Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies 355)
In Guatemala, students spend a few days in both Guatemala City and Antigua, but the majority of the program occurs in Quetzaltenango (Xela) where students live with homestay families. Xela is characterized by the Santa María volcano, colonial-era buildings, quiet parks, plazas, open-air markets, and narrow stone-paved streets.
In Costa Rica, students spend a few days at a guesthouse in San José and then spend three weeks with local families in San Francisco de Dos Ríos neighborhood, located about 20 minutes southeast of San José.
After Costa Rica, students travel to Managua, Nicaragua and initially live at the CGEE house. Students are 15 minutes away by taxi to shopping centers, movie theaters, supermarkets, and historical landmarks of the city. Students then move in with homestay families for four weeks in the Batahola neighborhood – 10 minutes from the CGEE house. In the surrounding areas of Managua, students can visit an active volcano, spend time in the arts and crafts market of Masaya (known as the cultural birth place of Nicaraguan artisans), swim in the Lake Apoyo, hike a semi-active volcano, experience a cloud forest, and visit Granada, one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas.
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Christopher Chiappari.
CENTRAL AMERICA (CGE) APPROVED GE CREDITS