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Destinations! Nicaragua

International Service Learning
SPRING BREAK - March  25-31, 2013


The Program: The primary emphasis is to provide an avenue for students seeking international involvement where they can incorporate experience and education; this brings a fresh perspective to the secondary emphasis of volunteering and learning how to identify opportunity by taking action in one’s community.   Throughout a diverse and well planned itinerary, students will experience the full spectrum of life in Nicaragua, learning about families, the economy, the language, the educational system, the environment, health, and how people can rise above their circumstances, and rise even farther when each of us lends a hand.  Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas (W/NP) is a progressive and viable humanitarian service organization actively implementing and administering programs in Wisconsin and Nicaragua.  There will be time in schools, homes, markets, tours, and restaurants that will round out participant’s full exposure to communities and its resiliency in this beautiful Central American country.

Making a Difference!!!  The Wisconsin Nicaragua Partnership (WN/P), with offices right here in Stevens Point, has a 45 year history making a difference in Nicaraguans lives.  W/NP is one of the largest volunteer organizations in the western hemisphere and offers unique travel and project involvement opportunities within 5 main areas of focus: Agriculture/Natural Resources, Cultural Diversity, Health, Women & Families and Humanitarian Assistance.  People from all walks of life are involved at various capacities depending on their personal interests.  Regular shipments of fire engines, ambulances, sports equipment, wood shop tools, sewing machines, books, and more are sent to assist the resilient people of this beautiful, yet impoverished country. We will provide hands on service learning for those wanting to make a difference right now by working side by side with the Nicaraguan communities. 

Purpose: To become intimately acquainted with the culture of the Hispanic population, the fastest growing segment of our nation. To explore the connections between people, environment and community.  To experience living close to the land, the city and the people. To relate service learning to personal development and community understanding. 

Application Deadline:  Request an application form from UWSP International Programs or from Amy Wiza (Nelson 129) directly. Return the form to UWSP International Programs with a $250 (non-refundable) deposit. Enrollment is limited: late applications can be considered only if there is room.  Go to the Applications page to find out how to get an application.


Tentative Itinerary

Depart campus on Saturday, March 23 by Lamers coach bound for our flight from Chicago to Las Mercedes.  The first day opens with a breathtaking view of the active Masaya Volcano and learning the lay of the land in Nicaragua.  We will travel to Managua, visiting Cheptita’s Learning Center in Cedro Galan, stop at the headquarters of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners then onto explore the Islands of Granada in the afternoon.   After a morning market visit, we’ll travel to Buenos Aires to Mayra’s Learning Center, staying with families and work with the community.   From there we move south to San Juan del Sur, topping off the week by enjoying the natural environment of the beautiful Playa el Coco Beach.  Our flight back to the U.S. is March 31.  Any of this may change due to weather, air schedule changes and new opportunities from the Partners. Coursework will begin before the spring break and continue after the study tour.


This seminar is open to all majors and minors, not just International Studies or Health Promotion and Human Development students, as well as to those from any discipline who share an interest in their world.  For continuing UWSP students a minimum GPA of 2.25 is required. Priority is given to regularly registered UWSP students, but students from other universities and community members are welcome to apply.  All participants will be registered in a college course, for credit or audit at the same cost, and will be expected to participate in the program at an intellectual level. Application forms are available from the International Programs Office or can be downloaded from the International Programs website.


Approximately $3095-3495 for approximately one week in Nicaragua, plus two full day state side excursions, based on 15 fully-paying participants (first come-first-serve basis). This cost includes round-trip airfare (Chicago-Managua-Chicago), room, and in country transportation with meals included, 3-credits of UWSP Wisconsin resident undergraduate tuition, UW-System mandated health insurance, tours and lectures. (Graduate tuition at an extra cost – please see instructor for course numbers.)

There is no additional out-of-state surcharge for non-Wisconsin residents for this program, unless you exceed an 18-credit course enrollment for the Spring 2013 semester.


All students will initially register for INTL 310: International Service Learning. 
HPHD students may, after completion of the program, discuss with their academic advisor whether, and how, the course might count towards major requirements or GDRs.  Historically, students have been given credit for the EL courses HD 381 or FN 357.  Dietetics students who enroll for FN 357 credits will have additional work to complete in order to ensure that the competencies for the dietetics degree are met by this trip
.  HPHD Students who have already met the EL requirement for their major can earn special work, field work or practicum credits.  Please see your Dr. Wetter, Associate Dean, for approval.

Academic Leader

Amy Wiza, Program Director of Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas (W/NP) and adjunct faculty member with the school of HPHD, has been involved with W/NP and UWSP in various capacities for the past 20 years.  Her commitment with both institutions offers an avenue for faculty and students to engage in meaningful and evidence-based community development programs both on a local and international level.

Amy Wiza
(715) 346-4702


Up to ten weeks before the start of the program, all fees except the initial deposit of $250 may be refunded for withdrawal. After that time, airline and housing cancellation charges may be assessed. If the program must be canceled, all fees will be refunded. Because exchange rates and airline prices fluctuate, UWSP International Programs reserves the right to cancel, surcharge, or alter the program.

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