Good for: Students interested in cultural ecology, sustainability and environmental justice issues or students who want to study Spanish.
The ancient Land of the Incas contains a fascinating blend of vibrant cultures and dramatic landscapes placed in a modern context of political change and cultural identity issues. Through intensive Spanish language courses, numerous service-learning opportunities, rugged travel, wilderness trekking and independent study, Dragons Andes and Amazon semester abroad explore the links between land and people, past and present. Dragons' students will also examine current political trends, social movements and environmental conservation efforts in the mountains and jungles of Bolivia and Peru.
Through guided study and hands on experiences in the local culture, expect to hone your Spanish skills while discovering the links between vibrant indigenous peoples and the diverse and breathtaking landscapes they inhabit. Dragons' students will come away with a deep understanding of indigenous political trends, important challenges in conservation and development, and a first-hand understanding of day-to-day life in some of the earth's most dramatic locales.
Naropa students may choose to do the program for 12-16 credits
The process of understanding self in relation to others in our globalized world is essential in the 21st century. The purpose of this course is to carefully examine who we are through the experience of living, learning and engaging in the Andes and Amazon region. Through both guided and organic processes, students examine global citizenship, develop effective intercultural and interpersonal communication skills and explore the depths of their internal landscape in relationship to the outside world. From this wellspring of inner knowing, students discover their own authentic leadership capabilities and strengths as a responsible and curious citizen of the globe.
The Independent Study Project (ISP) offers each student the opportunity to conduct in-depth study on a subject of their choice. Students will be matched with two ISP Advisors; a program instructor who has experience and knowledge relevant to the student's ISP topic as well as a member of the local community with whom the student will study or apprentice. An ISP may involve either an academic focus of inquiry, or learning a skill which would require an apprenticeship.
Language proficiency is an essential aspect of the program and daily language classes with an experienced Spanish instructor ensure that students are provided with the language skills needed to engage more deeply with the communities in which they are living and learning. With emphasis placed on conversational Spanish and practical language skills, the language lessons also include reading and writing skills, grammar and vocabulary development as well as market visits and other experiential activities. Besides formal instruction, students will develop practical skills and first-hand experience through participation in multiple extended home-stays totaling six weeks. Students enrolled in this course take an initial oral and written exam for placement into Levels 1, 2, or 3. Students are tested regularly and a written and oral exam is required at mid-course and at the conclusion of the course.
Dates for Fall Semester: Sept 15 – Dec 6 (Coursework begins a month before departure and is done at home.)
Dates for Spring Semester: Feb 12 – May 1 (Coursework begins a month before departure and is done at home.)
|Room & Board:||$3,545|
*Tuition includes 12-16 credit hours plus in-country travel and excursions.
Additionally, you will be responsible for:
|Travel insurance:||Approximately $465|
|Books & supplies:||Approximately $125|
If a student chooses a Naropa Sponsored (Dragons) or Affiliated (SIT) programs, he/she may apply for one of Dragons', or SIT scholarships. In addition to those funds, students may apply for one or more of the other general/regional scholarships for Study Abroad.