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Nicaragua in Transition: Health and Microcredit

Free Trade Sewing Collective

Spend spring break in Nicaragua as part of IDST 265, a semester-long, 1 unit course taught every second spring on the Beloit College campus.

When:  March break, 2015

Curriculum:  The week spent in Nicaragua gives students a first-hand look at the concepts they studied in the first half of the course, allows them to gain insights into the lives of Nicaraguans, and provides an opportunity for them to practice ethnographic field research methods. Visits to micro-lending institutions and other NGOs in Managua, women's cooperatives and farms, a major dump that also serves as a work site and neighborhood, help tell the story of the interconnection between health and poverty, but also how individuals and communities can be empowered to improve the quality of their lives.  Opportunities for individual and group reflection help students in the program make sense of their observations and interactions and the questions they raise for the Nicaraguans they have met as well as themselves.

Upon return to the Beloit College campus, the students continue their discussions and studies of poverty and health, and prepare final projects to be shared with a public audience.

Housing:  Program house in Managua; guest houses outside of Managua

Cost:  Approximately $2500.  Includes room and board, RT transportation Beloit-Managua, and a Nicaraguan tourist card and departure fee.  Not included is mandatory health insurance, which will cost roughly $35.Microcredit Nueva Vida Settlement

Eligibility:  There are no prerequisites for the program, although Spanish is an asset, as are prior courses and experiences related to the course topic.  An application is required.

Application deadline:  October 2013

To apply:  Contact Nancy Krusko for application materials.

Credits and grades:  1 unit (includes the on-site portion in Nicaragua).  Graded credit/no credit.

Jubilee Clinic VisitProgram contact/instructor:  Nancy Krusko, Anthropology

Sample Itinerary


Farm Visit