This summer there is an exciting opportunity for students to engage a local community abroad and gain hands-on field experience through service learning – The UW Colaboracion Ambiental: Ecological Restoration, Climate Change and Water Stewardship in Nicaragua program. This program fulfills the field experience requirement for the Undergraduate Certificate in Global Health.
Application Deadline: February 23
Apply here: studyabroad.wisc.edu/NicaraguaEcology
Duration: 10 days in late May, 2018
1) What about the 2018 summer program excites you the most? Working with our partners and continue the great work with UW-Madison students and students participating in the GHI certificate.
2) What student interests would this program appeal to? It appeals to all students interested in learning about the challenges and rewards of learning about another culture and meeting its representatives on equal footing. It’s a great program with partners who are interested in working with us and learning from us and are open to teaching us about the challenges and rewards of their work.
3) How did the program start? The program was developed through The Earth Partnership. In 2014, five school teams in Granada, Nicaragua and a rural school in Nandasmo received Earth Partnership training in school ground ecological restoration with an emphasis on watershed health. Community partners included the Nicaraguan Ministry of Education, the Municipal Botanic Garden of Granada, Rubi Nicaragua (Nicaragua Summer Exchange), and the Castillo-Lopez Farm in Pio XII. The UW-Madison International Internship Program hosted a Global Health Institute student to continue in Nicaragua for 10 weeks to provide follow-up support to participating schools in Granada. Five follow-up stewardship projects resulted.
In 2015, the Earth Partnership planned and implemented a service learning field course in Nicaragua through grants from the UW-Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service and the Global Health Institute. Twelve students attended the program that spring. We successfully brought together ten Nicaraguan organizations and agencies as well as eight schools to begin to create a national environmental education network and three rain garden projects. The program also involved ecological restoration projects at schools in Granada and the University of Leon Botanical Garden in 2016.
For more information on the UW Colaboracion Ambiental program, visit: studyabroad.wisc.edu/NicaraguaEcology