Work and Play in Nicaragua!
2013 J-Term Service Trip
Take a 2- or 4-credit course during the second 7 weeks of the Fall 2012 semester to accompany this trip (see below) or just travel with us to Nicaragua. We will work with the service organization Outreach 360 for the fifth year in a row to teach English to children in Jinotega – “The City of Mists”, and participate in cultural activities (pottery cooperative visit, coffee tasting, lunch at an eco resort and mountain rain forest, hike up a small mountain for spectacular views, etc.)
CRN 564 ED 2990 Introduction to Working with English Language Learners; Second 7 weeks (October 24 through December 12)
2-4 credits 1830-2000 W CEI 120
This course explores working with English Language Learners in integrated classroom settings. We begin by reflecting on and writing about our own experiences with language learning and then compare those experiences with the research on teaching ELL. Throughout the course we will read from the literature on ELL curriculum and teaching, and hear from at least two speakers who work in diverse ELL settings. Students will keep a journal of reflections on their learning and design theme-based lesson plans for teaching ELLS during our field work in Nicaragua. Finally, we will travel to Jinotega and put the theories we’ve been learning into practice as we teach English to children ages 5-14 in community centers and public schools in Jinotega.
Information for Nicaragua Travelers
1. This is an affordable international trip offered by NEC. ($700 air fare, $600 lodging, ground transportation, and cultural events: You will need $30 or less for spending money in country.)
2. The cost of the trip will be between $1,300 - $1,500, depending on when we are able to buy our air tickets (mid-October at the latest).
3. NEC students will submit their air fare via a New England College PayPal account.
4. This is a very safe and well-organized trip. Outreach 360 has been in operation since 1994, so the staff understands how to make travel safe and highly enjoyable. Visit http://www.outreach360.org to learn more.
5. Be sure to thoroughly review the Volunteer Guide for detailed information about traveling to Nicaragua.
6. Several fundraisers will be held this semester to help students with a small portion of the Outreach program fee ($600 for those who pay program fees by December 1st and go in a group of 10 or more; $800 if you pay last minute and we have only a few students.)
For more information, please contact Susan Redditt, Assistant Professor of Education and Co-Director of Engaged Learning, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-428-2237.