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Study Abroad and Earn BC High School Credits

Brentwood’s Summer Studies programs are enriching, rewarding and empowering. Students earn credits and have a transformational experience through our blended approach, combining a variety of delivery methods and significant experiential learning. Programs offer students from around the world the opportunity to interact online, and then face to face abroad, in ways that challenge them to think critically about the curriculum and their experiences. The courses are approved by the BC Ministry of Education. Each program is run by qualified teachers who create a supportive environment, offering opportunities for learning in a global context, creating new friendships and developing leaders who will return to their schools and have an impact.

Nicaragua - Summer 2017, July 9 - 30

Experience the beauty of the people and the land in Nicaragua this summer and earn credits toward graduation at the same time. Please contact summerstudies@brentwood.bc.ca for more information. 

Program Description

This summer program allows students to earn credits and have a transformational experience. The program is a blended approach that includes online work prior to and following the Nicaraguan experience and three weeks in-country in July of 2017. Qualified teachers will deliver Social Justice 12 and Leadership and Service 12 in a small northern city and then in a rural setting, on the Pacific coast. Included in the experience will be field trips to volcanoes and the largest estuary in Central America, service work for building projects and in impoverished communities to help with sustainable development work. Students will live in the communities in approved accommodation, eat local food and learn or practice Spanish.

Cost - $6000 (CDN)

Tuition includes all in-country travel and excursions, accommodation and three meals a day. It does not include travel to and from Managua, Nicaragua or accommodation outside of the start and completion dates of the in-country program. Students will be supervised from arrival in country to departure, at a minimum. Travel arrangements will be made through Brentwood College School, in consultation with parents. A portion of tuition fees will also go to support local projects in the two communities.

Staff

Two qualified teachers will deliver the courses and an Activities Coordinator will work with students for daily activity planning.

Support from Brentwood College School staff

Course Descriptions

Senior Social Studies - Social Justice 12

  • various theoretical frameworks, interpretations, and concepts of social justice
  • connections between self-identity and an individual's relationship to others in society
  • connections between social justice issues
  • past and present social injustices in Canada and in the world, their possible causes, and their lasting impact on individuals, groups, and society
  • roles of governmental and non-governmental organizations in issues of social justice and injustice
  • processes, methods, and approaches individuals, groups, and institutions use to promote social justice

Nicaragua is the perfect backdrop for this course. Now the safest country in Central America, Nicaragua carries the history of a rebellion in 1979. Students will visit the museum of the revolution and interact with local people who lived through those times.

Leadership and Service 12

  • Elements of Leadership
  • Knowing your Leadership Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Group Dynamics
  • What is Communication, really?
  • Meeting Do’s and Don’ts
  • Using Feedback to Become Great
  • Leadership and Coaching
  • Service Models - comparing scales and context

Service opportunities will range from teaching English to supporting seniors in a seniors home. There is also the possibility of building homes and helping at a local hospital. As always, it is important to work with the local community to serve the needs there instead of dictating what will be done. This flexibility is crucial to the experience.

Sample Itinerary

(Dates are approximate)

July 9, 2017 - travel day

July 10, 2017 - arrive in Esteli, tour of the city

Typical daily schedule A

  • 7:00 Breakfast
  • 8:00 Social Justice and Leadership classes in Esteli English School
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 Time to work on coursework
  • 4:00 - Teach English in Esteli English School
  • 7:00 Dinner
  • 8:00 Cultural Experiences (cooking, dance, language)

Typical daily schedule B

  • 7:00 Breakfast
  • 8:00 Volunteering in local hospital/Seniors Home/local school
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 1:00 Local excursion
  • 4:00 - Teach English in Esteli English School
  • 7:00 Dinner
  • 8:00 Cultural Experiences (cooking, dance, language)

Possible excursions in Esteli - tour of cigar factory, tour of coffee farm, waterfall, ziplining

July 18, 2017 - Leave Esteli for Leon, dinner in the city

July 19, 2017 - Cerro Negro volcano - sandboarding, shopping in Leon, travel to Jiquilillo, get settled at Monty’s Beach Lodge

Typical daily schedule A

  • 7:00 Breakfast
  • 8:00 Construction service work or 8:30 teach English class
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 Teach English classes
  • 5:00 Return to Monty’s Beach Lodge for soccer on the beach
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:30 Coursework

Typical daily schedule B

  • 7:00 Breakfast
  • 8:00 Class work for credits
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 2:00 Teach English classes
  • 5:00 Return to Monty’s Beach Lodge for soccer on the beach
  • 6:30 Dinner
  • 7:30 Coursework

Activities in Jiquilillo - serve lunch at El Limonal, tour of the estuary, surf lessons, disc golf

Return July 30, 2017

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