STUDY ABROAD IN LATIN AMERICA
Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru are 3 of the most bio-diverse countries in the world and Maximo Nivel’s programs provide access to the amazing oceans, rainforests, and mountains of these countries. Environmental Science majors, and related disciplines, take part in international field work, and learn about conservation, eco-agriculture, and reforestation efforts through service learning, semester abroad, and customized programs.
Customized programs include coursework in sustainability, social responsibility, and Spanish Language, combined with service learning programs focused on environmental issues. Educational tours to sites of both scientific and social interest and lectures by local scientists and environmental advocates help students learn about successful conservation strategies and models in Latin America.
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Why I Maximo Nivel
The turtle conservatory is definitely hard work and pushed me both physically and mentally, but the reward of seeing a nest hatch or a mother turtle laying her eggs is definitely worth every minute of it. I learned a lot about turtles in my short time here and I think they will never cease to amaze me. I am really glad I chose this program and I hope I can return one day to see more turtles.
FALL, SPRING, WINTER, & SUMMER TERMS
Environmental Science majors looking to study abroad for a semester can join Maximo Nivel in the Fall, Spring, or Summer. Students take the Sustainability course and the Social Justice & Social Responsibility course, along with 2 Spanish language courses. The semester program includes a service learning placement, guided reflection workshops, and a final project. Throughout the semester, there are guided educational excursions and field experiences to sites including Arenal Volcano (Costa Rica), Machu Picchu (Peru), and Tikal (Guatemala), among others.
|I. University Courses (7 weeks)||Credits|
|SUS 301: Sustainability||3|
|SOC 301: Social Justice & Social Responsibility||3|
|SPA 101: Elementary Spanish I (or higher level)||3|
|SPA 102: Elementary Spanish II (or higher level)||3|
|II. Service Learning (7 weeks)||Credits|
|Service learning placements||3-6|
|Guided Reflection Workshops||–|
|III. Educational Travel (during program)||Credits|
|Museums, cultural tours, & traditional communities||–|
|Total Credit Hours||12-19|
SEA TURTLES, ECO-AGRICULTURE, & JUNGLE CONSERVATION
SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION
Central America is home to the Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, and Green sea turtles. Service learning students provide support to local biologists and researchers to help manage turtle nesting grounds. You take part in nightly beach patrols, tagging turtles, relocating nests into hatcheries, beach cleanup, and community outreach.
Eco-agriculture participants work with sustainable coffee-farming communities helping local coffee growers and learning about sustainable coffee production. You participate in every step of coffee production—growing, harvesting, and processing. This includes working in the nursery, picking, weeding, planting shade trees, and even roasting and packaging.
AMAZON JUNGLE CONSERVATION
The Amazon Jungle Conservation program focuses on reforestation and replanting of native plant species to help restore the natural equilibrium of the Amazon’s ecosystems. You work with local professionals to advance these critical conservation efforts to slow the degradation of the world’s most important rainforest.
Maximo Nivel organizes customized programs for faculty-led groups and student organizations who want a short-term educational experience in Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Peru. These programs are usually 1 to 4 weeks long and consist of 3 main components:
I. Spanish Language
– SPA 101, 201, 201, 202, or higher level
– Guided Reflection Workshops
II. Service Learning
– Sea turtle conservation
– Sustainable farming
– Jungle reforestation
III. Educational Travel
– Archaeological sites
– Museums and cultural tours
– Traditional communities
SPA 202 – Intermediate Spanish II
SPA 301 – Spanish Composition I
SPA 302 – Spanish Composition II
SPA 350 – Latin American Literature
SPA 360 – Latin American Civilization & Culture
SPA 361 – Modern Day Latin America
SPA 370 – Medical Spanish
SPA 371 – Business Spanish
SPA 380 – Intercultural Communication
SPA 420 – Advanced Spanish Grammar
SPA 480 – Advanced Spanish Conversation
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