Faculty-Led Travel Courses
UNE’s Global Education Program provides faculty-led short term travel courses that take you to Latin America and other regions of interest around the globe. Several of the trips fulfill the travel requirement you need to satisfy to earn a Latin American Studies minor. Several also fulfill the Global Citizenship core requirement.
First, you meet with faculty to academically and practically prepare for the trip through readings, lectures and coursework. Then, you travel during a semester break or over the summer. You may apply for a Global Education Scholarship to help offset your travel costs.
From the towering Andes Mountains to the Amazon Rainforest to the Atacama Desert, Peru is incredibly diverse in all respects: ethnically, culturally and geographically. Through “Global Citizenship Peru,” you do medical volunteer work in low-income clinics in Cusco, Peru and in an indigenous village.
Brazil is Latin America’s largest country and economy. Though widely renown for its vibrant music and artistic futebol, this former Portuguese colony is one of the most racially and culturally diverse countries in all of the Americas. Through “Global Citizenship Brazil,” you learn Portuguese at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, and do volunteer work in the rural town of Currais Novos.
The Mexico of today is an incredibly diverse country with many deeply rooted traditions. Through “Global Citizenship Mexico,” you work with a rural cooperative in Amatlán, Morelos, assisting local farmers and teaching English at the school.
Dominica is an English and French-creole speaking eastern Caribbean country, nicknamed “the Nature Island.” As part of the seminar course “Globalization/Citizenship: Dominica,” you explore the island’s ecosystems, engage with Dominican partners who are working to achieve sustainable development, and work on a fair trade banana farm.
“Conservation & Ecology of a Caribbean Island” introduces you to the terrestrial, island and marine biodiversity of the Caribbean, with an emphasis on the island of Boca del Toros, Panama. You discuss the impact of an agriculturally-based economy versus a tourist economy on the environment in general and on the reef in particular. You examine NGOs and international environmental treaties, and focus on national and international conservation approaches in the Caribbean. You also learn about local wildlife policies, the history of the establishment of a rainforest as a natural preserve, ethnobotany and the natural history of the region. Then you spend ten days in Panama doing field work.
In “Global Citizenship: Dominican Republic,” you spend spring break in the D.R. teaching English to children in the small community of Monte Cristi. In this ideal program for Education majors, you develop and facilitate curriculum, and create learning games and activities to engage children of all ages. During the trip, you visit the Dajabon market on the Haitian border and explore a beautiful beach in the El Moro National Park.
In “Marine Topics: Coral Reef,” you study the biology and taxonomy of corals while examining the ecology and future of the coral reef system. The course concludes with a field lab carried out entirely on the reefs of Belize in January, during which you snorkel in the beautiful lagoons of Ambergris Caye, the Hol Chan and Bacalar Chico Marine Reserves. The group is housed in a remote field station on the northern tip of Ambergris Caye with access to the reef ecosystem, mangroves, seagrass beds and jungle.
In “Natural History and Evolution of the Galapagos Fauna,” you cruise aboard a private yacht in the Galapagos Islands, tracing the steps of Charles Darwin whose 1831 exploration of the archipelago inspired his revolutionary theory of evolution. While exploring the islands, you encounter blue-footed boobies, Galapagos tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions and Antarctic penguins.
International Medical Missions
You may also opt to travel to Latin America as part of the IMM(UNE) club, which conducts medical volunteer missions in places like Guatemala and Ecuador.