USF SL and Immersion Courses 2017

University of San Francisco 2017

Spring Semester Service Learning Course January 23-May 18, 2017
ViviendasLeón is offering a Service-Learning course on international development during the Spring 2017 semester, at the University of San Francisco. The course will be taught by Professor Nathaniel Eck of the Art & Architecture Department and will be 4 units that count as a Service-Learning credit. This course will run weekly providing students with an overview of historical, political, and economic dynamics that impact global systems, inequalities, and rural populations. Students will learn through discussion, guest lectures, and project work the realities of themes in relation to real world problem solving. This course aims to combine student acquisition of theoretical competency with the practical application while providing service to ViviendasLeón and the indigenous communities of Sutiaba, Nicaragua.

ViviendasLeón staff, and USF professor, Nathaniel Eck, will facilitate the course to students of all major and disciplines. Guided by ViviendasLeón, students will use collaborative work, and an innovative approach and cultural sensitivity to best serve the needs of the partnering community in Sutiaba, Nicaragua. Student projects include water testing and mapping, public health surveying, small business development, medicinal plant and crop diversification cataloging, the design of small-scale community soccer stadium, and design of mechanical water system technologies.

Upon completion of the course, students are invited to join ViviendasLeón during the summer of 2017 on our two-week practicum to implement the above project initiatives in the rural communities of Sutiaba, near Leon, Nicaragua.

For more information on how to sign up for the course contact
Martin Juarez here, or Nathaniel Eck here.

Summer two-week practicum in Nicaragua 2017 May 21-June 3, 2017
ViviendasLeón is offering a summer program for students to travel to Nicaragua for two weeks working on the implementation of projects developed during the spring semester including agricultural development, water and sanitation, and small business development. In the summer program, students develop their knowledge of the partnering community’s cultural life patterns, vernacular philanthropy, and indigenous living habits so they can work to blend traditional approaches with modern methods and education. This process serves both the student and the community partner: it helps students to develop a relationship with ViviendasLeón as a powerful unifying tool in finding an appropriate and sensitive solution to addressing social needs globally, and it preserves traditional cultural and community while enhancing the environmental and social welfare of local populations.