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NGU to Offer New Study Abroad Experience in Spain

Climbing a volcano, snorkeling along the second longest barrier reef in the world, exploring Mayan ruins, and getting to know wonderful people in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador were part of the life of six NGU students and one instructor this summer. Students took classes for credit, while others spent time learning Spanish, and involved themselves in the community over the course of the five-week study abroad experience.

Aleena Goff, who is studying biology with plans to attend medical school, was able to volunteer in a medical clinic in Copán Ruinas, Honduras. When asked what her favorite part of the trip was, she answered with a story about the opportunity to stitch up a woman’s face.

Other students taught English in an elementary school in Ostumán, Honduras where they made connections with students, their families and the local teachers. At least one student received a job offer, which she is considering upon graduation.

Over the course of the five weeks, the students lived with local families, took classes, volunteered, and had plenty of opportunities for excursions. In addition to the outings  mentioned earlier, students were able to jump off waterfalls, explore colonial villages, spend the weekend at a surf beach in El Salvador, discover a third world open air market in Chiquimula, Guatemala, wander through a tropical bird sanctuary, ride  horseback through the mountains, and many other adventures.

Sounds exciting, doesn’t it? Well, if a trip like this sounds like something NGU students would like to take advantage of, the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics has plans to head to Spain next summer.

“This will begin a rotation of even years in Europe, and odd years in Latin America,” said Dr. Victor Prieto, associate professor in linguistics and Spanish and coordinator of next summer’s trip.  

This will be NGU’s first study abroad summer in Spain and can be used for academic credits or just an international experience.

For more information, contact the modern languages and linguistics department chair Victor Prieto, vprieto@ngu.edu.

Photo: Six NGU students and one instructor visit Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador on a five-week study abroad experience this summer.

   

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