International Field Study

Ecuador: ME to WE Winter 2019

Ecuador: ME to WE Winter 2019

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By participating in grassroots projects in rural communities, you’ll not only get your hands dirty but help remove the barriers to education for young community members taking advantage of your exotic flora and fauna surroundings, you’ll also learn about conservation and rural development challenges.

Please note this trip will be eligible for a $500 Be World Ready grant to help offset the cost.

$400 will be awarded upon completion of pre-departure requirements + $100 will be awarded upon return from your Field Study. More information regarding grant distribution as well as the multi-stage process of completion can be found on the 'Grants' page.

Itinerary
DAY 1 | TRAVEL & ARRIVAL

Your ME to WE adventure begins as you depart for Managua, Nicaragua. Arrive into the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport, check-in to your accommodations and relax after your flight.

DAY 2 | COMMUNITY ORIENTATION

One of the most exciting moments of your trip may be
the first time you visit the community where you’ll be
volunteering throughout your time in Nicaragua. Your
facilitators will lead you on a tour of the development
projects in the community. Be welcomed by local
community members and learn more about
Nicaragua’s culture and traditions, joys and daily
challenges. For the next several days, you won’t just
be a visitor in the community—you’ll be part of a family as you work together toward shared goals.

DAY 3 | VOLUNTEER & LEADERSHIP MODULE

VOLUNTEER PROJECT – FULL DAY
Spend a full day continuing your work on your
volunteer project.

LEADERSHIP MODULE: ALTERNATIVE INCOME
AND LIVELIHOOD MARKET ACTIVITY
Your ME to WE facilitators will lead you in an activity
focusing on the economic challenges faced in rural
communities in Nicaragua. This activity builds on your visit to the local market.

DAY 4 | MARKET ACTIVITY

 

You will be able to see first-hand the challenges many
rural families face when you visit a local market. You
will be given a Nicaraguan family profile and US $1 to
buy a meal for your “family.” This activity builds on
the previous night’s discussion regarding economic
challenges that many Nicaraguans face. Remember to
take in all the sights and sounds as you purchase your goods.

VOLUNTEER PROJECT – HALF DAY
Spend the morning continuing your work on your
volunteer project.

LEADERSHIP MODULE: HEALTH
Your ME to WE facilitators will lead you in a
discussion on the impact of health care in Nicaragua.

 

DAY 5 | VOLUNTEER

VOLUNTEER PROJECT – HALF DAY
Spend the morning continuing your work on your
volunteer project.

VISIT A LOCAL WOMEN’S GROUP
While in Nicaragua you will have the option to visit a
local women’s group. You will be able to spend some
time listening to their stories and asking questions
about life in Nicaragua.

VOLUNTEER PROJECT – HALF DAY
Spend the afternoon continuingg your work on your
volunteer project.

SOCIAL ISSUES DISCUSSION
Spend the evening discussing what you have learned
and observed so far on your trip, the social issues
you’re passionate about, and working together build a
stronger community of world-changers by participating in some fun group activities.

DAY 6 | VOLUNTEER PROJECT

VOLUNTEER PROJECT
Today is your final day volunteering in the
community. Be sure to make the most it and take
some photos to remember your contributions. You will
also have the opportunity to play some games with the local children.

CLEAN STOVES PROJECT
Visit the home of a local community member to see
one way the Health Pillar is implemented in the
community of El Trapiche. Traditionally women cook
food over an open fire, which emits a large amount of
smoke. The Clean Stove reduces smoke and uses less
firewood. Listen to how this WE Charity project has
improved the livelihood of women and families.

VOLUNTEER PROJECT – HALF DAY
Spend the afternoon continuing your work on your
volunteer project.

ACTION PLANNING
Led by your ME to WE facilitators, reflect on your
experiences throughout the day as you explore some
of the contemporary issues facing the communities
where we work. Get the tools and skills you need to
take action at home on issues you care about—we’ll
help you put your ideas into action. With the
awareness, skills and plan you develop in Nicaragua,
you’ll be ready to make a positive difference when you
return home.

DAY 7 | EXPLORE GRENADA

EXPLORE GRANADA
Travel to Granada and explore one of the oldest cities
in Nicaragua on a guided sightseeing tour.

CAFÉ DE LAS SONRISAS
Enjoy a meal and explore the incredible Café de Las
Sonrisas, a café run entirely by people with hearing
disabilities. Learn some sign language and enjoy a
delicious Nicaraguan meal. You’ll have the
opportunity to learn about this amazing social
enterprise started by Tio Antonio, who created the
café and adjoining hammock workshop to create job
opportunities for young people with hearing and
seeing disabilities. Then, explore the hammock
making workshop! Try your hand at weaving hammocks, learn from the pros, and even purchase a handmade hammock.

MASAYA VOLCANO VISIT
Peek over the edge at the Masaya Volcano, and look
into the impressive crater, which is continuously
emitting smoke.

FINAL CELEBRATION DINNER
Enjoy your last dinner together as a group and
celebrate the change you’ve helped make throughout
your time in Nicaragua.

DAY 8 | EXPLORE GRENADA

CAFÉ LAS FLORES COFFEE PLANTATION VISIT
Coffee is one of the largest industries in Nicaragua
and is a source of income for many Nicaraguan
people—whether they work in the fields as farmers or
in the processing plants themselves. Travel to the
Café Las Flores Coffee Plantation where you’ll be able
to take a guided tour of a working coffee farm and
help out with some of the workers’ everyday tasks.
Throughout the tour, you’ll learn about the process of
growing “shade-grown” coffee and discover the
meaning behind terms like “fair trade,” “Rainforest
Alliance” and “organic.”

LAKE APOYO
Spend half the day swimming at Lake Apoyo, a nature
reserve and volcanic crater, located outside of
Granada.

MASAYA MARKET VISIT
Visit a local artisan market to pick up some souvenirs and immerse yourself in the local culture.

REINTEGRATION AND REFLECTION
Spend the evening with your ME to WE facilitators
reflecting back on your trip, on all the experiences
you’ve had, things you’ve learned, and the friends
you’ve made. Your ME to WE facilitators will guide you
through a discussion on re-integration into life back
home after your life-changing experience in
Nicaragua.

DAY 9 | DEPART HOME

Depart from Managua on your flight back home

Payment

Payment Plan

Note that the fees included below are approximate and may vary at any time.

Deposit

$100 is due April 6, 2018

Second Payment

$150 is due April 27, 2018

Third Payment

$500 is due September 21, 2018

Final Payment

$2250 is due December 7, 2018

Option 1—Direct Deposit – Online

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email studentaccounts@niagaracollege.ca and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for International Field Study: Ecuador: ME to WE Winter 2019. Please copy Be World Ready, at beworldready@niagaracollege.ca on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Option 2—In Person

Go to Student Accounts located in the Registrar’s office at Niagara College. There is one at each campus. Have your student number available. Indicate that you would like to make a payment for an International Field Study: Ecuador: ME to WE Winter 2019. Make payment (either deposit or final payment) for your International Opportunity to your student account.

Cancellation Policy

Students MUST email the Be World Ready team immediately at beworldready@niagaracollege.ca, from their Niagara College student email account, to notify the team of your decision to no longer participate in an IFS. If no notification of cancelation is received by email to the Be World Ready team after the initial deposit date, all payments are 100% non-refundable regardless of the below schedule of cancellation fees.

It is imperative that the Be World Ready team is notified of your choice to withdraw from any IFS as soon as possible. A missed payment is not considered a notification of no longer wishing to participate in an IFS an email must be sent to beworldready@niagaracollege.ca expressing your desire to withdrawal.

If a student needs to cancel their International Field Study, they may qualify for a refund of monies paid based on the schedule of cancellation fees outlined below:

Schedule of Cancellation Fees
  • 0—30 days of deposit date: Refunds will be granted based on vendor/supplier payments made by the cancelation date
  • 31—60 days of deposit date: 50% loss of all payments made to date
  • 61+ days of deposit date: All payments 100% non-refundable

Application Process

  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to beworldready@niagaracollege.ca
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Grant Eligibility

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit two high-quality photos along with a well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team
Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email beworldready@niagaracollege.ca a copy/photo.
Approx. Price

$3000+/-

Trip Date

Feb 23, 2019—Mar 3, 2019

Country

Nicaragua

Location

Managua

Program

Police Foundations

Application Deadline

April 6, 2018