Program Details

Delve into the creative arts in Nicaragua and Cuba and examine how people in both countries have used art, poetry, music, and dance to promote social change.
Location:
Havana, Cuba; Managua, Nicaragua
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Delve into the creative arts in Nicaragua and Cuba and examine how people in both countries have used art, poetry, music, and dance to promote social change. Learn about Cuba’s significance in Latin American history and the connections with one of its southern neighbors.

From your base in Nicaragua, experience daily life and culture from different perspectives. Live with a campesino host family in El Lagartillo,  a rural community in León, located within the northern mountains of Nicaragua’s central region. There you will receive 20 hours of formal Spanish language training and visit an artisan pottery studio; participate in daily activities of the cooperative community, including commercial activities such as producing honey, sesame oil, and fruit jelly, and you’ll also do a service project. Then, travel to San Juan del Oriente to visit a coffee cooperative to explore the lush vegetation of this cloud-covered area and hike a volcano. You will also discover how Nicaraguans use the arts for economic sustainability and to express their aspirations for the future. Participate in workshops and visit local artists’ studios and communities as you learn about art, poetry, music, and dance as mediums for social change.

You will have a second homestay in Managua, where you will live in the neighborhood of Máximo Jerez, a community deeply involved in the Sandinista revolution, and observe the

differences between rural and city life in Nicaragua. Visit local markets and participate in spoken-word poetry workshops with writers inspired by the revolution. Learn how to prepare traditional dishes incorporating exotic fruits from Nicaragua.

Your journey continues as you travel to Cuba. Learn about Cuba’s significance in Latin American history and its many connections to Nicaragua, including a comparison of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua and the Cuban revolution. Spend a week in the city of Havana exploring the arts in a different social and cultural context. Visit associations of young artists and African-Cuban arts centers. Participate in a community workshop transformation project, Talleres de Transformación, and talk to Cubans about their aspirations. Visit Old Havana and learn about Ernest Hemingway’s life in Cuba at his home in Cojímar before returning to Nicaragua for final reflections.

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Setting Description:
In Nicaragua, where the program is based, experience daily life and culture from several different perspectives. Live with a host family in the working-class Máximo Jérez neighborhood of Managua, where supporters of the Sandinista Revolution lived during the 1980s. Witness how Nicaraguans today are using the arts for economic sustainability and to express their aspirations for the future. Participate in workshops and visit artists’ studios and communities as you learn about art, poetry, and music as mediums for social change. Stay in the coffee-producing rural community of San Ramón, in the mountains outside of Matagalpa. While there, experience a second homestay, with a campesino family, and witness the campo-city differences in Nicaragua. Visit a coffee cooperative, and hike through the lush vegetation of this cloud-covered area. Create “socio-dramas” with members of a community organization, make jewelry with seeds, take a poetry workshop, and learn how to prepare multiple dishes i
Cost:
$6150

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
The Experiment in International Living is committed to helping students from a diversity of backgrounds participate through a variety of need-based scholarships. In 2016, The Experiment awarded a total of $2.4 Million in financial aid and scholarships.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 8 Reviews

  • Cuba and Nicaragua- An amazing opportunity
    5.0
    09/02/17

    The Nicaragua and Cuba:Arts and Social Change trip has been an extraordinary experience for me! Although not completely fluent in Spanish, I was able to lean into discomfort in my homes stays and converse with people. This program has given me a lot

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Only Wish It Had Been Longer
    5.0
    09/01/17

    I had an amazing time on my trip to Nicaragua and Cuba. My homestay family was incredibly kind and the community embraced us with open arms. Making cinnamon rolls for them from scratch was more fun than I've ever had in a kitchen. I'll never forget spending

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Experiment in international living review
    5.0
    08/29/17

    My name is Ashley Rivera and I was lucky enough to partake in the program of arts and social change that took place in Nicaragua and Cuba. Over the course of roughly 4 weeks, I was given the opportunity to stay with an environmentally conscious rural

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A New Home
    5.0
    12/22/16

    Before Nicaragua and Cuba, I knew I was never really immersed in culture. Although I live in New York, which is considered a well-known "melting pot", I knew I was missing something. During the summer of 2015, I discovered the missing ingredients when

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Moving and Formative Adventure
    5.0
    12/14/16

    This program was a deeply moving and formative experience for me. When I chose to participate in this particular trip, I had only a vague idea of what I might be in for. My only real grasp of the nature of the trip came from the key words in its title:

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My Trip Made Me Who I Am Today
    5.0
    12/12/16

    Traveling to Nicaragua and Cuba was such an eye opening experience for me. I learned so many things about Latin American culture, the people I interacted with every day and myself. I knew before going on this trip that I would have to be forced out of

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Cuba's Got it All Figured Out
    5.0
    11/10/16

    On my trip to Nicaragua and Cuba this summer I was able to observe many different, critical issues that are affecting many people there. Many of these problems are faced in other places in the world as well, lack of resources, lack of food and water,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Cuba and Nicaragua: a wonderful month with unforgettable people
    5.0
    09/02/16

    The Cuba and Nicaragua: Arts and Social Change program was hands down one of the best months of my life. Through this program, I got to embrace many cultures very different than my own, improve my Spanish skill drastically, and learn a lot about myself

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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