Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

International Programs

Summer in Costa Rica: Service Learning, Politics, & Internships
San José | May 21 – July 1, 2017

Summer in Costa Rica is a six-week program based at Tulane University’s own beautiful campus of CIAPA, a prestigious academic research institution in the midst of the capital city of San José. The CIAPA campus houses multiple lecture and seminar rooms where students will take two courses, in addition to a modern dormitory setting for all participants. Consistent exposure to Spanish will help students develop stronger language communication skills at any level. Students will embark on adventures to tropical rainforests, volcanoes, and beautiful beaches, with excursions to Manuel Antonio, Irazú, and Monteverde. Make friends with local Univeristy of Costa Rica students, and explore the charming city of San José in your free time!

Depending on their interests and needs, students will have the opportunity to choose from three course options being offered. Taught in English by Tulane faculty, the Social Justice Service-Learning course explores the notions of citizenship and concepts of social justice in Latin America from a theoretical perspective, and will be supplemented with a practical application in the community through a 40-hour Service Learning placement. The Social Justice Internship provides placement within a variety of local governmental and non-governmental entities that will host students as interns with varying levels of Spanish language skills. Students will have the opportunity to work within organizations promoting civic education, the protection of human rights, or school drop-out prevention. Central American Politics (Costa Rica) will focus on the current state of Costa Rican politics and society by analyzing the social and political forces at play in the region, the challenges of its economic development, and its external interaction with the United States and other world regions. This course is taught in English by CIAPA staff.

COURSES OFFERED:

  • LAST 3950 with LAST 3890 (4 credits): Social Justice Service Learning
  • LAST 4570 (3 credits): Social Justice Internship
  • POLC 3310 (3 credits): Central American Politics

PROGRAM COST:
The cost of the 2017 program is $5,800 and will include corresponding credits at Tulane (tuition), housing and two meals a day at CIAPA (M-TH), medical insurance, transportation from the airport to CIAPA upon arrival, and specialized tours and excursions. Airfare to/from San José (SJO), incidental costs, and extra meals and expenses are not included in the program cost.
Please check back in Fall 2017 for final cost announcement.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY:
Students interested in applying must be in good academic standing and have at least a current cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Please check with the Tulane Course Catalog for Spanish language course pre-requisites. Non-Tulane students are welcome to apply to this program but should confirm with their home university that their credits will transfer. Course syllabi are available upon request.

PROGRAM APPLICATIONS:
Complete applications through the online application portal will include:
+ Student’s general and academic information
+ Personal statement of intent
+ Official copy of transcript
+ Copy of front page of passport
+ Two recommendations (one from a current or former Spanish instructor)
+ $300 non-refundable deposit (check made payable to Tulane University; dropped off or mailed to the Stone Center, attn. Laura Wise Person, 100 Jones Hall, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118; OR by credit card online). The deposit will be credited toward the final costs of the program if student is accepted and committed to the program.

TO APPLY:
Click here to visit the online application on the Office of Study Abroad’s web page, and click “Apply Now.” If you are a non-Tulane student you will be required to create an account. The application deadline is March 24, 2017.

Download a printable flyer for the program here.

For questions, please call 504-862-8629, or email to sclassum_at_tulane.edu.

View photos from past programs here!

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K-14 Summer Educator Institute in Cuba

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Havana, Cuba | June 17 – July 1, 2017

The Application Deadline has Passed
$3,500.00 for 15 days

This two-week program through the Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Cuban and Caribbean Studies, and in collaboration with Primary Source provides the unique opportunity to work on developing lesson plans while exploring the sights and sounds of a nation and country that remain obscured behind political rhetoric and misinformation. Recent economic changes on the island have provoked a series of social and cultural transformations that have left Cubans and the entire world wondering what could be next for the island and the Revolution. Don’t miss the chance to witness some of these challenges and triumphs firsthand and get the opportunity to bring your experience back to your students in the classroom.

Tulane’s summer program is locally sponsored and supported by the National Union of Writers and Artists. Participants will stay within walking distance of the Malecón, the university, and several cultural venues. In addition to field trips in Havana, there will also be group excursions to the historic cities of Trinidad and Cienfuegos, the Che Guevara monument in Santa Clara, Playa Girón, and Viñales.

For more information and for the institute application, please visit the institute webpage.

Summer Reading at the Pebbles Center Algiers

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Celebrate and learn about Latin America with your kids through the Stone Center’s Pebble Center at the Algiers Regional branch of the New Orleans Public Library for bilingual story time.

Our summer story hour will take place in June, July, and August on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 AM. All books are read in English and Spanish and readings are followed by an activity based on the book. Past books include Counting Ovejas, Drum Dream Girl, and Mango, Abuela, and Me. Readings are free and open to the public. Recommended ages 0 – 5 and parents!

Story Hour Dates/Themes

June 13
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July 11
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August 8
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