Mount Mary College International Studies Presenta:

Centroamérica para profesores de español

1 al 23 de julio de 2011

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Desde 2003, Mount Mary College ha ofrecido programas de inmersión para profesores de español dándoles la oportunidad de renovar sus experiencias en el idioma y en culturas Latinoamericanas a la vez que tendrán la oportunidad de desarrollar unidades temáticas y diseñar estrategias para compartir la experiencia con sus alumnos en los Estado Unidos. El programa se ha ofrecido en el Perú y en la Argentina en anos previos. Este año se va a ofrecer en Centroamérica compartiendo el tiempo entre Costa Rica y Panamá.

Located on the South of the Central America Isthmus, Costa Rica and Panamá, are great places to learn about Biodiversity and Culture. Costa Rica a country who decide to abolish the army since 1948, offer an example about how invest on education and natural resources conservation, became a great opportunity to improve the life quality of the people. Panamá, also offer a great example to run with local knowledge one of the modern great marvels: the Canal, and develop the economy as a financial center.

Two countries that offer a contrast, looking at two different models of development, but looking at the conservation of the biodiversity, as the main asset, because almost 8% of the worlds biodiversity are located on this region.

Fechas, matrícula y opciones para créditos:
  • 1 al 23 de Julio
  • El precio básico para el programa es $2000. Esto no incluye el vuelo a Panamá y el vuelo de regreso de San José ($430 ida y vuelta desde Chicago el precio on-line el 2 de diciembre) y tampoco incluye el costo de los créditos.
  • Incluye hoteles, la estadía con familias, tours, comidas cuando están con las familias, vuelos en Panamá, viaje por bote en el Caribe.
  • Se requiere que los participantes se matriculan en un mínimo de 3 créditos (un curso) o en un máximo de 6 créditos (dos cursos).
  • El precio por crédito se establecerá en febrero 2011.
  • El precio de 2011 fue $400 por crédito. Se anticipa una suba ligera
  • 6 credits = $2400
  • 3 credits = $1200

Detalles del programa:
· Nos reuniremos con todo los participantes en San José, Costa Rica. (Hay vuelos RT desde Chicago a San José en $480 en este momento (noviembre)
· Estadías con familias en Costa Rica
· Visitas a San José, la ciudad de Panamá, el Canal de Panamá, el lado Caribeño de Panamá y Costa Rica, Limón, volcanes, Tirimbina
  • Oportunidades para experiencias con el art, bailes y música de la región.
  • Visitas a escuelas y organizaciones comunales.
  • Oportunidades para hacer trabajos de servicio en estas comunidades y el Centro Educacional Tirimbina

Matrícula y depósito:
· Se requiere un depósito no reembolsable de $100 con la solicitud.
· Un segundo depósito de $900 el 1 de marzo
· Para pedir una solicitud para el programa contacte a: Nan Metzger, Director of International Studies, Mount Mary College
· Se aceptará solicitudes hasta que se llene el programa

Espacio limitado a 20.

Los pagos:
  • $100 en el momento de la solicitud
  • $900 – 1 de marzo de 2011
  • $1000 - 1 de abril de 2011
  • La matrícula (los créditos) – 1 de mayo de 2011


EDU 395/595 (3 G credits)
Special Topics: “Language and Culture: Creating Materials For Your Classroom
Dr. Lori Langer de Ramirez, Chair of the World Language Department from Herricks Public Schools, NY y Dr. Pablo Muirhead, profesor de español en el Milwaukee Area Technical Collage, van a compartir las responsabilidades por este curso Los dos tienen mucha experiencia presentando talleres para profesores de idiomas a nivel nacional e internacional. Los dos fueron incluidos en la serie de Annenberg para cuestiones de metodología.

SPA 475/575 (3 G credits)
Current Issues in Latin America: La realidad Centroamericana
Richard Muirhead, profesor de español y relaciones internacionales de Mount Mary College, va a coordinar este curso con el apoyo de colegas Centroamericanas. Los enfoques del curso van a ser temas de sostenibilidad ecológico y la historia reciente de los países Centroamericanos.


Day 1. Travel to San José, Costa Rica. Stay at Bougainvillea Hotel, where we can enjoy one of the most beautiful gardens, and of course a wonderful stay.

Day 2. Breakfast. Orientation meeting. Depart to San Gerardo de Dota. We will travel to one of highest points in Costa Rica (Buenavista Mountain), staying at El Trogón Lodge. Lunch, Dinner.

Day 3. Time to look for the majestic quetzal, enjoy the cloud forest, and why not, add a little adventure with the canopy (zip lines). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 4. Breakfast and depart to Las Cruces Biological Station in San Vito. The wonderful Las Cruces Botanical Garden, will teach us about conservation and Research. Lunch and Dinner.

Day 5. Breakfast. Travel to Costa Rica-Panamá border, and then to David, Panama.
(From the border there are just 30 minutes to David). From here we will fly into Panama City. (It’s a cheaper flight, because is local).
Arrive to Panama City. Stay in Albrook Hotel. Dinner.

Day 6. Breakfast. Visit the Panamá Canal. Miraflores Lock and the museum.
Old Panama (Colonial City) and the ruins of Panama Fort. . Stay in Albrook Hotel.

Day 7. Breakfast. Travel to Alajuela Lake, to visit the Emberá community, and learn about challenges of the indigenous communities. Visit the Cosway, and enjoy and dance the traditional music of Panama. Stay in Albrook Hotel.

Day 8. Breakast. Early travel by plane to Bocas del Toro, on the Caribbean side. Check in at Laguna Lodge at Colón Island. Boat trip to Dolphin Lagoon and Coral Key. Snorkeling and opportunity to see marine wildlife, in a great coral reef. Stay in Laguna Lodge.

Day 9. Breakfast. Travel by boat to Almirante Port (35 min), and then to Costa Rica Panamá Border (Sixaola). (1 hour) Immigration, and continue to Limón, the port on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. (1 hour) Stop at the Sloth Rescue Center, Lunch. Continue to Tirimbina (2,5 hours). Check in at Tirimbina Lodge. Dinner.

Day 10. Tirimbina. Orientation. Start classes. Lunch. In the afternoon, distribution on the local homes.

Day 11 – 15. Classes. Homestay. They will do breakfast and dinner at their homes, and lunch at Tirimbina.

Day 16. Day trip to Arenal Volcano area. Enjoy the view of an active volcano, and the relaxing hotsprings.

Day 17. Free day, to enjoy the different options on the Sarapiquí region: White water rafting, horse back riding, chocolate tour, zip lines. Or just enjoy the forest by yourself.

Day 18 – 24. Classes. Homestay.

Day 24. Farewell party. Music and dance to celebrate. Stay at Tirimbina Lodge.

Day 25. Free morning. Lunch. PM. Depart to San Jose. Stay in Bougainvillea Hotel.

Day 26. Travel to USA.

What past participants are saying:

“I can’t wait to share all of this with my students, family and friends and keep it going with the contacts I’ve made. It will play a huge part in my teaching.” --Hope Maurer ’03 &’04, Spanish Teacher, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

“Absolutely amazing, an experience that has influenced my way of thinking, working, and own life.” --Justin Gerlach ’03, Spanish Teacher, Mishicott High School, Mishicott, Wisconsin

“The Realidad Peruana class was exceptionally informative and interesting. Not only did I learn about Peru, but I enjoyed the process. The classes presented a broad spectrum of Peru, its peoples, history, culture, politics and more. This life-changing experience increased my awareness of the world and the responsibility I have in it as one of its citizens.” --Milanne Kolquist ’04, Spanish Teacher, Denver, Colorado

“I have a better understanding of what other cultures have to offer. I truly believe I grow as a person with each new experience. Peru will forever be in my heart.” --Leigh Ann Gilson ’04, Spanish Teacher, Sand Creek Middle School, Colonie, NY

“Some of the most interesting and thought-provoking courses I have ever taken.” --Patricia M. Powell ‘05, Spanish Teacher, Wicomico High School, Salisbury, Maryland

“Not only did I get a good ‘perspective of the oppressed’, but (I) also got a tremendous family experience.” --Phillippe Kreiter ’05, Central Catholic High, Portland, Oregon

“I developed a better understanding of both South America and Peru. I was able to form a strong connection with the people and the culture. I want to go back as soon as possible.” --Julia Mueller ‘06, Spanish Teacher, San Francisco, California

This was my third graduate program (MA at Harvard and MA at NYU) and the best yet in terms of director and faculty.”
--Erika Arenger ’06, Spanish Teacher, West Orange High School, New Jersey

“The course was the best, most informative one I’ve ever taken – so relevant to what I do everyday in the classroom.”
--Lisa Perry, Argentina ’08, Bilingual teacher, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

For more information, contact:

NanMetzger, Director of International Studies
MountMary College
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway
Milwaukee, WI 53222-4597
414-258-4810, ext. 459