This twelve-credit program is devoted to the intensive study of the Spanish language and Bolivian culture and meets the needs of Spanish language students from beginner to advanced. This program is sponsored and run through the University of Scranton. Classes are taught at The Centro Misionero Maryknoll en America Latina, in Cochabamba, Bolivia, which was founded in 1965 to prepare Catholic missionary personnel for contemporary mission work in Latin America or for service to Spanish-speaking peoples in other parts of the world.
A University of Scranton faculty member will accompany the group and provide on-the-ground support, in addition to the Centro’s staff. As a student, you’ll be able to integrate yourself into the community through daily contact with the Institute’s experienced instructors, as well as through the family homestays and cultural excursions. Students are required to enroll in 12 credits, and to participate in the organized excursions around the city and region.
All students will attend pre-departure orientation here at Marquette, and a mandatory on-site orientation upon arrival in Bolivia.
This program requires students to enroll in 9 credits of Spanish (3 courses) and 3 credits of Theology (1 course). The Spanish courses will be individually geared to any level of Spanish proficiency from those who have never studied Spanish, to those with an advanced knowledge. The Theology course is equivalent to T/RS 219 Religions of the World at the University of Scranton, adjusted to include the indigenous religions of Bolivia.
This program includes a weekend trip to the Jesuit missions in the eastern region of Bolivia near Paraguay, as well as trips to La Paz and Lake Titicaca in the Altiplano region.
Students will live in homestays with Bolivian families, all of whom have been pre-approved by the University of Scranton and are very experienced with providing this service. There will be a supervised service component available for those students who wish to participate. Through homestays, students are immersed in Bolivian language and culture, eating local meals and practicing local customs, thus accelerating their Spanish proficiency.
Please refer to the above "Budget Sheets" link.
Bolivia is the southern hemisphere’s highest and most isolated nation. It’s among the earth’s coldest, warmest, windiest and steamiest regions. It boasts among the driest, saltiest and swampiest natural landscapes in the world. Although the poorest country in South America, it’s also one of the richest in natural resources. It’s South America’s most indigenous country, with over 60% of the population claiming indigenous heritage, including Aymará, Quechua, Guaraní and over 30 other ethnic groups.
This landlocked country boasts the soaring peaks of the Cordillera Real around Sorata and the hallucinogenic salt flats of Uyuni, the steamy jungles of the Amazon Basin and wildlife-rich grasslands of the Southeast. Cochabamba is located in central Bolivia and is known as the "Garden City" due to its spring-like temperatures year round. Sitting in a fertile green bowl, it is surrounded by low hills and Cerro Tunari, the highest peak in central Bolivia to the northwest.
Unparalleled beauty is also reflected in its vibrant indigenous cultures, colonial cities such as Sucre and Potosí, and whispers of ancient civilizations. This is what attracts visitors, and with good reason. Bolivia is now well and truly on travelers’ radars; opportunities for cultural and adventure activities and off-the-beaten-path exploration have exploded.