Paraguay is home to native Guarani, to descendants of Europeans, and to German-speaking Mennonites transplanted from Russia, among others. It provides an intriguing locale for exploring the complexity of South American culture. Strong contrasts between modern urban living in Asuncion and agrarian, rural colonies in the Chaco will help to highlight the variety of cultures within Paraguay. During this cross-cultural experience, students will participate in home stays both in the capitol city of Asuncion and rural Filadelfia, study Spanish intensively (1 week), and attend lectures on history and traditions. In addition, we will analyze and develop ideas of cultural competence and empathy, two concepts that are heavily emphasized in U.S. healthcare and teaching professions. While not a pre-requisite for participating in this course, students in nursing, pre-professional health sciences, and education are encouraged to apply!
Students will visit a hospital, participate in a service project at a hospital, clinic, or school, and visit Yalve Sange (Central Indigenous Community) as well as many other sights and places of interest in Asuncion and Colonia Fernheim. As time and finances allow, the course will culminate in a weekend retreat and visit to the famous Iguazu Falls.
Location Asuncion and Filadelfia
Dates May 9 – 31, 2018
Estimated Cost $4,050
CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science 3 SH
The following immunizations are required for travel to Paraguay in the locations and times the EMU cross-cultural group will be in country.
Zika virus is a risk in Paraguay.
Pregnant women should not travel to Paraguay because Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious birth defects.
Partners of pregnant women and couples planning pregnancy should know possible risks to pregnancy and take preventive steps. Before travel, those planning pregnancy should talk to their doctor or other healthcare provider.
All travelers should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during and after their trip. Travelers should also use condoms during and after their trip to prevent sexual transmission of Zika. This will protect against getting Zika while traveling and stop its spread to others back home.
Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.