Paraguay: May 2018

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.


Seminar Leaders Greta Ann Herin and Laura Yoder

Location Asuncion and Filadelfia

Approximate 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.

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.