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  • LASP - Latin American Studies Program
    is encouraged each semester in student participants via learning living serving and traveling while they are at LASP If you d like to know more about this program please see This particular website is dedicated to participants of LASP and their friends and family who want to be kept in the loop about the various things going on during this time abroad We encourage you to check out our monthly updates with different photos and write ups from current LASPers Over the course of their four months at LASP students spend 4 weeks studying Spanish intensively at a language institute During that time they will also be attending classes 2 3 times a week as part of LASP s Core Seminar After the first month the students leave to spend two weeks in Nicaragua where they interact with different speakers who talk about the issues of that country and spend a week living with a host family learning from the people themselves They return to Costa Rica to finish up this Core part of their semester The students then study in one of four concentrations International Business Fall Environmental Science Spring Advanced Language Literature or Latin American Studies The semester

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  • LASP - Latin American Studies Program
    Kingdom of God in a tangible way numbers correspond to the pictures 1 One group painted rooms for a school that serves children living in the poor communities that surround the Guatemala City dump 2 Another couple of guys fixed computers and taught computer classes to teachers at a similar school outside the dump 3 Students at Finca Santa Elena learned to pick coffee prepared bananas for drying packaged various products picked up trash and more 4 A group at Agua Viva Children s Home painted the dining room but also spent time playing and talking with the kids even experiencing a Guatemalan Water Park 5 A few girls changed diapers and played with kids at a home for malnourished children bringing joy to little ones who don t get much personal attention 6 Those at a farm packaged produce did general maintenance and talked with indigenous leaders about developing their communities through organic agriculture 7 Another group did outdoor work for an organization that provides nutritional cookies for malnourished children and education for mothers who are trying to care for their kids 8 And students served in various community development projects through the Catholic Church in the mainly indigenous town of San Lucas Toliman After a touristy day or two see pictures 9a 9d we said our goodbyes to LASP staff Gerardo Krystal Alex and Kristina and hopped on a plane to Miami perhaps staggered is a better word considering the weight of our carry ons We were met at the airport by Trevor and Laura and the next morning Director Antonio arrived too Back on US soil Friday December 15 was a day to relax and begin to say goodbye to the people who have shared so many experiences with us this semester We went to the beach

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  • LASP - Latin American Studies Program
    January 2006 Fall 2005 Spring 2005 2005 B 2005 A Fall 2004 Fall B 2004 Fall 2004 Spring 2004 A Spring 2004 B Fall 2003 Spring 2003 Fall 2002 Home l Updates l Photo gallery l Newsletter l Links l

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  • LASP - Latin American Studies Program
    a peaceful country surrounded by continual regional unrest Its population is varied and diverse Like in the West some hearts have been broken by violence or tragedy and some have grown numb yet others still hold hope for a better future People dream of a day when progress and mutual respect make the news more often than body counts It s a universal dream but how do we realize that dream together The misunderstandings and lack of communication between our two worlds have resulted in hardened hearts Can we forgive and forget recognizing the immense prosperity that would result We can and we must The road leading us to reconciliation and mutual respect is filled with people like the students of LASP who are willing to step onto the other side and see what others see realizing that those we often fight against are actually fighting for the same things we are Joy is joy mourning is mourning and living in peace is a desired end regardless of race religion or nationality Reflection by a LASP alum By Christie Zimmerman Spring 2006 Newsletter Christie Zimmerman is from Rochester Minnesota and graduated from Cedarville University in Ohio in May 2005 with an Organizational Communications major and Business and Spanish minors She attended LASP in the Fall of 2003 and participated in the International Business Concentration Christie states LASP was one of the most life changing and influential times in my life and continues to be She is currently working at Covenant Bible College Ecuador CBCE just outside of Quito as a Dean of Women which has her living and working with students full time planning activities driving counseling and mentoring The following is a reflection on her experience in Ecuador True happiness comes from helping others John Wesley November 15 2005 At 22 like lots of other people I dream of changing the world peoples lives and doing something that will have a lasting difference Some people think that it s my free spirit or my thinking that I am invincible that allows me to pursue these adventures I suppose some people think it s just a foolish young stage everyone goes through in their twenties feeling like they can do anything I won t deny that some of that is true but there are a few differences in WHY I pursue the things I do than for my own glory and adventure I choose to follow the things I do out of passion things God has taught me and because I believe it s where God has clearly lead me I never want to outgrow being passionate because a life without passion is a life wasted My greatest fear is that I will look back and regret and I refuse to let that happen Despite my age my nationality my imperfect Spanish my gender I still believe God is using me here in Ecuador Now this doesn t mean grand sweeping gestures like parades marches or signing petitions It s

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  • LASP - Latin American Studies Program
    americorps org Latin American Mission www lam org Lutheran World Relief www lwr org Volunteers for Peace www vfp org Transitions Abroad http www transitionsabroad com Periodicals and Resources Sojourners Magazine www sojo net Resource Center of the Americas www americas org The Other Side Magazine www theotherside org Interhemispheric Resource Center www irc online org Center for Public Justice www cpjustice org La Nacíon Online www nacion com Latinamerica

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  • LASP - Latin American Studies Program
    9726 hergen racsa co cr Amanda Vandeman Nicaragua amanda amandavanderman com Back to Top Title Colegio Vida y Verdad Life and Truth School Project Leaders David Hiller General Director Location Caranavi Bolivia Project Description Colegio Vida y Verdad Life and Truth School de Caranavi Bolivia is a K 12 Christian school for Bolivian nationals begun by American missionaries in 1988 It now serves 400 students and has 34 Bolivians on staff The school seeks to educate children from Caranavi both Christian and non Christian using Biblical principles taught by teachers who are called by God and equipped to use Biblical principles in their curriculum They seek to give these rural students an education of excellence while at the same time evangelizing and building Christian character As a long term result they seek to influence the Bolivian society in all realms to ultimately change a generation to change the nation They have opportunities for expatriates in the following capacities 1 Teaching English to Spanish speaking Jr Sr High students 2 Further developing their ongoing teacher training program for the Bolivian teachers on staff 3 Developing principle based curriculum in coordination with local teachers for any grade 1 12 4 Working with youth in the school in evangelism and discipleship 5 Teaching basic computer skills and maintaining computer lab vocational education in computer operation 6 Building project manager for the construction of new campus infrastructure If anyone is interested in opportunities for involvement in national Christian education and developing Christian educators David would love to contact them As a proud alumnus of LASP he d love to get them involved in what God s doing in Caranavi Bolivia Relationship to LASP Director is LASP alumnus Website Mission web page www ccwm org Contact Information David Hiller 591 2824 3016 591 2824 3495 davidhiller ccwm org Back to Top Title Educational Services International Location Central Asia Russia Central Europe China and Mediterranean Project Description ESI demonstrates biblical service through meeting educational needs by providing caring and effective Christian teachers Through dedicated teaching ESI teachers develop meaningful friendships and find many opportunities to share their lives Relationship to LASP Current LASP director served with ESI for 3 years in China Website www teachoverseas org index html Contact Information Tel 1 800 895 7955 Fax 1 626 821 2022 teach esimail org Back to Top Title Food for the Hungry Project Leaders Scott Martin President Food for the Hungry CR Dorothy Martin Location San José Costa Rica Project Description Food for the Hungry has been in Costa Rica for almost a year now and is growing rapidly Not only are they doing research for surrounding countries but also they are assisting several communities in the San Jose area If you are a self starter and have any interest in working in agriculture healthcare children s ministries marketing video production hunger education computers etc they would greatly benefit from your help Relationship to LASP Visited by LASP representative Website www fhi net fhicostarica Contact Information Scott

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  • Winslow Covenant College We had no idea what a semester in the Latin American Studies Program would be like Now the fourth full week of classes is almost done The Second Month of LASP How to survive Nicaragua and lots of Conferences and changes by Kalie Boyce Bethany Kok and Alexandra Lewis So here is a brief overview of what we have been up to and how we survived our

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  • LASP - Latin American Studies Program
    either I am still figuring out what that is since it is far removed That third culture to me looks more Latina than anything else but I am still figuring out what the inside of that looks like since I don t have many people to bounce that off of If anything I feel like a chameleon that if you want me to be Brazilian today I can be Brazilian if you want me to be Greek I can be Greek So it all depends on where I am It is very easy to blend in Alex Grant Is that part of your conscious choice Angeline I suppose that as I am going along I am consciously choosing to be a chameleon by taking the bits and parts of all the different cultures that I treasure and making it part of my new culture Alex Grant Would you recommend that most people then do that too Angeline I suppose so I think that it might be somewhat more difficult because they may have a more definite basis of their culture or they have a more definite foundation to either fill or tear down Alex Grant Do you have new questions that have surfaced for you Angeline I have a realization right now that I have created a different culture for myself I think I did subconsciously and now I am conscious of that So now the implications of that are the new questions I am raising Is that a good thing or bad thing Are there other people who have created the same kind of culture for themselves Is it similar to mine or not Does anything necessitate that I do pick and choose I have a lot of questions and I still don t know how significant or important that is or even how that may change things in the future Alex Grant As a person of color do you process or interact with this new information in a slightly different way than the rest of the class or not Angeline The fact that my ancestors were slaves that s not going to change whether I want to make it superficial or not In that sense I have attempted to identify more with people who are poor and oppressed so in that sense yes I have been thinking a lot about Ché Guevara lately and the facts that he came from a middle class family who was doing well and that he still identified with people who were being oppressed and he fought and gave his life to change those things I ve definitely admired his example Presently I am more so where he was How do I bridge that gap is where I am at Alex Grant Thinking about Ché are you feeling any sense of calling to do what he did Angeline Definitely thinking strongly and praying about that In some sense I will have to say it s more comfortable not to not forgetting these things

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