A goal of the MAS Program is to support engagement with the MAS world not just in Trinity classrooms but on the ground in the region as well. Each faculty-led study abroad trip exposes students to everyday social and political issues that affect these developing nations. Furthermore, it is a cultural experience they will never forget.
By day, the students report to their internships. At night, they experience the culture of Spain by attending ballets, movies and music performances and dining in Spanish restaurants. They also participate in classes conducted by Trinity professors in charge of the delegation. Weekends often involve excursions outside Madrid to Spanish historical sites.
Students explore the many faces of Spain in a full semester experience abroad with Trinity companions. Students are given the opportunity to truly become a part of Spanish life, living with Spanish families and participating in part-time internships at a variety of locations including NGOs, Museums, Cultural and Financial organizations, and schools . Students will truly experience the complex, and multicultural old and contemporary Spain.
Few places in the world contain as much ecological diversity in a relatively small area as Costa Rica. Its complex systems have fostered the evolutionary development of many unique species set in a constantly changing landscape. Students in the Costa Rican Ecology Program will spend a month surveying and sampling a variety of mammals while studying the physical and cultural differences of the country from sea level rainforests to high elevation cloud forests.
In March of 2015 Meredith McGuire and Alfred Montoya from the Department of Sociology & Anthropology led a group of 9 Trinity students from multiple disciplines on a two-week field trip through urban and rural Nicaragua. The trip gave students the opportunity to gain first-hand exposure to the environmental and health issues affecting developing nations, supplementing and developing the skills and material presented in our courses. This exciting opportunity for a 9-10 day field trip in Nicaragua during Spring Break will illustrate several course topics through first-hand experiences in nature reserves and visits with people working on successful grass-roots projects that address preventable causes of environmental degradation and human illnesses and death. This program will be offered again in the Spring 2020 semester.
This course will explore these historical changes that had labeled Cuba as an island “lost in time” by focusing on three topics that are crucial for Cuba’s global acknowledgement: Gender, Race and Healthcare. Although these three topics can be separately considered, they are deeply interrelated and in constant exchange with Cuba’s economy and politics, as women and LGBT communities challenge their social participation, Afro-Cubans claim their space, and healthcare becomes threatened due to Cuba’s slow movement to globalization. This course will be offered in Spring 2019.