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CGEE coordinates 50+ short-term programs each year in the following locations.  Together with you, we develop an itinerary that suits your course or interests.  From there, we handle all the logistics, from housing to translation to guided reflections.

Read the overview and how-to or inquire after review your location of interest:


Our programs are based in the capital city of Managua but often involve travel to Matagalpa, Esteli, the Atlantic Coast, and other rural areas.  Possible program themes:

  • Post-revolution and democratic transition
  • Health care
  • Alternative development models
  • Poverty reduction, economic growth, and human development
  • Women in post-revolutionary Nicaragua
  • Role of churches in peace, justice, sustainability, and rights for marginalized groups
  • Land tenure and agricultural issues
  • Plight of street/working children
  • Worker’ rights, fair trade, and microcredit

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 Namibia and South Africa

CGEE designs and delivers programming in both South Africa and Namibia. Most programs in South Africa focus on Johannesburg and/or Cape Town. In Namibia, programming can be done in almost any part of the country. The most popular areas are Windhoek, Walvis Bay/Swakopmund, Northern Namibia (Ondangwa and Oshikati), and Etosha National Park. Possible program themes:

  • Nation-building and reconciliation
  • Race relations and ethnicity
  • Sustainable development
  • Apartheid
  • Human rights
  • Ubuntu

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MYANMAR – NEW in 2016!

Through a collaboration with Partnership for Change, a historic partner of Augsburg College, CGEE is pleased to announce the beginning of customized programming in Myanmar, as of 2016.  Programs will be based in Yangon and the Inle Lake region. Possible program themes:

  • indigenous issues
  • conflict resolution
  • education
  • religion
  • environmental sustainability

Please direct Myanmar-specific questions to CGEE’s Director of Operations and Global Inclusion Initiatives, David Hamilton

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Cuernavaca serves as a home base for our staff, but programming is also offered in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Chiapas. Possible program themes:

  • Arts and culture
  • Trade, business, and political relationships between Mexico and the U.S.
  • Indigenous culture, rights, and spirituality
  • Politics and political movements like the Zapatista movement
  • Immigration and migration
  • Gender issues
  • Education
  • Health and alternative medicine
  • Human rights, poverty issues
  • Environment, agriculture, and sustainable development
  • Social Work
  • Religion and faith

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Our programs are based in Guatemala City and Antigua, but usually also travel to the highlands. Possible program themes:

  • Human rights – Indigenous rights, workers’ rights, and children’s rights
  • Land rights
  • Post-war transition and reconciliation
  • Eco-tourism
  • Mayan history and ancient civilization
  • Mayan spirituality
  • Education

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 El Salvador

Our programs are based in San Salvador and usually include trips into rural areas. Possible program themes:

  • Political parties and civil society
  • Human rights
  • Gender issues
  • Environment
  • Continued relevance of the martyrs of El Salvador
  • Current role of churches and liberation theology
  • Post-war mental health
  • Democracy and citizen participants
  • Immigration and family remittances

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NOTE:  Currently, CGEE is only able to work with you if you are an institute of higher education whom has previously worked with us in Cuba.   

CGEE does NOT provide the following services in Cuba:

  • Arranging for a guide or interpreter
  • Assisting with Cuban visa processing
  • Non-academic customized programs

In addition, given CGEE staffing levels and U.S. and Cuban laws that restrict the activities that U.S. travelers can legally engage in when visiting the island, programs in Cuba must fall within the following parameters:

  • We only work with academic groups of 8 or more whose participants are traveling as part of a credit-bearing course that counts towards their degree.
  • Customized programs are one to two weeks in duration.
  • Lodging is provided at the MLK Center guesthouse in Havana.
  • Excursions outside Havana are limited to 1-2 nights to a regular MLK Center location such as Matanzas, Varadero, Cienaga de Zapata, Santa Clara, or Viñales.
  • All participants must complete CGEE online registration and Certification of Travel to Cuba under a General License at least four months before departure.
  • Full payment of program fees must be made at least four months before departure.
  • Daily schedule is not finalized until two weeks prior to arrival in Cuba.

Due to demand, and limited resources, programs in Cuba are now more costly, less customizable, and require more advance planning than those at other sites.  We encourage you to consider our programming with similar themes in our other locations, where possible.

Suggestions for more information on travel to Cuba:


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 Costa Rica

Our programs to Costa Rica generally include time in the capital city of San Jose as well as a rural component or travel to a nature reserve. Possible program themes:

  • Ecotourism and the environment
  • Sustainable development
  • Health and education as a human right
  • Migration

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