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Global Education @ Wilkes Community College


We live in a world that is more interconnected than ever before. Technology and travel advancements make it both easier and more necessary to know how to relate to people of many different cultures, ethnicity, and points of view here at home and abroad. Our future requires that we understand how to negotiate these new frontiers. We live in a global age, and the Wilkes Community College Global Education Department exists to provide support to students, faculty, and the community in how to embrace and navigate our world. 

We seek to:

  • Understand our community and its interconnection to the world.
  • Understand how culture influences thinking and behavior
  • Understand how to communicate and work with people of other cultures



Study Abroad with Wilkes Community College
Boquete, Panamá
July 7-22, 2012


SPA 161  ?  Cultural Immersion

Course Overview
This program is open to all who would like to take a course in Spanish Language and will take place in Boquete, Panama, a mountain town in the most bio-diverse region on earth. Courses will concentrate in cultural studies and Spanish language, along with volunteering in service learning while on the two-week trip.

Language classes will be taught by native speakers of Spanish in small groups and will concentrate on communicative proficiency. Students meet for four hours of language instruction per day (Monday through Friday) and two hours of service learning as well. We will be working with non-profit organizations to help them complete various charitable projects in the area. The first weekend will have an optional trip or time with a host family. Weekend two will have an all-inclusive trip to the coast, including snorkeling, eco-tourism, and rustic accommodation.  Students will orient prior to departure both online and in class the first week of July. There will also be an assignment due on return.

Students at all levels of language proficiency may participate in the program. Students will test for language before leaving to ensure proper placement in the language school. 

Costs:  The program cost is:  $ 2,500

 The program fee includes:

Instructional costs for language school instructors and cultural tours, etc.

Housing through homestay with breakfast and dinner provided

 WCC staff in residence throughout the program

Programmed excursions

One weekend trip to the coast (all inclusive)

Airfare and transportation costs in country

3 hours of credit for SPA 161

Volunteering fees (to help staff and organize service learning components)

Some expenses not included:

Your passport


Lunches (about $2-5 a day)

Spending money - for shopping, tours, etc. that you may want to do while in Panama

Possible cab fare in Boquete? depending on where you stay and what you want to do

Remember, financial aid can be applied toward this program. 

Application Deadline:


Payment Due Dates:

April ____-          $100

May ____-           $1000

June ____-          $1400

All rates are based on costs at publication and are subject to change based on extenuating circumstances. 

For More Information

 Nathan Richardson

Global Education Director, WCC 

Arts and Sciences Offices- Hayes Hall

Phone: 336-838-6183

E-mail: nathan.richardson@wilkescc.edu