The CONEXIONES staff will be rounded out with faculty and instructors from the University of New Mexico (UNM) department of Spanish and Portuguese. The CONEXIONES 2012 staff will bring their talents and experience to a unique and dynamic program.
The key to the dynamism and reputation of the CONEXIONES approach is integration. CONEXIONES fuses language study with cultural exploration. A unique feature of CONEXIONES is culture shock training that helps students to understand culture shock as a positive (if sometimes uncomfortable) experience. The program is open to all applicants. Prior participation in the UHP is not required.
Note: As in 2010, CONEXIONES Nicaragua 2012 students will have a unique opportunity. Dr. Enrique Lamadrid, professor of Spanish, and Miguel Gandart, photographer and professor of journalism are conducting a brief research project focusing on a Nicaraguan village fiesta (the fiesta of San Juan, June 24, 2012). CONEXIONES students will be able to participate in this project. Student participants will therefore, have occasion, rare for undergraduates, to learn and apply the skills of field ethnographic/folkloric research, photographic documentation, and field audio recording.