Eye Care and Culture in Nicaragua Winter 2022

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We will spend nine days in Nicaragua, chiefly in the Atlantic Coast Autonomous Regions. Almost all of the days in those regions will be spent in clinics, where students-in conjunction with optometrists who volunteer their time for the trip-will administer eye exams, write prescriptions and distribute glasses. While in Nicaragua, the students will keep detailed journals that they will complete following their return to Williamstown. They will interact with Nicaraguans during the eye clinics, and will have opportunities for speaking with them during evenings. Students will also be required to attend organizational and training meetings and to complete a number of relevant readings prior to the trip.
The Class: Format: travel
Limit: 12
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation and journals as described above, along with on-site observation of the students' participation in the eye clinics
Prerequisites: none, though it is helpful to include three to six students who are fluent in Spanish
Enrollment Preferences: students will submit applications indicating why they want to take the course
Unit Notes: Alan White was professor of philosophy at Williams from 1986 through 2021. He is currently Mark Hopkins Emeritus Professor of Philosophy.
Materials/Lab Fee: $3,350
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses
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