Bluefields is the capital of the South Caribbean Autonomous Region (RACS) in Nicaragua. The city is located beside a bay; consisting of 17 neighborhoods including the port of El Bluff, located on a peninsula of the same name. Bluefields features a tropical rainforest climate. There is a drier period from February to April, but the trade winds ensure that unlike on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua, rain still falls frequently during this period. For the rest of the year, when tropical low pressure dominates, rainfall is extremely heavy, helped by the coast being shaped in such a manner as to intercept winds from the south that prevail during the northern summer.
Host Institution: Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU)
The Bluefields Indian and Caribbean University (BICU) is a public university established in 1991. As one of the first universities on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, BICU is committed to the professional development of its people. This university invests in training and educating qualified professionals and skilled technicians with a strong ethnic identity because they will become the next generation of leaders and pillars in the regional autonomy process of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua.
- The Fellow will co-plan and co-teach with BICU faculty.
- The Fellow will conduct class observation and teacher training and provide feedback.
- The Fellow will advise on students’ theses.
- The Fellow will review BICU’s English programs and provide feedback.
The Fellow may be asked to:
- Promote the U.S. Embassy scholarship programs and participate in some embassy sponsored programs such as Access and CHOP.
- Conduct workshops for teachers organized by the NicaTESOL Association.