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Paraguay: Explore, Connect, Serve

Cake with OU Student, luggage and mapped route to Paraguay May 11 - 29, 2019

Asuncion, Paraguay


Directed by Kerri Shaw, MSW, LISW-S

Applications now Open!

Applications due Feb. 15







Students will shadow Paraguayan social work students at field placement agencies for one week while also staying with their student counterparts in family homes to experience typical Paraguayan culture. Students will rotate through four days of field practicum visits, and participate in the work the students are doing at Kuna Aty, a foundation serving women and children focusing on domestic violence prevention; the Ministerio de la Mujer; and organizations primarily serving women and children living in poverty. The group will work with Un TECHO Para Mi Pais, a non-profit organization addressing homelessness, and visit an all-girls school that teaches environmental education and sustainable agriculture to low-income girls primarily from indigenous backgrounds.

These activities will provide students with an overview of international social work while also providing opportunities to develop core social work values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence.


Priority will be given to social work majors and graduate students. Spanish language experience preferred. All students need to be in good academic (minimum 3.0 overall GPA) and judicial standing. Please check the  Office of Global Opportunities link  to the Policy on Judicial Standing for study abroad participants.

Living Arrangements

Students will stay in a hotel while in Asuncion with breakfast provided. Students will also participate in home stays (four nights) with meals provided by the host families. While working with TECHO, the group will spend two nights in a community facility or school. Accomodations in Tobati and at the Reserva will be at hotels/lodges.


Excursions will include a visit to Tobati, a craft town famous for wood carving and pottery and one of the first towns in Paraguay to become a Franciscan Mission. An ox cart ride to a ranch outside of Tobati will provide an opportunity to learn about Paraguayan history. Students will get a demonstration of the ceramic process and will make a piece of pottery with the artisan.

Students will also participate in an Eco tour in the Reserva Mbaracayu, managed by the Fundacion Moises Bertoni. Students can take a canoe trip, hike through the woods, ride bikes, visit waterfalls, go bird watching, or spot wildlife in the Mbaracayu mountain range. This trip will also include visiting an all-girls school that teaches sustainable agriculture and environmental education to improve the quality of life for girls and their families.


Courses & Credits

  • SW4900: Special Topics in Social Work (3 OHIO credits)
  • SW5900: Special Topics in Social Work (3 OHIO credits)
  • SW6900: Special Topics in Social Work (3 OHIO credits)
  • STDY PARA: International Study Paraguay (0 OHIO credits)

This program carries a "C" (service learning) credit!


*Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Application Process

OHIO University Students:  Complete the  GOIS Online Program Application.

  • Academic and judicial checks: An academic and judicial check on all OHIO students is conducted before application and prior to departure.

Non-OHIO University students:  follow the  Non-Ohio Graduate or Undergraduate Instructions  to enroll as a non-degree student at Ohio University before you apply for the Paraguay Program.

Post Nomination Checklist

Please refer to the  Global Health Program Checklist  for instructions on submitting additional information once you have been nominated for a program. This checklist also includes information on course registration for programs.

Funding Opportunities

Information on Paraguay


Health and Safety

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control  for healthy travel to your destination. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

Refer to the  U.S. State Department  site for information related to safety and security at this destination. Also refer to  International SOS  for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Entry and Exit Requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport now.

It is each student's individual responsibility to determine the entry and exit requirements specific to their personal situation. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country. The following information will hold true for most US passport holders. Entry and exit requirements for this country can be found  here. U.S. citizens may need  a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates, if you have recently visited the country, or if you plan to travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program in order to determine your appropriate course of action.

For more specific visa related information please visit OGO's  Visa Information Page.

Information for non-US citizens can be found  here.

Paraguay Program Director Kerri Shaw For more Information, please contact:
   Kerri Shaw, MSW, LISW-S