Ohio University

Paraguay: Explore, Connect, Serve

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Program Feature

Service Learning

Program Term


Program Type

OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

Health Sciences

For additional information contact:

Kerri Shaw, MSW, LISW-S
Program Director


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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.

Highlights and Excursions 

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.

Good to Know

  • Some locations will not have access to wi-fi or cellphone services (including local cell phone providers).

Living Arrangements 

Students will stay in a hotel while in Asuncion with breakfast provided. Students will also participate in homestays (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. Accommodations in Tobati and at the Reserva will be at hotels/lodges.

Program Dates 

This program will next be offered Summer 2021 - please monitor for updates on official dates.


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

Students register for 3 credits of undergraduate or graduate credit. Students choose one of the following:   

  • SW 4900: Special Topics in Social Work (3 OHIO credits)
  • SW 5900: Special Topics in Social Work (3 OHIO credits)
  • SW 6900: Special Topics in Social Work (3 OHIO credits)


The program fee for this program includes: Student accommodations, some group meals, excursions, airport pickup, and international medical health insurance.

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 3 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below is the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Please monitor this webpage for cost information for the 2021 program.

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • Non-resident surcharge waived for the credit hours associated with this program. 
  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 

Funding Opportunities 

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages. 

College of Health Sciences and Professions students are invited to apply for a Global Health Travel Award for this program. 

Eligibility and Requirements 

This program application is open to all majors from all OHIO colleges, though priority will be given to social work majors and graduate students. Spanish language experience preferred. 

All participants are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500 (to be credited to student’s program fees) as part of the acceptance process.  

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad.  Click here to read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have a at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

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. Some countries also require a visa to legally enter or reside in the country. Entry and exit requirements can be found  here

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document 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 or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens  can be found  here.  


Post-Nomination Checklist

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