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*WCU Summer in Guatemala: Cross-Cultural Educational Experience
Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala; Quetzaltenango, Guatemala; Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Summer
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Restrictions: WCU applicants only
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Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Host Family/Homestay, Hotel/Hostel
Area of Study: Education, Spanish Culture Program Type: Service Learning, WCU Faculty/Staff-Led Program Abroad
Credit Type: No Credit Available to Non-WCU Students?: No
Faculty/Staff Director: Beatrice Adera, Dawn Patterson College: Education & Social Work
Program Description:
Program Description:
This exciting summer service-learning program is open to students across the university (e.g., communication studies and disorders, social work, counseling, education, special education) interested in fostering a sense of civic responsibility, social justice, community involvement, exposure to local culture and language and to create an opportunity to broaden their global perspective and identity. In Guatemala, students will have an opportunity to actively engage in the community to make a direct impact on those within special education schools. Not only will students develop an emotional attachment to the country but also the individuals within each of the centers. Students will be immersed in a 14- day cultural experience through homestays and by participating in Mayan Ceremonies, traditional cleansing sauna (temescal), and walking tours. 
Flights arrive and depart from Guatemala City. We will travel to Santiago Atitlán, Quetzaltenango, and Antigua.
Participants will mostly be housed in shared rooms in guesthouses and hotels (2-3 students per room). In Quetzaltenango, students will have the unique opportunity to spend 4 nights in a homestay with a local family (2 participants per family).
Program will be conducted in English. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required.
This is a non-credit service-learning program.
  • Walking tour of Santiago Atitlan with information on the history of Guatemala
  • Visit to Panajachel
  • Visit to a Mayan Ceremony
  • Temascal (a hot sauna)
  • Talk on Guatemalan immigration
  • Day in Antigua
All participants will pay a program fee of $3,900 to WCU which includes round-trip airfare to Guatemala, all housing accommodations, meals, excursions, in-country transportation, and insurance. All participants will also be billed the non-refundable $100 study abroad application fee through the WCU Bursar bill upon applying to the program. There is no tuition fee for this program, as it is non-credit.
Not included in the costs listed above are the passport fees and immunizations.
This program has received the Global Rams Initiative designation for 2019-2020, which allows for underrepresented minority students that participate in this program the opportunity to apply for the WCU Global Rams Initiative Scholarship for Study Abroad. All students are also encouraged to review the Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Travel Awards listed on the Center for International Programs website.  

Dr. Dawn Patterson

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This program is currently not accepting applications.