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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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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 Alternative Break 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 13- day cultural experience through homestays and by participating in Mayan Ceremonies. This is an Alternative Break program, co-sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer programs.
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 Centro Maya in San Juan la Laguna
  • Visit to a Mayan Ceremony
  • Temascal (a hot sauna)
All participants will pay a program fee of $2,934 to WCU which includes all 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 round-trip airfare (estimated around $650), passport fees, and immunizations.
Students will be eligible to apply for the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Program's Alternative Break Scholarship. Applications will be available early in the spring semester.

Through our collaborating institution, Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and Experience, students are eligible to apply for the Mary Witt Scholarship and the Yackel Endowed Scholarship (both have deadlines of January 15th). **Please note that you should apply and wait until you are accepted to the study abroad program before applying for either of these scholarships.

Participants are also encouraged to apply for additional study abroad scholarships, grants, and awards listed on the CIP Scholarship website.

Learn more about what it means to participate in an Alternative Break program by visiting the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Program's website

Dr. Dawn Patterson
Jessica Huff (student trip leader)

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