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7 weeks: May 23 - July 12, 2014
Students will learn about the people
and culture of Guatemala, will participate in a service learning experience,
will learn/enhance Spanish language skills, and will experience the
socio-cultural environment of Guatemala through a homestay with a local family.
The program is designed for social work majors or minors or students who are
looking for ways to get involved in the variety of agencies and programs
available in the communities around Lake Atitlán.
It is estimated that 80% of the
population of Guatemala earns about $2 a day. Discussion in the program will
explore the link between poverty and health, child welfare, education,
environment and other consequences. In addition, we will explore the lingering
effects of the Civil War, discrimination, and ongoing recovery efforts from
Hurricane Stan (2005) and Tropical Storm Agatha (2010).
Cost of this seven-week program can be found in the above Budget Sheet. Early application is advisable for all NC State Summer
Lake Atitlán is one of the most
majestic and scenic spots in all of Latin America. Ringed by dormant volcanoes
and about a mile in elevation, Lake Atitlán was formed out of an ancient
volcanic basin. Dotting the shores of the lake are a dozen small villages
inhabited by the contemporary descendants of the ancient Maya. This area is one
of the best places in the country to learn about this amazingly durable and
vibrant Mayan culture.
Panajachel is the largest town, with
a population of 8,000, and is the headquarters for the program. The view of the
lake from Panajachel is magnificent and attracts many tourists.
Students will explore the area
during the program, as the program will focus on the impact of a variety of
social welfare issues on the cultural, social and physical environment in the
communities around Lake Atitlán.
As a major component of this
program, all students will spend four hours each afternoon for the first two
weeks working one-on-one with a Spanish language teacher. Mornings will be
spent at service-learning placements, visiting local agencies, listening to
guest lecturers, or working on projects for class. Students will work full-time
in the service-learning placement during the last five weeks. Students
earn 6 hours of social work class credit at either the BSW or MSW
level. This course meets the Global Knowledge (GK) general education
SW 440/540 International Learning
Experience In Social Work (6 CH)
Students will spend time each week
as part of a service learning work experience in a governmental,
non-governmental, neighborhood or community organization. Students will spend
time each day in a direct hands-on learning experience in an agency or
organization. An account of this experience is required via a reflective
journal and PowerPoint presentation.
During the program each student will
be housed with a Guatemalan family in one of the communities around the lake.
Students will receive lodging, breakfast, lunch, and dinner and laundry
services. Families help students learn Spanish and establish networks in the
During excursions, students will
lodge in hotels, two to a room, and a meal allowance will be provided.
We arrange an three-night excursion
after the language classes are over (Thursday through Sunday) to
Antigua. We participate in a tour or group service learning project at the
God's Child Project. We have arranged a variety of day-trip excursions for
students, which may include: Iximche Ruins, Patzun for
Corpus Christi, Chichicastenango for a Market Day, and Santa Lucia to visit a
project with widows of the civil war.In addition, there is an eco-hike from San Marcos to Santa Cruz and a
zipline activity in the local nature reserve.
Financial aid may be available to help qualified NC State students meet
the expenses of NC State study abroad programs. Students from other
institutions should contact their home institution study abroad and financial
aid offices for information. For additional funding, NC State students should
consider applying for a study abroad scholarship from the Study Abroad Office.
The Guatemala program is co-led by
NC State faculty Linda Williams, Director of BSW Program, and Kathy Osborne,
BSW Field Director, both in the Department of Social Work.
For further information contact:
Prof. Linda Williams email@example.com
(Preferred form of communication)
Department of Social Work
Phone: (919) 513-1989
University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case
of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student
withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please
refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates / Deadlines:
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