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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Bellingham, Washington, United States;
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 05/18/2018 ** Rolling Admission 05/19/2018 07/30/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study: Culture, Geography & Land Studies, Service Learning, Spanish Housing Options: Homestay
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:
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Guatemala: Building Cross-Cultural Connections

CSD 437: Building Cross-Cultural Connections (10 credits)


Program Dates:

Pre-trip retreat:
May 19, 2018; on campus from approximately 9am-1pm
On-campus pre-trip session:
June 26-29, AIC-East; approximately 9am-1pm each day
Travel Dates:
July 1 - July 30

Itinerary: Schedule for Guatemala 2018.pdf

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Program Details:

This 5 week service-learning trip will explore the culture, language, and geography of Guatemala. The service-learning project will include supporting a primary school for children with diverse learning needs. We will study the language and culture from native Guatemalans. On the weekends, we will travel the countryside and meet people from diverse backgrounds, and we will visit a variety of natural wonders.  guatemala - student photo

Course Highlights:

  • Climbing an active volcano,
  • exploring the beautiful waters of Lake Atitlan,
  • walking the streets of Antigua to learn about the rich culture of Guatemala,
  • visiting Mayan ruins,
  • and traveling to a variety of other historically and ecologically significant sites throughout the country.

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Michael R. Fraas is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Science and Disorders. He obtained his B.A. from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Fraas’ areas of research interest include cognitive rehabilitation following acquired brain injury, examining the needs of brain injury survivors through narrative-based methods, and the impact of concussion on cognitive and motor speech performance.

Phone: 360-650-7536
Office Location: AIC 374

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Program Cost

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