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* WWU Global Learning Program: Summer, Guatemala- Building Cross-Cultural Connections
Antigua, Guatemala; Bellingham, Washington, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Budget Sheets Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2016 05/30/2016 ** Rolling Admission 06/21/2016 07/25/2016

** 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.
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Program Type: Global Learning Faculty-led
Language of Instruction:
Fields of Study:
Service Learning, Spanish Housing Options: Homestay
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Program Description:
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Global Learning

Guatemala: Building Cross-Cultural Connections

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


Pre-departure session dates:
June 21 - 26 (on campus summer session meetings)
Travel dates: June 26 - July 25

This 5 week service-learning trip will explore the culture, language, and geography of Guatemala. Service-learning projects will include building houses for local families, teaching language and literacy to primary school children, and volunteering in a clinic for malnourished infants. 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 nature wonders.

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Program Details

Join Western faculty and students and travel through Guatemala’s cities, villages, terrain and vast archeological sites. Converse and learn about daily life with local community members. Course highlights for this Global Learning Faculty-led Program to Guatemala are:

  • Climbing an active volcano,

  • a boat ride across the beautiful waters of Lake Atitlan,

  • walking the streets of Antigua to explore the rich Guatemalan culture,

  • visiting the Mayan ruins of Copan in neighboring Honduras,

  • and swimming in the sweet waters of the Rio Dulce.

Click here for a detailed itinerary: Itinerary 2016.pdf

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Michael R. Fraas is an Assistant 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 Ratings:
Academic Experience: 1 2 3 4
Program Value: 1 2 3 4 5
Housing Experience: 1 2 3 4
Cultural Immersion: 1 2 3 4 5
Program Administration: 1 2 3 4 5
Overall Experience: 1 2 3 4 5
How could this program be improved in the future?
I would reccommend exploring volunteer programs in Guatemala, apart from Nuestros Ajihados (God's Child project).  It seemed that they were very unorganized, not letting us know about our host family situation until a few days before we showed up and often when we showed up to volunteer at the school they would be busy working with other groups.  I would also recomend having more housing.  All 16 of us were in a apartment with only one host family who did not live there; it was a bit too much.
     — Elizabeth Noonan, Summer 2014
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