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Guatemala

Spanish Language Intensive (2-week)

A 2-Week Summer Abroad Program

Duration
15 Days
Description

Improve your Spanish while living in community: travel through diverse landscapes, work with meaningful grassroots projects, and improve your language skills through personalized instruction and homestays.

summer
Jun 28 - Jul 12, 2024
summer
Jul 17 - Jul 31, 2024
Group Size (4:1 Ratio)

12 Students
3 Instructors

Tuition

$5,350

Plus airfare & insurance

  • 2 Spaces
  • 2 Spaces
Suggested Ages

15-17

Tuition Details

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TIKAL

COBAN

TODOS SANTOS

SAN JUAN LA LAGUNA

Program Overview

OUR GUATEMALA PROGRAM OFFERS THE PERFECT MELD OF INTENSIVE LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION, LEARNING SERVICE, AND CULTURAL IMMERSION.


In the Cuchumatanes Mountains, a young woman rises to grind corn on a stone petate, and along Avenida Reforma, businessmen tuck into air-conditioned office buildings. Students explore this country of contrasts where steamy jungles rise to meet towering volcanic peaks and traditional forms of dress walk alongside Armani suites.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Deepen your Spanish language skills through personalized instruction and an extended homestay on Lake Atitlán.
  • Explore the vibrant colors, flavors, and ancestral landscapes of the Maya people.
  • Support community projects and social justice movements through a range of learning service

In the Cuchumatanes Mountains, a young woman rises to grind corn on a stone petate, and along Avenida Reforma, businessmen tuck into air-conditioned office buildings. Students explore this country of contrasts where steamy jungles rise to meet towering volcanic peaks and traditional forms of dress walk alongside Armani suites.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Deepen your Spanish language skills through personalized instruction and an extended homestay on Lake Atitlán.
  • Explore the vibrant colors, flavors, and ancestral landscapes of the Maya people.
  • Support community projects and social justice movements through a range of learning service initiatives.

Our course begins in Antigua, where we explore colorful markets, hike through coffee plantations and begin our first Spanish lessons. We ride the infamous camioneta—a colorful and chromed-out version of a 1990s Blue Byrd school bus—to the sparkling shores of sacred Lake Atitlan, and settle in for a week of homestays at our program base in the town of San Juan la Laguna.  In the mornings, we participate in intensive language instruction at a local school, and in the afternoons we immerse ourselves in Tz’utujil culture through independent projects and time with gracious host families.

Crossing the lake to the town of San Lucas Toliman, we engage in a service project at the Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute, learning about traditional agriculture and the ethics of service engagement in an intercultural context.

Our final leg takes us into the cloud forests of the highlands where we hike, rest in hammocks, converse with our new Spanish vocabulary, and reflect on all we’ve learned about indigenous rights and Guatemala’s grassroots revolutionaries.

Hear more from our Director of Programming in this recent webinar.

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Program Components

4/5
Religious & Spiritual Traditions

The syncretism of Catholicism and Maya spirituality, the rise of Evangelical Protestantism, Maya cosmovision, and indigenous cycles of time.

3/5
Social & Environmental Justice

Modernization and globalization, impact of education and tourism on indigenous culture, free trade, exploration of minority empowerment issues.

3/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Cultural survival and change in a globalized society.

4/5
Homestay

An extended individual home-stay where students live with a host family, practice their language skills, and are immersed in daily life.

4/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

ISPs facilitated throughout. Options include traditional weaving and textiles, Maya spirituality, medicinal plants, sustainable agriculture, painting and the arts, and exploration of socio-political issues.

4/5
Language Study

1 week of one-on-one interactive instruction, three to four hours a day; language immersion opportunities throughout.

3/5
Learning Service

Volunteering in schools, clinics, and farms. Tree planting with the Chico Mendes project. Approximately 20 hours of service credit earned.

3/5
Rugged Travel

"Chicken bus," truck, and boat travel. Hikes to remote villages.

2/5
Trekking

2-day overnight trek plus multiple day hikes through cloud forests and volcanos.