Guatemala Summer Travel Immersion Spanish Service Homestay Adventure Culture Latin America Abroad International Program

Guatemala

Spanish Language Intensive (2-Week)

A 2-Week Summer Abroad Program

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Duration
15 Days
Description

Immerse yourself in the colorful tapestry of life in the Maya heartland while improving your Spanish language skills and engaging in community projects.

Session A Dates

Jun 28 - Jul 12, 2021


Session A Availability

open

Session B Dates

Jul 14 - Jul 28, 2020


Session B Availability

open

Number of Participants

12


Suggested Ages

13-14

Spring Begins In

57 Weeks

Fall Begins In

7 Weeks

Land Cost

$4,350


Estimated Flight Cost

$970

San Juan La Laguna

Antigua

Pachaj

Program Overview

Morning breaks with a chorus of sounds and colors.


The horns and shouts from colorful early morning buses compete with the ringing of church bells as the daily bustle begins in the streets of Antigua, Guatemala. Vendors take to the streets selling fresh coffee and tortillas as students and business owners begin their daily walking commutes down the cobblestone roads. Meanwhile in the countryside, men and women wake well before the sun peaks the volcanic horizon to say daily prayers and then begin the tasks of splitting wood, grinding corn and tending to the fields. Guatemala is a land of contrasts, where ancient traditions are woven together with modern trends to form a vibrant and diverse tapestry.

Designed for younger travelers, students on the Guatemala two-week language course access the traditions, knowledge and history of the people though immersion in the Spanish language.*

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Deepen your Spanish language skills through personalized instruction and homestay immersion
  • Explore the vibrant…

The horns and shouts from colorful early morning buses compete with the ringing of church bells as the daily bustle begins in the streets of Antigua, Guatemala. Vendors take to the streets selling fresh coffee and tortillas as students and business owners begin their daily walking commutes down the cobblestone roads. Meanwhile in the countryside, men and women wake well before the sun peaks the volcanic horizon to say daily prayers and then begin the tasks of splitting wood, grinding corn and tending to the fields. Guatemala is a land of contrasts, where ancient traditions are woven together with modern trends to form a vibrant and diverse tapestry.

Designed for younger travelers, students on the Guatemala two-week language course access the traditions, knowledge and history of the people though immersion in the Spanish language.*

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Deepen your Spanish language skills through personalized instruction and homestay immersion
  • Explore the vibrant colors, flavors, and ancestral landscapes of the Maya people.
  • Support community projects while learning first-hand about Guatemala’s contemporary history

The course begins with an orientation outside of the colonial city of Antigua, where students are introduced to the social and political issues that have shaped this Central American nation. From here we travel to the town of Pachaj, near Guatemala’s second city of Quetzaltenango. In Pachaj we delve into the intricacies of contemporary Mayan life by living with local families and studying Spanish at the Ixim Ulew Spanish School. We also begin to explore themes of service and ecology by working with the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project.

From Pachaj we trek for three days through the misty highlands to the volcano-ringed Lake Atitlan, known as one of the most beautiful lakes on earth. Here we live with Tz’utujil Mayan families in the town of San Juan la Laguna, a tranquil artisan community on the shores of the lake where our program is based.  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.

Finally, we return to the colonial capital of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we walk the cobbled streets and explore the ruins of this Spanish colony, we have ample opportunity to reflect on our experience, refine our Spanish and enjoy the vibrancy of this beautiful city.

*This program has two available sessions: 

Session A: June 28-July 12

Session B: July 14-July 28

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Program Components

2/5
Comparative Religion

The syncretism of Catholicism and Maya spirituality, Maya cosmovision, and cycles of time.

3/5
Development Studies

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

2/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Cultural survival and change in a globalized society.

4/5
Homestay

Home stays in 2 different communities during formal language study.

2/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Opportunities to explore weaving and textiles, farming, Mayan spirituality, medicinal plants and healing, environmental issues, food sovereignty and cooking, and other topics according to student interest.

5/5
Language Study

10 days of one-on-one interactive instruction, four to five hours a day; language immersion throughout.

3/5
Learning Service

Tree planting with the Chico Mendes project, and engagement with the ethics of service learning. Approximately 10 service hours earned.

2/5
Rugged Travel

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

3/5
Trekking

3 day trek from Quetzaltenango to Lake Atitlán. Opportunities for day hikes.