Short-term study abroad courses include an 8- to 10-day international component that takes place during the spring semester.
ECG 200 “Faces of Guatemala and Justice” offers the chance to spend spring break in a Guatemalan town on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan. In preparation for the trip, students study aspects of the history, politics, economics, and culture of the Guatemalan people.
The week-long immersion experience will take place at the internationally recognized San Lucas Toliman Mission.
As part of global engagement in this Mayan community, students will observe first-hand the successful application of Catholic Relief Services’ Integral Human Development model, learn from discussions with community leaders about a wide variety of projects, work alongside community members in coffee production, home construction, and sustainable farming, and participate in many other rich cultural, religious, and educational opportunities.
Following the trip and informed with the knowledge and experience acquired in San Lucas, students will understand the deep connections the United States has to other global communities.
ECG 300 “Working for Justice in Guatemala” combines the study of the United States connections with this Central American country and an immersion experience in San Lucas Toliman Mission, an internationally recognized model of Integral Human Development.
After a thorough preparation concerning the history and culture of Guatemala, students spend spring break in a Guatemalan town on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan.
During the weeklong global community experience, students have the opportunity to learn from community leaders about a wide variety of projects (fair-trade coffee production, home construction, sustainable farming, road improvements, etc.), work alongside community members, and participate in many other rich cultural, religious, and educational opportunities.
Upon return, students consult with Catholic Relief Services and learn how to promote and advocate for Integral Human Development in Guatemala. This aspect of the course might involve advocacy in Congress regarding long-term development aid or by organizing and leading fair-trade projects.
Professors Raquel Green and Jerry Zurek will accompany you on all aspects of the trip.
For further information, contact Study Abroad Coordinator Nick Uliano, Ed.D., at 610-902-8383 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that if you have already taken your ECG courses, you may choose to take either Guatemala course as an elective.