Guatemala Study and Serve

Guatemala Study trip
Guatemala Study trip
Guatemala Study trip

Upcoming Trip: Guatemala Study & Serve 2015 (May 26 - July 16)

Are you ready for a challenge?

Newman University invites you to engage the whole you in one of the most powerful experiences of your college career.

We´ll kick off the summer volunteering with the Sisters of the Adorers (ASC) in their health and education projects near Guatemala City. Next, we’ll visit beautiful Lake Atitlán to witness the courage of local people in their struggle for justice and walk where Oklahoma priest Father Stanley Rother served and sacrificed his life. Next, we´re off to the western mountains for five weeks to study Spanish language, history, social reality and culture in the city of Quetzaltenango, or Xela as it´s locally known. Along with five hours of personal instruction a day, our weeks in Xela include site visits, films, speakers, salsa lessons, masses, hikes, soccer, service projects and individual host families. After exams and the last writing assignments are in, we’ll fly north to the Mayan ruins of Tikal, spending two days hiking, learning and relaxing in the jungle before returning to Guatemala City for our journey home.

Amid our language and cultural immersion, we’ll gather for La Noche Newman, a time to reflect and support each other throughout the program. As we build relationships with one another and with our local hosts, we will trace connections to the ASC, the Catholic tradition, our own nation and global community. We hope you’ll join us.

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  • SPAN 1014 Elem. I
  • SPAN 1024 Elem. II*
  • SPAN 2013 Interm. I*
  • SPAN 3012 Adv. I*
  • SPAN 2043 Conversation I *
  • SPAN 3883 Field Experience (Service & Culture)
  • SPAN 4883 Spanish for Medical Professions*
  • SPAN 4993 Independent Study in Spanish*

*Pre-requisites apply. 7-9 credits possible depending on level. Contact Sonja Bontrager for course selection; placement test may be required. Additional course offerings for advanced students. Current NU students should enroll in SPAN 4883A Guatemala Pre-Departure for SPRING 2015.

How to Apply

Please submit the following to Tiffany Perkins in the Humanities Office, McNeill 318A:

Program Cost: $5,000* Includes:

  • Newman University Tuition & Fees for 7-9 credit hours
  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Housing and 3 meals a day with host families 7 days a week for duration of program
  • Individual instruction at language school
  • Service week, program excursions & activities
  • Shuttles between cities, Tikal package (includes flights/hotel)
  • Shared accommodations on overnight excursions
  • Meals on excursions
  • Onsite support from NU faculty
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance
  • A non-refundable $1000 deposit is due by December 1st (airfare and reservations). Balance of $4000 must be paid before our departure in May. Make all payments to your NU student account, designated for Guatemala 2015.

*Price contingent on meeting payment deadlines. Late applications and submission of documents may incur late fees. Additional expenses include textbooks, passport fee, laundry ($3/load), occasional taxi ($5), internet cafés ($2/hour, free at school), optional cell phone ($30), baggage fees, phone cards, extra snacks and credits above 9 hours.

Do you have what it takes?

  • A positive attitude, patience and sense of humor
  • Friendliness and genuine interest in others
  • Willingness to fail, ask for help and try again
  • Compassion and openness to listen
  • Conscientious respect for rules/guidelines and the ability to follow instructions
  • Humility and an open, grateful heart
  • Determination and a strong work ethic
  • Self-reliance and cooperation
  • Ability to suspend judgment while learning
  • Courage to try new things
  • Commitment to learning Spanish
  • Willingness and ability to walk and hike
  • Respect for faith/spirituality and other traditions
  • Desire to serve and learn from others

Please contact:

Sonja Bontrager
Assistant Professor of Spanish
Office: McNeill 312
Newman University
3100 McCormick
Wichita, KS 67213
316.942.4291 ext. 2158