Guatemala Study and Serve

Newman University Guatemala Study and Serve trip in 2009 Newman University Guatemala Study and Serve students gather at a cross on top of a mountain

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Study Abroad Film Project

 Live with host families, serve with the Sisters of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC) and their teams on health, educational and environmental projects, enjoy individual instruction, meet students from around the world, hike volcanoes, climb Mayan pyramids and deepen your understanding of Central American history and culture. Learn the stories of courageous church and community leaders and build relationships that will change you and your worldview.

What We'll Be Doing

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 to study Spanish language, history, social reality and culture in the city of Quetzaltenango, or Xela as it´s known locally. Along with five hours of personal instruction a day, our five weeks in Xela includes site visits, films, speakers, salsa lessons, Masses, hikes, soccer, service projects and individual host families. After 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.

Do You Have What It Takes?

  • A positive attitude, patience and sense of humor
  • An adventuresome spirit
  • Friendliness and genuine interest in others
  • Willingness to fail, ask for help and try again
  • Compassion and openness to listen
  • Respect for rules/guidelines and the ability to follow instructions
  • Humility and an open, grateful heart
  • Determination and a strong work ethic
  • Both self-reliance and cooperation
  • Ability to suspend judgment while learning
  • Courage to try new things
  • Commitment to learning Spanish
  • Willingness and ability to walk substantial distances
  • Faith/spirituality and respect for other traditions
  • Desire to serve others
  • Ability to laugh at yourself again and again

Program Costs: $5000*


  • Newman University Tuition & Fees for 7-9 credit hours
  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Housing and 3 meals a day with host families 7 days a week
  • Individual instruction at language school
  • Program excursions and activities
  • Shuttles between cities, Tikal package (includes flights/hotel)
  • Shared accommodations on overnight excursions
  • Most 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 $3700 must be paid before our departure in May. Make all payments to your NU student account, designated for Guatemala 2013.

*Price guaranteed if payment deadlines met. 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 (~$35), baggage fees, phone cards, extra snacks and credits above 9 hours.


  • 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 Selected Topics in Spanish*
  • 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. Current NU students should enroll in SPAN 4883A Guatemala Pre-Departure for SPRING 2013.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following to Tiffany Perkins in the Humanities Office, McNeill 318A:

  • Receipt for $1000 nonrefundable deposit by Dec. 1


Please contact:

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