Guatemala Study Tour
Earn credits while studying in Guatemala.
December 27, 2013 – January 12, 2014
Enroll in the course of your choice:
Spanish 1, 2, 3, or 4 (4 credits)
No previous Spanish required for Spanish 1 students
Language classes at Casa Xelajú (“Shay-la-Hoo”) are held Monday through Friday, 8 am - 1 pm, with small group instruction of two to five students per teacher (occasionally one-on-one). Casa Xelajú is a socially responsible educational institute promoting cross-cultural understanding through its Spanish, K’iche (“Quiche”) languages, cultural programs, social projects, internships, and volunteer work. Wonderful cultural activities are available each afternoon. Service and/or volunteer activities are an important, integrated portion of the trip. Five or six afternoons during the trip will be spent in one of the activities, which will vary each year. For more information on Casa Xelajú: www.casaxelaju.com
Service Learning (3 credits)
Through volunteer work, students gain insight into social issues and problems facing Guatemala and help to contribute to their solutions, while at the same time gaining valuable educational experience. The programs that Casa Xelajú supports are in turn enhanced by the abilities, energy, and goodwill that volunteers bring, thus strengthening the bonds between social work, educational institutions, and cultural organizations.
You must be conversationally fluent in Spanish to enroll in Service Learning.
This year students who enroll in service learning will volunteer with the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project, which was initiated in 1998 to contribute to the reforestation of the largely deforested Guatemalan Western Highland Mountains. Activities may include collecting and planting seeds, mixing soil, tilling the ground, or other reforestation-related efforts.
Quetzaltenango, known locally as Xela ("Shay-la”), is the second largest city in Guatemala with a population of 300,000. It is located 130 miles west of Guatemala City, and its altitude of 8,000 feet above sea level ensures warm days, cool nights, and no mosquitoes.
Xela is laced with narrow cobblestone streets built for walking, and filled with the colorful signs of Mayan culture. The city has a rich history and with its six universities and several technical schools, it is often referred to as Guatemala’s cultural center and most progressive city.
- Airfare out of Wausau and ground transportation in Guatemala
- Two nights hotel stay - first night (Guatemala City) and last night (Antigua)
- Tuition to Casa Xelajú
- Accommodations with a Guatemalan family - you will be matched with a family based on your interests and preferences, have a private bedroom, and be provided three meals a day, Monday through Saturday
- Daily cultural activities
- Guided weekend travel excursion
- Free unlimited internet access
- Group dinner the last night in Guatemala
- Nicolet College credit for the course selected
- Emergency medical and evacuation/repatriation insurance
Price Per Person
- Trip Fee: $2,000.00
- Plus Tuition: Spanish 1-4: $690.60
Service Learning: $518.95
- $300 non-refundable deposit required with application (applied towards
- Payment plans are available
- Students withdrawing after October 1st will not be eligible for a refund.
- Fall 2013 Financial Aid may be used.
- See your Financial Aid Advisor right away