Service-Learning in Language, Culture, and Education

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May 5 - June 1, 2024

Enrollment limit


Course fee


Included in course fee

Fees include room and board in Antigua, Guatemala and during multi-day trips to various regions of the country. Spanish or Kaqchikel Mayan language instruction. International health insurance. Instructional fees.  

Beyond course fee

Airfare, required vaccinations, and personal expenses are not included.

Course Description

This course is open to all students, regardless of major, and to students with all levels of Spanish. The course is for students who are interested in cultural, linguistic, and educational issues concerning children. Experiential learning, self-reflection, and discussion are used to help students foster an understanding of cultural and societal differences in educational approaches and practices, including language development issues (e.g., bilingualism and language-learning differences and disabilities). Cultural differences in language socialization practices are also explored. Students work individually or in small groups with children who speak Spanish, and improve their Spanish conversational skills (through home-stays, volunteer experiences, and Spanish language classes). Proficient Spanish speakers deepen their understanding of first language acquisition in children who speak Spanish and learn the Kaqchikel Mayan language. Students complete service work, reading, discussion, journal entries, and a short written project and participate in multi-day trips to various regions of Guatemala.

Applicable LAIs 

LAI requirements: CER, ESS, CPI

Counts as social science course for Latin American Studies (LAST) major or minor