Introduction to Human Communication Studies,
with Guatemala enhancement, offers a uniquely
rewarding academic, humanitarian, and
cross-cultural experience. During the week
before Spring semester 2011, students will
travel to Guatemala to learn, work, and explore
at the Hope of Life mission. During the regular
Spring semester, essential human communication
contexts (interpersonal, small group,
organizational, public, and intercultural) will
be applied deeply to the enhancement experience.
During the enhancement week, participants will
travel to Guatemala City by plane and take
ground transportation to the Hope of Life
mission in Llano Verde, a town in the county of
Rio Hondo within the state of Zacapa. Along the
journey, students will experience both the
scenic Guatemalan mountain views and the stark
living conditions of some of the native people
that the host organization serves.
Students receive credit in
one of two ways:
Introduction to Human (4
credits). Communication Studies.
Meets General Education IIIA and IIIC. Open to
ALL majors. Coursework includes lectures,
readings, assignments, and experiences.
Attendance is required.
Travel and Semester Enrollment Notice:
The travel enhancement for this course occurs in
January 2011 before the official start of the
course in the Spring 2011 semester. Students who
wish to earn credit for CMAT 101 with Guatemala
enhancement will need to register for the
appropriate Spring course during the open
2) CMAT 492: Independent Study (1 credit).
Students who are not interested in the full 4
credit spring course, may take a 1 credit
independent study that just involves the
academic work completed during the duration of
the program in Guatemala. Prerequisite:
Permission of Instructor.
Students will remain on-site at Hope of Life, a
service organization for the surrounding
impoverished villages. It was established in
1989, beginning with a home for the elderly.
Currently on-site is an orphanage, housing
around 75 children and a nutrition center for 25
infants. Additionally, there is a school,
Liberty College, which serves 500 children in
grades pre-k through high school. Agriculture
on-site currently consists of tilapia farms,
lime orchards and greenhouses. Off-site, the
organization and its sponsors build small homes
for the reconstruction of poverty-stricken
villages and recent mudslide victims. Hope of
Life also manages a donation warehouse that
supports 27 orphanages throughout the country.
Their feeding centers provide hot meals at least
three times a week in various villages.
Students have the opportunity to apply
communication concepts with hands-on projects
including building, landscaping, food
distribution, recreational activities with
children, and presenting American cultural
programs. Most importantly, students have
invaluable interaction with people of all ages
from another culture. This experience allows
students to cross cultural boundaries on
multiple levels, while caring for those less
Estimated Costs Worksheet
(varies by individual)
(varies by individual)
Students will be housed in accommodations provided by
Hope of Life and will have access to an outdoor pool and
miles of mountainous trails for walking. Meals are also
provided by the host organization, including American
and Guatemalan recipes.
$2000. Price includes international airfare,
housing and meals, and travel support by the
Admission is competitive and enrollment is
limited. Students will be admitted on a
rolling basis until the program is full.
The application deadline is
October 1, 2010.
Students should also submit
the following directly to the program director:
a completed faculty recommendation form from a faculty member
who knows the student well (Recommendation
form available here).