Contemporary Mental Health, Social and Cultural Issues is a course designed to expose students interested in counseling, psychology, or social work to mental health and social justice concerns that currently pervade Guatemalan culture. These include, but are not limited to: the effects of 30 years of civil war; concerns of indigenous peoples; oppression within Central America, especially with regard to Guatemalans and native Mayans; the effects of poverty on mental health and wellness; women's issues, particularly around civil and reproductive rights; and the impact of the current political and cultural climate on the children of Guatemala.
Travel dates are May 12-23, 2014. Pre-departure class meetings are March 28, 2014, April 11, 2014, and April 25, 2014 from 2:00-4:00. Post-departure class meeting is June 13, 2014.
One-on-one Spanish classes
Elizabeth Bell Tour of Antigua
Common Hope Service Project
Pacaya Tour and Private Mayan Ceremony
...and much more!
If this sounds like an exciting experience for you, then refer to the following documents for more detailed information about the course and how to apply:
Guatemala Travel Study Application (pdf)
Guatemala Travel Study Announcement (pdf)
Guatemala Travel Study Itinerary (pdf)
Guatemala Travel Study Syllabus (pdf)
"I can honestly say that the travel study to Guatemala was one of the most enriching experiences of my life. I learned so much about the Guatemalan culture, history, people, and current issues. Additionally, I learned a great deal about myself and about the many privileges that I have as a result of living in the United States. My Guatemalan experience will help me to be a more multiculturally competent and effective professional counselor. It was truly a life-changing experience, and I would encourage anyone to go on this amazing journey." Sara Richeson