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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Copal AA La Esperanza, Guatemala; Copalaa La Esperanza Coban Alta Verapaz, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring Semester
Fact Sheet:
Type of Program:
Faculty-led Minimum Language Requirement: None
Minimum GPA:
2.5 or by Professor Permission Prerequisite(s): Honors or WRC Students
Pre-travel class meetings: Seven (7) pre-travel classes College: Honors College
Credits: 3 credits Class Standing: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:

GuatemalaHON

Program Description

Education for Liberation and Sustainability in Indigenous Guatemala

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SPRING BREAK 2020. SEE HOW TO APPLY TAB FOR MORE INFORMATION.

How do the Maya of Guatemala use education for liberation and sustainability? What are the relationships between education, democracy, and freedom? These questions will guide our work in this semester course that begins in Boone and ventures to Guatemala over Spring Break. Copal AA La Esperanza is a vibrant indigenous Maya community in the highlands of Guatemala. The community was formed in 1996 when members returned to Guatemala after living as refugees from the Guatemalan Civil War for more than a decade. The residents have spent the last 20 years rebuilding their lives, caring for their people and their place, and advocating for positive change for Guatemala’s indigenous communities. Among the community’s proudest achievements is the development of a highly progressive middle school that emphasizes sustainability, youth leadership and advocacy, and Mayan identity development. On this program, you will learn about contemporary Mayan culture through homestays with indigenous families, volunteering alongside local middle school students in reforestation projects, and participating in community conversations. Come continue your journey as an advocate for positive change and experience a powerful example of how one community is using education to promote equity and dignity in human relations and sustainability for the planet.  

 

Courses

HON 2515-XXX – Education as the Practice of Freedom – 3 credit hours

Program Cost

All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Online and evening workshops are available on (TBD). For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

Paid to Appalachian State
  3 credits  
App Tuition & Fees1 Student Accounts  
Program Cost2 $1,941.03  
1Tuition and fees for Fall and Spring semester programs are included in your normal semester charges.  Exact tuition charges are determined by a student’s status by semester and credits to date for their major.  Please go to this link to determine what tuition and fees you will be charged based on your individual status.
2Program Cost includes airfare, in-country program transportation, lodging, international health and evacuation insurance, program events, most meals, and OIED/CCS and Health administrative fees.


Estimated Additional Costs
  Summer
Meals $40
Personal Expenses1 $100-200
Visa2 $0
Passport $150
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Some non-US citizens may need to apply for a visa prior to entering Guatemala. 

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted. 
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheet.

Payment Schedule

  Amount Date Due
Deposit $300 Submit with application
1st Payment $820.51 12/11/19
2nd Payment $820.52 1/31/20

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.

Financial Aid

If you plan to use any form of financial aid (loans, grants, scholarships) to participate in a short-term, faculty-led education abroad program, we strongly recommend that you take the following steps before applying to the program:
  1. Complete your FAFSA for the academic year in which the program is offered. Please be mindful of Financial Aid deadlines!
  2. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website at http://financialaid.appstate.edu/study-abroad. Read all the information carefully and print the Study Abroad Agreement Form for the appropriate term that you are requesting an increase in financial aid due to studying abroad.
  3. Go to the Office of Financial Aid on the second floor of the JET Building to discuss your financial aid eligibility with Kim Overcash or Laura Sullivan PRIOR to applying to the program.

Scholarships

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 


For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.

Dates

Program Itinerary

The international component of this course will run from March 7 to March 14, 2020.

Pre-Program Meetings

Seven pre-program meetings; dates and times during the spring semester TBD.


Post-Program Meetings

Seven pre-program meetings; dates and times during the spring semester TBD.
 

Program Leaders

Dr. Greg McClure
Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
Reich College of Education
mccluregs@appstate.edu

Mr. Jeff Goodman
Senior Lecturer, Curriculum and Instruction
Reich College of Education
goodmanjm@appstate.edu


 

How to Apply

  1. CONTACT THE FACULTY DIRECTOR(S) TO DISCUSS THE PROGRAM
  2. SUBMIT YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
    • Log in to AppalNET/Banner Self-Service.
    • Select the "Direct Link to Web Self-Service" using your AppState username and password.
    • Select the Student Tab.
    • Scroll down and click on the "Faculty-Led Study Abroad Application Packet*" link.
    • Select the program-specific application form from the programs drop-down menu.
    • Fill out, save, and submit the online application.
  3. PRINT, SIGN, AND DATE THE PAPER APPLICATION FORM
  4. PAY THE NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT
    • Walk to the Office of Student Accounts, located on the 2nd floor of the John E. Thomas building.
    • Give the name and term of your program to the Cashier who will look up the deposit charge on your account (e.g., Poland COM Summer 1).Pay the non-refundable deposit by check, cash, debit card, or money order. Please note that Student Accounts can no longer accept credit card payments in person, but they can take credit card payments online. Online credit and debit card payments are subject to a non-refundable 2.75% transaction fee.
  5. BRING YOUR SIGNED PAPER APPLICATION TO OIED
    • Walk to the Office of International Education and Development (OIED), located on the 3rd floor of Plemmons Student
         Union, Suite 321.
    • OIED will make your enrollment official upon reception of your signed paper application and verification of deposit payment.
All students are strongly urged to attend a Faculty-led Study Abroad Financial Workshop prior to submitting the signed application to OIED. These workshops are held throughout the semester. We will answer your questions about program payment schedule, cancellation policy, financial aid and other funding sources, financial planning, and other related topics. ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BE HELD IN THE PLEMMONS STUDENT UNION. Evening workshops are also available. For workshop dates and to register for a workshop, please click here.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
You will NOT be enrolled in the program until you have completed all 5 steps above.

You are strongly encouraged to share the information contained in the Faculty-Led Education Abroad Program Online Student Application Form with your family and loved ones (including the Student Handbook), before submitting your application.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION:

Programs are open until full. If a program is full, the Faculty-led Education Abroad Program online student application form for that program will be deactivated and you will no longer be able to apply. The application deadline is 01/16/2020 but applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to apply early.

Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.



Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.