Summer 2018: June 2-20, 2018
Travel this summer to the beautiful Guatemalan mountain town of Nebaj for an interactive
stay with the local Ixhil Maya community. Under the direction of faculty leaders/researchers
Drs. Michael Hughes and Jule Gomez de Garcia, experience the practical benefits of
Spanish language instruction while enjoying a taste of the traditional Mayan way of
During your time abroad you will:
- Learn basic Maya and opt to perform linguistic fieldwork
- Discover traditional weaving and handicrafts
- Be introduced to Maya farming techniques and medicinal healing
Planned excursions include the following:
- Colonial Antigua
- The bustling market town of Chichicastenango
- A cruise on lovely Lake Atitlan, situated amidst a volcanic basin
- Visits to the mountain towns of Cotzal and Chajul
- Hike to Acul to observe a dairy cooperative
- Concluding field trip to Guatemala City
- Day hikes to local natural waterfalls and ruins
- Day trips to local villages to interact with political/cultural figures
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June 2 - 20
Spanish taught at multiple levels: 101, 102, 201, 202, or 366
MLAN 331: World Languages & Their Speakers; satisfies upper-division Social Science
General Education (DD) requirement
Language of Instruction:
Spanish for the intensive language portion; English for MLAN 331
- Preparation for appropriate level of Spanish
- GPA: 2.75 and above; good academic standing to departure
- Upper-division standing (60 units or more) for enrollment in MLAN 331 for DD credit
- Ability to keep up with physical demands of daily hikes in and around the Maya community
Up to 7 units, comprised of the following:
- Spanish 101 or 102 = 4 units
- Spanish 201, 202, or 366 = 3 units
- MLAN 331/DD (upper-division standing required for enrollment): 3 units
Participants will stay in shared rooms at a local lodge near the Ixhil community center.
Wifi access will be available, though connection speeds are considerably slower than
U.S. standards. Bathrooms are shared.
Healthy, traditional food will be prepared by local families. Special dietary restrictions
can be accommodated.
$2,495 + Extended Learning Fees (estimated at $252-$572)
All fees include tuition, room and board, medical insurance, and local area excursions.
Airfare and personal expenditures are NOT included in the program cost, but estimated at $1,150.
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Please await notification from Global Education before purchasing your airfare. Ideally,
we enjoy holding a pre-departure meeting once the application deadline closes, then
participants may plan their travels together. Always read the fine print concerning
change fees, taxes, luggage restrictions, before booking. Whenever possible, book
directly with an airline.
- Attend an information session led by faculty leaders, Michael Hughes & Jule Gomez
- Fill out the online application materials via the link below. All application materials must be received by Friday, April 13 along with your non-refundable
$300 deposit to the Office of Global Education. Online payment preferred through CashNet. Please be advised to choose E-check and enter your checking account details to
avoid the 2.75% convenience fees applicable to all non-checking account payments.
Cash, checks, and money orders made payable to CSUSM will also be accepted.
- Final payment of $2,195 program fees is due on Monday, May 7th to the Office of Global
Education, following the payment guidelines set forth above. Payment of tuition related expenses
(estimated at $252-$572) will be billed by Extended Learning and appear on your Student
Center, following the payment guidelines set out for Summer Session.
- Submit your flight details to Global Education here: Flight Information Form
- A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held with Professor Hughes to discuss arrival instructions and the upcoming
Summer in Guatemala 2018 Application:
We are no longer accepting applications for Summer in Guatemala 2018.
Please check out for our upcoming winter programs or consider applying for a longer stay program such a semester this Spring 2019!
Attend an Info Session to Learn More:
- Thursday, April 19, 12-1, MARK 203
- Thursday, April 26, 12-1, MARK 203