An opportunity to study the context and nature of inequality in Guatemala and convert empathy into action.
Experience the context, nature and substance of inequality in Guatemala, the most unequal country in the Western Hemisphere. Learn about the history of the U.S. involvement in this country. Students will interact with some of the most forgotten people in the region and take concrete steps to improve the lives of these Guatemalans. A chance to reflect on what each of us can do to make this a more just and equitable world. This trip will also include a visit to the Chichicastenango market, the largest in Central America and an optional hike up Mount Pacaya.
Also known as Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, this city is a K'iche' Maya cultural centre and home to the largest market in Central America.
The city of Antigua is known for its preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This summer course is 1 credit, 9-day service learning experience in the third week of May 2020.
The faculty director, Jeffrey Wilhelms, has led 10 groups of Rutgers students on service trips to Guatemala. The students participating in this trip will provide direct service to families, individuals, and organizations in the country. Activities include building beds and installing water systems to give access to clean drinking water, in an effort to foster a commitment to human dignity. They will also work with the children of the Xela garbage dump because every human life has value.
Students will gain a deeper understanding of their own privileges interacting with some of the most disadvantages and forgotten people in this country.
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May 20, 2020
May 28, 2020
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Program Cost includes:
- All meals
- Administrative Fees
- International SOS Health Insurance
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:
The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad.
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.
The program is led by Jeff Wilhelms, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, who has considerable experience in Guatemala. Since 2010, Jeff led 10 groups of Rutgers students on service trips to Guatemala.
From 2014-2016 Jeff Wilhelms served as Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, International Hands in Service. A non-profit organization in Guatemala operating under the name Projecto Salud y Paz.