International Service in Guatemala

Next Offered: Winter Break 2019 December 27, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Application Deadline: October 11, 2018

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Haven’t you always wanted to do international service? Here’s your chance!

Students participating in the International Service/Study Abroad Guatemala program serve with the people of Guatemala, while learning about their social, cultural, economic, political, and religious histories and current realities. We work in partnership with the San Lucas Tolimán Mission community, as well as the De La Gente community. The primary motivation and purpose for coming to Guatemala is to learn. We share in learning from and growing in solidarity with local Mayan people and lending gracious support to the people of San Lucas and San Miguel Escobar. Each local project is committed to sustainable, integral human development and social justice, grounded in the principals of Catholic Social Teaching. The service we will do includes options such as: building new stoves or homes, reforestation projects, picking coffee, working with the women’s group and helping with the children.

International Service Learning makes a unique contribution to building global awareness and world peace. International Service helps Dominican students, faculty and staff live the mission in a unique way as we "participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.”

Academic Program

STA 299 is a stand-alone course for one credit for which students will register during the January Interim term. There is no additional tuition charge. If a student wishes to apply this credit to a major, they need the written approval of their major advisor. This course meets the multi-cultural requirement.

Requirements for one-credit:

  • Attend pre- and post-trip classes and orientations
  • Keep a journal
  • Participate in the reflective learning process in country
  • Participate in all in-country events
  • Present a post-trip program for Dominican University community
  • Currently enrolled students may not opt for the satisfactory/unsatisfactory option for this course
Application
  • Deadline: October 11, 2018
  • Complete online application
  • Deposit Deadline: after acceptance, a deposit of $300 will be due by October 25, 2018. A Medical form completed by a physician is due at time of deposit.
  • For more information, please contact Douglas Kleberleim Gutierrez at keberle@dom.edu or (708) 524-6967 or Tara Segal at tsegal@dom.edu or (708) 524-6684
Cost and Financial Aid
Estimated Costs

Includes 1 credit tuition, housing, group excursions, three meals per day, insurance, and airfare:

  • Currently enrolled Dominican University students and auditors: $2250
  • Due to fluctuation in exchange rates, the cost of the program is subject to change
Scholarships and Financial Aid

An accepted student can apply for special financial assistance available to students doing international service. For more information, please contact Douglas Kleberleim Gutierrez at keberle@dom.edu or (708) 524-6967 or Tara Segal at tsegal@dom.edu or (708) 524-6684

Requirements and Eligibility
  • Freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or qualified adult
  • 2.25 Dominican University GPA
  • Students must attend at least one information session
Excursions, Housing and Transportation
Excursions

Under no circumstances will students be permitted to travel independently. All excursion and site visits will be with the group and directors.

Housing

Housing will be at local hotels who work in partnership with the San Lucas Tolimán Mission adjacent to the mission. All accommodations are group setting and with shared bathroom facility. Meals will be provided. 

Transportation

Group flight arranged by program directors who will accompany the group. In-country transportation is provided by a pre-arranged driver. 

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