Honduras: May – June 2013

This six week Cross-cultural seminar will provide opportunities for thorough immersion in Latin American culture with service-learning experiences and home stays, enhanced by Spanish language study.

We will explore issues related to historical and current economic policies, food security, fair trade, poverty and immigration in the Central American context. Students will see examples of our global interconnectedness and interdependence through examination of the business model at a banana cooperative, international policies and reforestation efforts. There will be unique opportunities to explore culture and ideas through a visit to a school for kids that live and work at the dump in the capital city, and service-learning with Organization for Youth Empowerment (OYE) and the MAMA Project.

The second part of the program brings us to Copán for intense language study and a trip to the Copán Mayan ruins. Students will stay with host families in the community, where they will be challenged to examine their own culture, faith and values through close interactions with members of the host culture.

We will hear about challenges in the history of the Honduran Anabaptist churches, look for God in persons different from ourselves, and how religious truths and values can be found across cultural, ethnic and religious divisions.


Seminar Leaders: Jason Good, Admissions and Applied Social Sciences Dept., and Eric Trinka
Estimated Cost: $5,500 (subject to change)
Approximate Dates: May 2 – June 18

Course Information

CCSSC 201 Cross-cultural Social Science 3 SH
CCSPA 110/210/310 Spanish 3 SH

Required Immunizations

The following immunizations are recommended for travel to Honduras in the locations and times the EMU cross-cultural group will be in country.

Malaria risk in Honduras: Present throughout the country at altitudes <1000 m (<3,281 ft) and in Roatán and other Bay Islands. None in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.

Immunizations and prescriptions may be obtained at EMU Health Services by appointment.
Immunizations may also be obtained from your local health department or primary care provider.