During this cross-cultural semester, we will experience two very different Spanish-speaking countries – Guatemala and Cuba. Through homestays, language study, field trips and travel, we will have the opportunity to build relationships and learn in two countries with diverse populations, religions, economies and histories of resistance and resilience. Each student will be asked to think critically about the inter-relatedness of resistance and resilience historically and currently, the role church and state have played in each, and our connections as US citizens. We will be challenged and inspired by individuals and groups working at reparation and restoration in both countries.
Students will spend the first 7 weeks with CASAS (Central American Study and Service), a cross-cultural language program in Guatemala. Following intensive Spanish study, students will have a week of independent travel in small groups in the region before their 2-week learning/service assignment with a Guatemalan organization.
The last three weeks will be spent in Cuba. The Martin Luther King Jr. Center will host our group as we learn about and experience the reality of Cuba, relate it to the Guatemalan experience and discern our individual and group responses to all we have learned during the semester.
Estimated Cost: on campus tuition, room and board plus $2,100 travel fee (cost may be adjusted due
to changes in currency exchange rates and air fares)
Semester Leaders: Elaine Zook Barge, CJP STAR program, and Nathan Barge
Enrollment: 22 students
Credits: 15 semester hours
CCSSC 201 Cross-Cultural Social Science 3SH
In both countries, students will live with families and study culture in context to learn skills of adaptation and empathy, as well as ability to critique one’s native and host cultures.
SPANISH LANGUAGE: Six semester hours at one of the following levels (placement based on previous knowledge):
CCSPA 110, 120 Elementary Spanish I & II 6 SH
CCSPA 210, 220 Intermediate Spanish I & II 6 SH
CCSPA 312, 322 Adv. Conversational Spanish I & II 6 SH
CCHIS 307 History through a Trauma and Resilience Lens 3SH
Students will study the history of Guatemala and Cuba using the Strategies of Trauma Awareness and Resilience (STAR) model as an analysis and assessment tool for understanding current events and ongoing cycles of violence in these host countries. In addition they will learn about processes and tools individuals and communities in these countries have used to address trauma, heal wounds and build resilience.
CCREL 304 Religion, Culture and Economics in Guatemala and Cuba 3SH (CIW)
This interdisciplinary course emphasizes the interaction between Catholic, Protestant (including Mennonite), and Indigenous faith expressions; current political and economic climate; peacebuilding initiatives; and local music, literature, and art. Students will also explore the role of faith in gang and immigration issues.
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