El Salvador & Guatemala: Social Work

PLEASE NOTE: The information on this page is for the 2018 program. Updated 2019 program information will be available in summer 2018. Program details may be similar, but are subject to change.

San Salvador, El Salvador and Lake Atitlán, Guatemala — This program will expose students to the rich cultures of El Salvador and Guatemala, expanding their awareness of issues of social justice, peace and human rights as they relate to social work in Central America.

The first half of the program, students will be based in the capital city of San Salvador. Students will meet with people that have been affected by social issues such as immigration, sex work, gangs, human trafficking and others. There will be a two-day excursion to the rural community of Santa Marta, where students will live with local families and participate in a service learning project. The second half of the course includes travel to Guatemala City and San Juan on Lake Atitlán in Guatemala. There they will meet with indigenous communities surrounding Lake Atitlán and explore indigenous communities’ unique and distinct world views and cultures.

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The next application period opens August 1, 2018

Faculty-Led
GPA Requirement
2.0 Undergraduate
3.0 Graduate
English Language Requirement
Graduate

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Spring/Summer 2019

Estimated Program Dates: April 2019 - May 2019
Application Deadline: February 1, 2019 (Opens August 1, 2018)

(4.5 weeks)

*Disclaimer: Program dates for 2019 may slightly differ from dates provided.

2019 Program information will be available in August 2018

Courses

El Salvador & Guatemala

Undergraduate students will register for a total of 3 credits:

UNDERGRADUATE:

SW 354: International Service (3 credits)

*Fulfills General Education Global perspectives and 1 General Education Issues requirement

GRADUATE:

SW 630: Social Work Global Service Learning (3 credits)

Language of Instruction: English

Housing

Participants will live in a guest house in San Salvador, with host families in rural Santa Marta and in a quaint Inn on Lake Atitlán in Santiago, Guatemala.

 

Cost and Scholarships

El Salvador & Guatemala

2019 Program information will be available in August 2018

2018 PROGRAM COSTS:

Program Fee: $2,400

Includes

  • Round-trip airfare from Grand Rapids
  • All ground transportation
  • Accommodation and all meals
  • Course materials
  • Field trips
  • Visa (obtained at airport in San Salvador)

Other Expenses

  • GVSU tuition (3 undergraduate credits = $1,575 OR 3 graduate credits = $1,881)
  • Personal Expenses (Optional) ($400)
  • Recommended Vaccinations (Optional) ($375)
  • Program materials ($150)
  • Additional snacks (Optional) ($150)
  • Passport ($140)
  • ISIC card (Optional) ($28)

Total Projected Cost (Program Fee + Other Expenses) = $5,161 (Undergraduate) OR $5,455 (Graduate)

SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS:

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $1,500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $1,500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.

FINANCIAL AID:

To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

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Eligibility

Open to BSW and MSW majors and students in other disciplines with permission from the director. 

Open to graduate students.

2.0 GPA (undergraduate) or 3.0 GPA (graduate) required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to Non-GVSU students.

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US State Department Information

The first step to an international trip is to read our Traveler’s Checklist to find out things to consider before you go. Pay special attention to our safety and security information and assess for yourself the risk of traveling to a particular country or region.  Some U.S. citizens with special considerations – such as students, women, and LGBTI travelers – may face additional challenges when abroad.  If you do decide to travel, make a plan for what to do if something goes wrong overseas. 

Checkout US State Department Information For El Salvador

Checkout US State Department Information For Guatemala

Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2019
Julie Guevara
Program Director
guevaraj@gvsu.edu
Mirta Leon
Program Director
leonm@gvsu.edu

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