El Salvador & Guatemala: Social Work

A GVSU Faculty-led Program

  • El Salvador & Guatemala: Social Work Photo
  • El Salvador & Guatemala: Social Work Photo
  • El Salvador & Guatemala: Social Work Photo

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Tell me about this program

Open to: BSW and MSW Majors and other students with a genuine interest in Latin America

  SAN SALVADOR & SANTA MARTA, EL SALVADOR  & SANTIAGO, 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. Students will also participate in a two-day service placement. 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 Antigua and Santiago 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.

Cultural Information

  

When can I go?

April 25 - May 13, 2015 (2.5 weeks)
 

Where will I live?

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.
 

Who is eligible to participate?

Open to BSW and MSW students and students who have an interest in human rights, social justice and indigenous cultures. 2.5 GPA (undergraduate) or 3.0 GPA (graduate) required.

GVSU is happy to extend this opportunity to NonGVSU Students

How do I apply?

To apply for this program, log on to www.gvsu.edu/oasis to begin your online application.

APPLICATION DEADLINE (2015 Program): February 1, 2015

Non-GVSU Students: Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/nongvstudent for detailed information on how to apply. 

What credits will I receive?

Undergraduate students will register for a total of 3 credits:
SW 354: International Service (3 credits)

Graduate students will register for a total of 3 credits:
SW 630: Social Work Global Service Learning (3 credits)

How much does the program cost?

Program Fee: $2,775

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 = $1,413 OR 3 graduate credits = $1,686)
  • 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) = $5,431 (Undergraduates) OR $5,704 (Graduates)

Financial Aid

Contact Nick Bromley in the Financial Aid Office at bromleni@gvsu.edu with questions. Include in the email your G-number and the name of your study abroad program. 

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. 

Financial Aid FAQs

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.

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

Who can tell me more?

Faculty Director:

Julie Guevara
Associate Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs Professor of Social Work

2172 AuSable Hall
(616) 331-2400

guevaraj@gvsu.edu

 

 

 

All program information including courses, duration of program, dates, and other logistics are subject to change. Programs may be cancelled due to extenuating circumstances.