For those interested in...
Carrying around a knapsack that contains both working gloves and challenging books
Understanding what works and what doesn’t in development
Knowing both the 10,000 foot theory and the on-the-ground reality
Maximizing your time between end of spring semester and beginning of summer internship
Receiving COLL 300 Credit
Taught by Professor Jake Sims, Senior Manager for Sustainable Development Programs with AIDDATA, the course will accompany local partners to better understand what is development, the theories of social change underlying development practices, and the importance of the voice of the participants in development. No prior language / course requirements.
Join the Development Orthodoxy: Field Study in Guatemala expedition in May 2019! A two week, 3 credit course that will help students systematically explore how development theory has shaped development practice through embedding with a local rural community in the Sikaabe region of Guatemala.
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There is a required 1 credit course
to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Guatemala and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses are taught by W&M faculty. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
2018 Summer Abroad Handbook
Guatemala Handbook 2019.pdf
Arrival Date: May 11, 2019
Departure Date: May 25, 2019
Application ($75): February 1, 2019
Deposit ($600): March 1, 2019
Final/Balance Payment: April 1, 2019
*The $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the W&M Bursar's Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2019 Program Fee: $4,700.
Breakdown of Estimated Total Expected Costs:
*Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
- 2019 Program Fee: $4,700 (paid to W&M)
- Airfare: $800
- Books & Supplies: $100
- Miscellaneous/Personal: $300
- W&M Required Insurance: Included in program fee
- Reves Center/Application Fee: $75
- Total estimation: $5,975
3 credits delivered over the summer for program fee. INRL 390 ("Development Orthodoxy: Understanding International Development Theory through Field Based Inquiry in Guatemala")
W&M Faculty Program Contact:
Jacob Sims-Sr. Manager - Sustainable Development Programs
Global Education Office Advisor:
Marina Knapp, Global Education Special Programs Advisor
Week One: rural vocational center (dormitory housing)
Week Two: camp style housing in community center
The trip as a whole would satisfy COLL 300.
Area of Study:
International Development, Field Work
*Information subject to change. Please visit our website for most current information.