Visit the “eternal primavera” country of Guatemala filled with incredible diversity and charm. Its geography, history, culture, faith and languages are loaded with mystery and challenges, its people and cultures are a few of the many amazing qualities that Guatemala offers. Encounter the deep needs and challenges in learning about its history, the conflicts and effects of their civil war and the many models of peacemaking offered by Christian communities. We will visit and stay in the countries capitol Guatemala City, and visit its surrounding villages and cities. Students will have the unique opportunity to live with local families and be exposed to the everyday life of its people.

FPU is excited to partner with the Central Americas Anabaptist Seminary SEMILLA and participate in their CASAS Program 2016. During our time in Guatemala you will:

  • Study daily at the Semilla Seminary
  • Experience learning both in the classroom and visit with organizations.
  • Eat Guatemalan food and experience the culture, the arts and emerge in its many languages.
  • Serve and learn alongside Mennonite ministry workers, including MCC.
  • Earn academic credit for a summer of study (Focus Series).
  • Be enriched by the cross-cultural global experience of other narratives.
  • Grow in your Christian walk and understanding of God’s call on your life.

Cost

We are still working on the cost of the trip, but at this point we anticipate it to range between $3400 - $3800.

We are expecting an FPU scholarship for each of our participants ranging from $500-$1000 (for the first ten participants). Students are also responsible for any additional costs for obtaining a passport, visa and vaccinations ($200-$500).

 

Credit and courses

SEMILLA, the Latin American Anabaptist Seminary of which CASAS is a department, offers credit in coursework to meet some or all the required coursework for the FPU Focus Series required for all undergraduate students. Students may earn a maximum of 6 units of credit from the program and three units of waiver for this cross cultural experience. Courses will include or undergraduates will include;

  • History and Culture of Latin America (3)
  • Building Peace in Settings of Conflict and Violence: The Guatemala Case Study (3)

and for post-graduates;

  • History and Culture of Guatemala (3)
  • Biblical Perspectives on Conflict: The Guatemala Case Study (3)

Deadline and Registration

February 20, 2016. Application is available in OSF for pick up or email dgonzale@fresno.edu. This program is open to FPU traditional undergraduate and seminary students.

Dates

Between (June 8 – July 20, 2016)

For more information, contact: