Carpe Diem - Central America
The Central America program includes stays in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras. It offers a wide range of experiences and locations including:
- the waterfalls at Semuc Champey
- Lake Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala
- the fabulous rainforests and beaches of Costa Rica and Honduras
- Mayan ruins of Tikal
There is ample opportunity for service learning projects, Spanish language instruction, and several homestay opportunities that offer intensive interaction with local residents and their community.
This program is ideal for Freshman and Sophomore-level students looking to gain international experience in Central America. Volunteer service throughout these Central American countries includes village construction and environmental conservation projects such as building/repairing schools and houses, or helping to restore sensitive environments and protecting sea turtles when they lay their eggs on shore. There is Spanish language study for four weeks while living with host families, various cultural activities throughout the semester, hiking excursions to spectacular natural and cultural settings in the highlands and rainforests, the study of local arts traditions and meditation/yoga training, and SCUBA training with the opportunity to enjoy the beaches and community life in the coastal settings of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Honduras.
Relevant Academic Disciplines
Minimum GPA of 2.5.
Language Skill: None