Live & Serve in Latin America courses were developed for participants who wish to focus their time in Latin America on service and/or cultural learning projects. These are not just travel trips; the expectation is that you'll stay a week or more in an area and focus on service and learning. They may be completed in addition to the Live & Learn language study options but cannot be taken simultaneously.
The instructor works with local schools and organizations to establish projects and can work with participants to arrange additional opportunities; options for structured language practice and home stays are available in many locations.
Volunteer and cultural projects vary by location but could involve schools, orphanages, museums, recycling centers, health services, sea turtle research and protection, wildlife rescue, tropical agriculture, archaeology, art, drumming, local crafts and cooking, building projects, and programs for the elderly, indigenous people, individuals with disabilities, and street kids.
Occasional guided group trips with specific dates will be organized but generally this will be independent travel study so you pick the dates. The instructor will not be traveling with participants but will provide assistance with planning and arrangements. Participants will purchase their own flights but instructor will help as needed. Itinerary, health, and packing suggestions will be provided.
You can can register to receive 6 quarter hours at the 400 or 500 level per week for up to 4 weeks per country. Credits are issued by Heritage Institute and Antioch University Seattle; minimal additional assignments are required for credit, PDU and clock hour options are also available.
For information about similar programs in other Latin American countries as well as credit for Spanish immersion programs, click here or on the bottom link, below. Contact information is available on the Registration Form.
- REGISTRATION FORM/Assignment Summary
- Cancellation and Liability RELEASE FORM 1
- Heritage RELEASE FORM 2
- SYLLABUS (1st week; add'l weeks are similar)
- Chajul Guided Trip SYLLABUS
- Course EVALUATION FORM - optional
- Packing List and Recommendations
- Pack light site: onebag.com
- "Before you go" list
- CDC Travel Health - Guatemala
- Kayak Flight Search Engine
- LP Guatemala Overview
- Stacey's Travel Photos with blog and travelogue links
- Heritage Institute/Antioch University Seattle
- Beca Project website
- Live & Learn in Latin America Website
HOW TO REGISTER
2) Purchase your airline tickets. I like www.kayak.com because you can experiment with different airports and dates. I sometimes choose to buy my flights through www.orbitz.com because they promise to credit the difference if another traveler finds your itinerary at a cheaper price before you go. Chajul participants - please follow the group advice prior to taking this step.
3) Contact the Volunteer Supervisor or Cultural Learning Project Provider and make reservations for your participation; they can likely help with ground transportation and lodging suggestions, too. You will pay them directly if fees are required. Chajul participants - this step has been taken care of for you.
4) Let me know if there's more I can do to help and tell me when you've made the arrangements - can't wait to hear!