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  • Locations: Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala; San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Program Overview

Lake Atitlan

This program will have students working as professional journalists and public relations practitioners covering specific environmental, social justice, economic, and cultural topics in and around Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Students will work together with business students enrolled in the separately run USFSP in Guatemala: Social Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets program, who will be developing business strategies for fair and sustainable cooperatives in the area.
 
Students interested in public relations and social marketing will help the business students to promote their entrepreneurship projects while students interested in journalism will cover local issues related but not limited to: environmental justice issues related to food and businesses; archaeological and cultural preservation and education; sustainable community development and resource depletion; and poverty and social, economic, political and cultural barriers to social justice. Students will talk to local scientists, social scientists, business people, artists, farmers, educators, politicians, and many other local residents about their experiences and about the topics above relating to their experiences.

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Location

Map

San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala 
Antigua, Guatemala

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Academic Program and Course Information

Traditional Loom

Travel Dates: March 10 - March 18, 2018 (Spring Break)

Course Approval Form: Students must download and complete a form as part of the application process. Click here for the form.

Undergraduate Students: MMC 4936 Sustainability Communication in Guatemala , 3 credits
or
Graduate Students: MMC 6936 Sustainability Communication in Guatemala, 3 credits

Mandatory Class Meeting Dates (same for both MMC 4936 and MMC 6936): 

  • February 17, 2018     9AM - 3PM     Room to be determined
  • February 24, 2018     9AM - 3PM     Room to be determined
  • March 3, 2018           9AM - 3PM     Room to be determined
  • March 24, 2018         9AM - 3PM     Room to be determined
Local students are expected to attend class in person. Online students are to use Google Hangouts and/or Canvas to attend, but have to join the class in person in Guatemala for the field work March 10 to 18, 2018.

Credit Type: direct USFSP credit

Tuition: Tuition for program course (3 credits) is included in the program cost. USFSP Education Abroad will register students for their course after payment in full of the program cost. This will generate a tuition charge in students' account which will then be waived by Education Abroad.

***In order to receive full credit for the program course, students must attend all class meetings and complete an online pre-departure orientation in CANVAS. A link to access the orientation will be sent to students' USF email addresses prior to departure.*** 

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Faculty

 Motta Headshot

Dr. Bernardo Motta 
Assistant Professor of Theory and Community Journalism
bhmotta@mail.usf.edu
Phone: 727-873-4856
Office: PRW 230

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Program Costs


View over Lake Atitlan

Undergraduate: $2,500 (double occupancy) / $2,750 (single occupancy)

Graduate: $3,175 (double occupancy) / $3,425 (single occupancy)

Students will be automatically registered for double occupancy accommodations. Students who wish to register for single occupancy accommodations must email USFSP Education Abroad at studyabroad@usfsp.edu. Single occupancy accommodations are subject to availability and given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Included:

  • On-site program direction by USFSP instructor
  • Tuition for program course (3 credits)
  • Course taught by USFSP instructor
  • Accommodations for the duration of the program
  • All program related in-country transportation, including airport pick up and drop off for students
  • Health insurance for the duration of the program
  • Most meals (all meals are vegetarian for food safety)
  • Cultural visits including lectures, museum visits, etc.
  • English-speaking liaison and interpreter for the group
 Not Included:
  • International airfare to and from Guatemala (estimated $700). Students are responsible for booking their own flights and will need to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City either at the same time as, or earlier then, Dr. Motta's flight as well as depart at the same time as, or later than, his flight. Dr. Motta's flight itinerary will be released by Education Abroad around October once minimum enrollment for the program is met. Students will be welcome to book on the same flight itinerary as Dr. Motta if spots are available. Students should not book any flights until notified by Education Abroad.
  • Personal spending (3 meals; entertainment to vary by individual)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (highly recommended due to conditions in Guatemala).
    • USFSP Education Abroad recommends that all students consider trip cancellation insurance to cover items such as program fees, airline tickets, and travel-related costs in the unlikely event of a withdrawal from a program or if USFSP must cancel a program due to a natural or man-made disaster, U.S. State Department Warnings or Alerts, forces of nature, pandemics, acts or omissions by foreign governments, etc. (only those funds that can be recovered will be refunded). Many travel insurance companies exist and each one has their own terms and exclusions. A few offer “cancel for any reason” supplements and might be of particular interest. (Be aware that this type of coverage often requires that you purchase the coverage within 15 days of the initial deposit.)
    • Even though USFSP does not endorse or recommend any insurance carrier, we are aware of the following carriers that students may wish to research for themselves.
      Travel Guard: http://www.travelguard.com/travelinsurance/
      Global Alert: https://www.etravelinsurancecentral.com/globalalert/
      Travel Safe: http://www.travelsafe.com/
      Travelex: http://www.travelex-insurance.com

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Living Arrangements

Hotel Uxlabil
March 10-15, 2018
Hotel Uxlabil 
Km 175 
San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala

March 16-18, 2018
Hotel Camino Real
7a calle Poniente 33B, 
La Antigua, Guatemala 03001

Students will be automatically registered for double occupancy accommodations. Students who wish to register for single occupancy accommodations must email USFSP Education Abroad at studyabroad@usfsp.edu. Single occupancy accommodations are subject to availability and given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hotels are subject to change.

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Who Can Participate?

 Farm co-op

1. Undergraduates with Junior or Senior standing and GPA above 3 .0 who have a minimum of 15 credits in JOU or MMC or an internship (for credit) or JOU 4188: Neighborhood News Bureau.
2. Students in English or Graphic Design with Junior or Senior standing and GPA above 3.0. and an internship (for credit) or equivalent professional/service experience.  
3. All others must contact faculty leader Dr. Bernardo Motta (bhmotta@mail.usf.edu) for permission to apply.

Note: Distance Learning students must complete Immunization and Medical History forms in order to be registered for the program course.


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How and When to Pay


Piggy Bank


Payment Schedule for Undergraduate:

Payment Amount Due Due Date
Confirmation Payment $1,250.00 / $1,375.00 (single room only)  October 20
Final payment $1,250.00 / $1,375.00 (single room only) December 15


Payment Schedule for Graduate:

Payment Amount Due Due Date
Confirmation Payment $1,587.50 / $1,712.50 (single room only)  October 20
Final payment $1,587.50 / $1,712.50 (single room only) December 15


Post-Commitment Cancellation Policy:

Confirmation Payment is non-refundable starting October 20
Final Payment is non-refundable starting December 15

Students must email studyabroad@usfsp.edu to notify USFSP Education Abroad of their cancellation.

*Education Abroad will assess on a case-by-case basis the non-recoverable costs of the program for which the student is liable. Non-recoverable costs may exceed to-date funds collected by USFSP Education Abroad at time of student's withdraw from the program.

Once we have the minimum number of group participants committed, we will place the confirmation charge on your OASIS account.  For most travel cancellation insurance policies, you have 15 days from your initial payment to purchase insurance.  We will advise you when to make payment to ensure you do not purchase insurance for a program that is cancelled due to low enrollment.         

Once you have been accepted to your program of choice, you will be asked to confirm your participation in the program by hitting the Commit button on your personal application page. Having confirmed your participation, the USFSP Education Abroad Office will place charges on your OASIS account. Students will be asked to make a confirmation payment toward the Study Abroad Program Cost (SACD). Generally, this payment is $500, although certain programs may have alternate payment requirements as indicated on the specific program website.

Once you have committed to the program, you are financially liable for the Study Abroad Program Cost. Please carefully read your program-specific payment requirements as well as the Financial Terms and Conditions for your relevant program.

How to Pay:

ONLINE (Do not use if you have other outstanding charges on your account as any payment will automatically be credited toward your on campus charges)
Step 1: Go to USF Single-SignOn
Step 2: Log in using your USF Net ID.
Step 3: Click on OASIS on the top menu.
Step 4: On the Main Menu, go to "Student"
Step 5: On the Student Menu, go to "Tuition & Fees"
Step 6: Click on "Student Bill Payment" PLEASE NOTE: The USF Cashier's Office charges a 2.5% "convenience fee" for using a credit or bank card. If you use an online check you will not be charged the additional fee.  They no longer accept VISA.

IN PERSON
Step 1: Email the USFSP Education Abroad at studyabroad@usfsp.edu for a payment form. The form must be completed and signed by an authorized member of the Education Abroad.
Step 2: Take payment form to the USFSP Cashier's Office (BAY 132). You may pay only pay with check, cash or money order in person.  Checks are payable to USF.
Step 3: Please keep a record of your payment for your records.

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Getting There


plane

Students are responsible for booking their own flights and will need to arrive at La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City either at the same time as, or earlier then, Dr. Motta's flight as well as depart at the same time as, or later than, his flight. Dr. Motta's flight itinerary will be released by Education Abroad around October once minimum enrollment for the program is met. Students will be welcome to book on the same flight itinerary as Dr. Motta if spots are available. Students should not book any flights until notified by Education Abroad.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation


Passport


USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Please note that the USF insurance does not include trip cancellation coverage or travel insurance (theft of luggage, costs due to delays in travel time, etc.), pre-existing conditions, or on-going medical treatment.

U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport with at least one year of validity remaining. Non-U.S. passport holders should check with the Guatemalan consulate in Miami regarding entry/visa requirements.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Many funding opportunities are available to students who are planning to study abroad. Please see our funding page for further details.

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Safety & Health


Health

Participants' safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Students are advised to read country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites.

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance valid for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage valid outside the U.S.

Click here for more detailed information.

Zika Virus in Guatemala: All participants should be aware of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel warning regarding Zika virus and its prevention in Guatemala--http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/alert/zika-virus-guatemala.

Scams Common in Guatemala:  Parking Lot Scam Victims are approached in a hotel, restaurant or other public place by an individual claiming that there is some sort of problem with his or the would-be victim’s automobile in the parking lot. On the way to investigate the “problem,” usually in a remote or concealed area near the parking lot, the robber pulls a gun on the victim and demands cash, credit cards and other valuables.

Personal Safety in Guatemala:
The threat of violent crime in Guatemala is rated by the U.S. Department of State as “critical”. The Embassy has no reason to believe that U.S. citizens are being specifically targeted, although criminals in Guatemala may assume that U.S. citizens and their relatives have more money than average Guatemalans. Longer-term residents and dual nationals are more likely to become victims of serious crimes, as they tend to be integrated into local society and may not reside in safer areas. Tourists seem to be largely shielded from the worst incidents of violent crime, and instead succumb principally to pickpockets and purse-snatchers. However, U.S. tourists have also been victims of rapes, physical assaults, armed robberies and murders.

The number of violent crimes reported by U.S. citizens and other foreigners has remained high and such crimes have occurred even in areas of Guatemala City once considered safe, such as Zones 10, 14, and 15. Additionally, the Peace Corps has made areas of the country with particularly high incidents of crime “off-limits” to Peace Corps volunteers. Due to large scale drug and alien smuggling, the Guatemalan border with Mexico (and in particular the northwestern corner of Petén) is a high-risk area. The border areas including the Sierra de Lacandon and Laguna del Tigre National Parks are among the most dangerous areas in Guatemala. The U.S. Embassy takes extra precautions when U.S. government personnel travel to the region.

Review the entire Country Specific Travel Information  prior to committing to the program.

http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/country/guatemala.html


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Special Terms

Students should review carefully the Education Abroad Participant Contract, included in the Education Abroad application process. It describes students' responsibilities with regard to participation, and includes information on insurance, and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be asked to electronically sign this document. To view this document before applying, please click here.

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Contacts for More Information

www.usfsp.edu/abroad

Questions regarding the academics or courses:

Dr. Bernardo Motta 
Assistant Professor of Theory and Community Journalism
bhmotta@mail.usf.edu
Phone: 727-873-4856
Office: PRW 230

Questions regarding program enrollment, registration, and payments:

Joseph Kenny 
Academic Program Specialist
USFSP Education Abroad
josephkenny@mail.usf.edu
727-873-4270
BAY 204

 




This program is currently not accepting applications.