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Mexico & Guatemala: Crafts in Global Market

Program Details

The Mayas are know as the Greeks of the Americas. Their achievements in mathematics, astronomy, architecture, and philosophy are beginning to emerge as a new cadre of researchers deciphers their writing system. Traveling to Yucatan and Guatemala will put you in contact with modern Mayas, their daily lives and efforts to participate in the global economy as producers of crafts and services. Walk the ancient cities of Chichen Itza, Tikal, Dzibilchaltún; experience colonial cities such as Merida, Izamal, Antigua Guatemala, and Chichicastenango, as well as the quaint Mayan towns of Santiago Atitlán and Panajachel. Participate in service-learning activities, learn survival Maya Yucatec​, earn 2 college credits, live with a Guatemalan family, and come back home with an increased sense of cultural competence.​ Those seeking to earn language credit may obtain 2 credits of Spanish.

Tentative Dates

Spring 2nd Block 2019 (classes on DSU campus)
May 13-30, 2019 (Travel to Mexico)

Application deadline:

February 28, 2019

Payment Schedule:

Final payment due March 1, 2019

Refund Policy

  • February 28, 2019: 100% Refundable
  • March 1 - March 15, 2019: Refund based on unrecoverable program costs
  • After March 15, 2019 Non-refundable

Course Credit

SPAN 2990:
Seminar in Spanish
(2 credit hours)

Estimated Program Fee


Program Fee Covers
Fee covers room and board (90% of meals), activities, and 3 excursions: Chichen Itza, Tikal, and Panajachel.

Program Fee DOES NOT Cover

DSU tuition, airfare, passport fees, some meals, discretionary spending.

Program Requirements

  • Must be 18 years old at time of departure
  • 2.0 GPA
  • No language requirement

Program Directors

Dr. Luis Arevalo
Email: Phone: 435-652-7877 Office: UPlaza B 120