Rutgers University-Camden is offering two Learning Abroad courses to Guatemala for the Spring 2018 semester. Please click the links below to find out more about each program.
GUATEMALA | Child Migration & U.S. Immigration Policy
This timely course will examine the factors leading to the recent surge in Central American children coming to the U.S. border alone. In a weekly two-hour seminar, taught simultaneously to students in Camden and Newark via the law school’s new immersive classroom, we will examine four main areas: (1) U.S. immigration policy towards children, including substantive law and procedure; (2) current push and pull factors leading to child migration from Central America; (3) best practices in working with children in crisis and (4) the challenges of reintegration after deportation. Up to 10 students in the course may participate in the spring break travel to Guatemala and earn an additional credit. By traveling to Guatemala over spring break, students will have the opportunity to meet with individuals and social service organizations that work with child migrants and repatriated children. Students will learn first-hand the reasons why children emigrate and the difficulties they face in the United States, and after repatriation.
This three-credit course introduces students to health and healing in Guatemala among the native Maya, a population that suffers from significant poverty and marginalization, yet retains many of its ancient traditions and beliefs. Pre-departure preparation focuses on the major historical, social, cultural and economic influences on the lives of the modern Maya. During our ten-day international service-learning experience, students work among the highland Maya on projects to improve community health while learning about local culture, history and the environment. Our group will collaborate with a promotora (community health agent) to offer health promotion, stove construction, health education (diabetes, nutrition, etc.), and a health fair. Students participate in a traditional restorative ceremony with a Mayan healer, visit a bonesetter and midwife, and attend lectures by leading Maya scholars to provide the cultural context for our service projects. Additional excursions include visits to majestic Lake Atitlan, Antigua, Chichicastenango Mayan market, and the ruins of ancient Maya capital Iximche.