​​​​​​​​​​​​​Call for Faculty Proposals for Study Abroad
Latin America Summer 2019

Santa Monica College is seeking proposals from faculty to co-lead and teach in our study abroad program in Latin America: Belize and Guatemala for the Summer 2019 session. Two faculty members will be selected to co-lead the program.  The program will draw upon the faculties' expertise and offer students a rewarding experience.

The Latin America Program spends the first two weeks at SMC before traveling to Belize and Guatemala, where for three weeks, students will explore the forests of Central America, ancient Maya ruins, live among one of the most ethnically and culturally diversified regions of the world, and work together with Mayan farmers and in ecological reserves (dates on campus are somewhat flexible). The final week of summer session will be spent on campus to complete coursework.

This learning adventure will experience the lush river valley of central Belize, the rainforests of Belize and Guatemala, and the second largest barrier reef in the world! Excursions will also include visiting archeological sites such as Tikal, Xunantunich, and the amazing Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave!  In addition, a key element that distinguishes the Latin American Education Program is its emphasis on Community and Service Learning with an opportunity to work closely with Mayan cacao farmers, a butterfly conservation project and the elderly community as part of our public outreach efforts. A small number of alternative excursions and experiences are possible, within the context of course offerings and budget considerations.  

The Latin American Education program is structured around these principles:  

For students

  • Introducing them to the rich history & cultural diversity of Latin America is part of a College-wide initiative to encourage students to develop a broad and global perspective. 
  • Featuring a multidisciplinary approach, the Program provides an intensive experience, for better understanding of the diverse cultures and natural environments of Central America. 
  • The Program emphasizes Community and Service Learning.
  • Affordability - To encourage broad participation, costs are kept as low as possible, and the program facilitates scholarships and other financial aid. 
  • A unifying theme – To provide a sense of the program's purpose and over-arching concepts

For faculty

  • This is important for professional development, to encourage faculty to remain current with their disciplines, and to become more aware of different cultures throughout the world. 
  • Students and faculty gain a deep understanding of the environment, the people and, the culture of one area or region.
  • Safety - Programs are structured to keep risk to an acceptable level.

Guidelines for developing course proposals:

  • The course offers academic credit and must meet the course outline of record.
  • The course must be a general education transferrable credit course, IGETC preferred, with appeal to a broad spectrum of students.
  • Avoid courses with pre-requisites that will limit eligibility to participate.  
  • Propose a course that is particularly suited to being offered in a foreign setting.  
  • Show the connection between the course and the destination.  ​

PDF File Application and Itinerary 

The deadline is Friday, May 18​, 2018 by 12 noon

All applicants will be notified of their application status by mid-June 2018

* Itinerary subject to change

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