Guatemala Study Abroad (GUATE2014)
June 28 - July 8, 2014
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Guatemala provides students a rich platform to explore social issues, fair-trade practices, women’s issues and sustainable business in Latin America. We will have real experiences with the Guatemalan people and businesses – both micro and MNCs. Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America with a GDP per capita roughly one-half that of the average for Latin America. Almost 55% of the population is below the poverty line, yet their unemployment rate is roughly half that of the United States. Our trip will be based in La Antigua, which is recognized and protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, and is one of the most charming cities in Central America. We will also experience the bustle of Guatemala City, as well as excursions to neighboring areas such as: Izabal, Lake Atitlan, and more. GUATE2014 will offer two courses illuminating the Latin American business cultures, the commercial environments, politics of Central America, and the economy of Guatemala and neighboring countries. And to enhance what we learn, we will be visiting Guatemalan companies such as:
- Cerveceria Centroamericana – We will see first hand the procedural and operational strategy of a leader in the Guatemalan beer Industry through a company tour of Cerveceria Centroamericana.
- Anacafe - Asociacion Nacional de Café – The main board for all coffee exports in Guatemala, we will visit their facilities in Guatemala City for a behind-the-scenes tour and learn more about the importance of coffee in Guatemala, both culturally and economically.
- Ecofiltro Company – An Antigua based company, and World Bank Marketplace Award winner for sustainability in both 2003 and 2004, Ecofiltro was named one of the world’s Top 50 Small and Medium Enterprises by infoDev, an international association sponsored by the World Bank.
- As Green As It Gets – A company supporting sustainable economic development, which in turn strengthens the small rural communities of Guatemala. We will see how endeavors of all sizes can aid the economy, environment, and have a positive social impact, especially in the lesser known areas of Guatemala.
What: Graduate students can earn three credits (one course) or six credits (two courses) of international and general elective credits. Undergraduates can earn five credits (one course) or 10 credits (two courses) of business credit. Guate2014 also satisfies undergraduate International Economic Development requirement to participate in an SU sponsored Summer Education Abroad Course to a developing country.
Where: Guatemala City, La Antigua (UNESCO World Heritage Site), Izabal, Lago Atitlan
Who: GUATE2014 is open to both graduate and undergraduate Seattle University students, as well as Albers alumni.Aaron Thornburg will teach INBU 4940-03 & 5940-03; Meenakshi Rishi will teach ECON 4940-02 & 5940-02.
When: June 28th – July 8th. The application process is now open and the deadline is March 15, 2014. A $500 deposit (refundable until March 10) should be made to Student Financial Services between February 15 and March 10, 2014. Once paid, please bring the deposit receipt to the Albers front desk to have them record and file it with the Guatemala participants.
Cost: $2,200 – fee includes all lodging, private bus transportation (including pick-up from airport to hotel), all excursions, language instruction, gifts, and some meals. The price for alumni is $2,600.
INBU 4940-03/5940-03 Cultural Intelligence and Global Business Communication
In this course, we are interested in the subtle but crucial role that culture takes in creating relationships with business colleagues and clients across languages, cultures and borders. Guatemala certainly has its own identity and particularities, but it also shares a great many values with many of the 20+ Latin American countries, which account for almost 10% of the global population. We will take a hands-on approach to the challenges found in business communication across cultures, specifically Latin American culture, including: team and individual communication, as well as face-to-face versus virtual communication. Emphasis will also be placed on how communication differs cross-culturally in leadership roles.
ECON 4940-02/5940-02 Central American Development Economics
After 36 years of Civil War, the 1996 Peace Accords removed major obstacles to foreign investment, and since then Guatemala has pursued important reforms and macroeconomic stabilization. Despite being the most populous country in Central America, the per capita GDP is close to one-half the average of all Latin American and Caribbean nations. Agriculture dominates over one-third of the labor force, and over 10% of the national GDP. Yet despite a strong agricultural sector, more than half the population lives below the national poverty line and over one in 10 Guatemalans live in extreme poverty. In this course, we will increase our awareness of the developmental problems in both Guatemala, as well as the neighboring Latin American countries. We will also examine the role politics can play on the economy, and the effects they may have on the different populations and demographics of a Latin American country such as Guatemala.