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Guatemala Immersion Program

Apr 16, 2008

The Pacific Guatemala Summer Semester Spanish Immersion program spends four weeks in June in Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Students participate in a homestay program and spend 6 hours a day in one-on-one instruction with a native speaker. It isn't all work, though! The group visits beautiful Lake Atitlan, the Mayan ruins of Tikal, a coffee plantation, a macadamia farm, an indigenous weaving village, Pacific coast beaches, and hikes an active volcano. They play soccer, learned to cook Pepian, the national dish, and dance salsa. "It was like nothing I've ever experienced," said Mendy Slaton (SIS), "I was finally able to put my Spanish skills to practical use, all the while having an amazing time doing it." Beginning language students are just as enthusiastic about the experience: "I had no idea how much language one can learn when immersed in a foreign culture," remarked Lewis Guess (Pre-dent); "I've learned more Spanish than I ever dreamed possible!" said Erin Birmingham (COP). Andrew Kubas (ESB) summed up the unanimous opinion: "This changes your outlook on life. Amazing experience!"

The program is open to all Pacific students, faculty and staff as well as other universities. Consider doing your language requirement, or continuing with Spanish through this "life- changing experience" (Kyle Hovatter, Conservatory).

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