Guatemala and Mayan Language Program

Guatemala and Mayan Language Program

One of the Center’s regional foci is the Maya area of southern Mexico and Guatemala. We offer a two-year of K’iche’ language courses and a summer field school in Nahualá with the University of Chicago. Five faculty members are Mayanists (Arthur Demarest, Markus Eberl, Edward Fischer, and Norbert Ross). CLAS coordinates a number of projects in Guatemala in conjunction with the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering, and Vanderbilt’s Institute for Global Health. CLAS provides a home base for the InterAmerican Health Alliance, a non-profit organization that supports Primeros Pasos, a pediatric clinic in rural Guatemala. CLAS, Children’s Hospital and the Shalom Foundation are working together to establish a surgery center in Guatemala City that will serve as an innovative new model for a “medical timeshare” to provide a physical base for medical missions and interns. With the School of Nursing we have a midwifery program in Guatemala, and with the Owen School of Management we run a Project Pyramid course focusing on economic development in Guatemala. Undergraduate student programs in Guatemala include the VISAGE service-learning course on health, development and culture.

Mayan Language Program

Beginning in Summer 2014, Vanderbilt, Tulane, University of Chicago, University of New Mexico, and University of Texas  will  offer a  6-week summer immersion language program in K’iche’ Maya and Kaqchikel Maya. Students will study with both U.S. faculty and native speakers. In addition to language study, students will participate in cultural activities, lectures, discussions, and excursions. Students may study one of the languages at the beginner, intermediate, or advanced level depending on placement by program directors. With more than 1.5 million K’iche’ and Kaqchikel speakers in Guatemala, the goal of the institute is to help students develop and advance proficiency in their chosen language and to gain a better understanding of the cultural and political contexts that have affected the historical development and preservation of the language.

See more information about  the Summer 2014 Mayan Language Institute here.

For a FULL list of Indigenous Language Programs to be offered in SUMMER 2012, click here.

Vanderbilt Projects in Guatemala

Alternative Spring Break: program going to Primeros Pasos clinic in Guatemala every year since 2005, organized through the Office of Active Citizenship (OAC).

Biomedical Engineering: Service-learning course taught by Cynthia Paschal; students work on medical equipment at Moore Surgery Center and other hospitals in Guatemala; collaboration with engineering students from the Universidad del Valle.

Cancuén Archaeology Project: Archaeology Park in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala; integrating local development and health projects and eco-tourism opportunities.

Conexión Guatemala: organization run by CLAS that brings together over 15 humanitarian mission efforts based in Nashville that focus on Guatemala.

Institute for Coffee Studies

Medicine, Health, and Society / CLAS VISAGE course: year-long VISAGE (Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement) course during which students spend 4 weeks in Guatemala.

Manna Project International:  Volunteer driven non-profit organization serving international communities. At the Guatemala site, teams of thirteen-month volunteers work alongside targeted communities to implement a wide array of development programs.

Owen School of Management: Project Pyramid course led by Bart Victor (Owen School of Management); students develop strategic planning and business models for Primeros Pasos clinic and other projects in Guatemala.

Primeros Pasos / InterAmerican Health Alliance: NGO founded and led by VU medical student Brent Savoie offering preventive pediatric care to over 1000 patients a month in rural areas.

School of Nursing / Nurse-Midwifery Program: New international component to the midwife program sends students to work with local midwives and Primeros Pasos clinic.

Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital / Shalom Foundation Alliance: 2-3 major surgical missions per year to Guatemala; Moore Surgery Center in Guatemala City, an innovative “medical timeshare” for missions trip that will involve local medical students and VU students and interns.

Kiche Mayan Language Program: The Center for Latin American Studies runs an intensive summer program for the study of the K’iche’ Mayan language in Nahuala, Guatemala, and receives U.S. Department of Edcuation funding to offer a two-year sequence of intensive Kiche’.

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