Semester in Honduras: Justice Studies

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Learn about justice issues in Tegucigalpa by studying abroad in one of two Calvin semester programs in Honduras. Whether through an interview with a worker in a garment factory or a lecture from one of Honduras' top politicians, this semester will open your eyes to a new way of thinking about justice: as something that's possible.

Students from all majors are invited to the Justice Studies in Honduras semester, offered through Calvin College's off-campus programs. Earn 15 credits of coursework in community development and Honduran culture, taught by professors who live out what they're teaching. Choose a two-week practicum where you work with an organization of your choice. Learn Spanish by speaking Spanish, even if you haven't taken much before.
In Honduras, you'll stay with host families in the beautiful town of Santa Lucía, just outside the capital, Tegucigalpa. You may learn to cook traditional food, play soccer with your younger siblings, or hear traditional stories from your abuelo. Whatever your experience, many students say staying with a host family is one of the most rewarding parts of their semester. In coffee fields and subsistence farms, in embassies and Congress, don't just learn about a developing country: learn from one. Come together with people who share your passions and see how you can be part of the solution.

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Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Students will stay 20 minutes outside of Tegucigalpa with Honduran families in the beautiful town of Santa Lucía. Tegucigalpa is in southern Honduras and surrounded by a chain of mountains, with the Choluteca River running through it from north to south.

History
Founded as a Spanish settlement on September 29, 1578, it became the permanent capital of Honduras in 1880. Originally known for its silver and gold mining industries, Tegucigalpa gets its name from the phrase "silver mountain" in the ancient Nahuatl language.
Population
approx. 1.25 million
Climate
Honduras is in a tropical climate zone, but because of altitude, it has characteristics of a more moderate climate, with average temperatures ranging from 66-74° F (19-23° C). It is coolest in December and January, warmest and driest in March and April and wettest during the hurricane season from June to November.

Academics

Over the duration of this program, you will complete the following courses in succession:

  • STHO 210: Exploring a Third World Society
  • STHO 211: The Problem of Poverty
  • STHO 212: Development Theory in Practice

Course 4 is a Spanish class you choose and is taught by Honduran teachers:

  • SPAN xxx: Spanish Language Study

Course 5 is a 2-week practicum:

  • STHO 310: Honduras Semester Practicum

Learn more about direct-enroll transfer credits in academic services.

Course Fulfillments

By studying in Honduras you will fulfill your cross cultural engagement (CCE) core requirement.

Accommodations

You will live with a Honduran family in San Lucia, a beautiful town in the mountains 20 minutes outside of Tegucigalpa. Fluency in Spanish is not required for this experience. Read an open letter about student safety in Honduras.

Eligibility

You must have a 2.5 grade point average and be of sophomore status to participate in the justice studies program in Honduras. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors for the program.

Cost

The final program cost is expected to be within $1,000 of Calvin tuition and room and board on campus. More specific cost information will be sent with your acceptance letter. The final program cost is based on many factors and is not known exactly until the number of students in the group has been identified. The financial information page covers the details that go into the cost of the program and rough estimates for each. The cost for the Honduras Justice semester will include:

  • Tuition
  • Room
  • Food allowance
  • Administration
  • Field trips
  • Round trip airfare from Grand Rapids

Additional expenses not included in the program fee: passport, books, immunizations and medical insurance (required), personal travel expenses and spending money. Make sure that your passport is up-to-date and will not expire any time in the next year. Note that Honduras is an inexpensive country for visitors with dollars, so an extra $100 to $150 per month should provide plenty of spending money.

Application

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Click the Application link above to see more information and submit an application to the Off-Campus Programs Office.

Guest students may apply for this program.

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Kurt Ver Beek

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