IDIS W30 Honduras: Jump In! [CLOSED]

Basic information

  • Location: Honduras
  • Dates: January 6–26, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this off-campus program has been suspended. The information on this page is available for reference and planning purposes, but may no longer be accurate. If and when Calvin is able to re-open this and other off-campus programs, information will be provided at the main Off-Campus Programs website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Off-Campus Programs office.

This off-campus interim combines out-door adventure with the opportunity to grapple with important issues that affect both rich and poor alike.

This off-campus interim combines out-door adventure with the opportunity to grapple with important issues that affect both rich and poor alike. We will explore the ancient culture of the Mayans at Copan, climb Mount Celaque, Honduras’ highest mountain peak, snorkel on its beautiful coral reefs and cliff jump at the beautiful Pulapanzak waterfall. When not adventuring, we will focus on understanding the complexities of immigration and security by hearing from both the powerful and influential--the US ambassador to Honduras, former Honduran president, the family of murdered environmental activist, Berta Caceres and “ordinary” Hondurans—shoemakers struggling to compete with the cheap shoes from China that are flooding the Honduran market, community members working with at-risk youth, coffee farmers who will show students how their coffee is made while explaining the complexities of the coffee economy.

Through classes, readings, daily discussions, journals and a final essay, students will gain a better understanding of the complex relationship between Honduras and the United States and the responsibility that each of us has as Christians and wealthy citizens of an often-hurting world. Fee: $2500. January 6–26. J. VanEngen, K. VerBeek. Off Campus

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