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  • Locations: Zacapa, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring Break (W)
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Quarter
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Information:

Location Zacapa, Guatemala
Academic Term Winter Quarter (Spring Break)
March 21- March 31, 2019
Estimated Program Fee $3,350
Credits 1 UW credit
Prerequisites Spanish language proficiency (high school, college) is helpful but not necessary to participate in this program. Successful progress through our graduate-level curriculum is all that is necessary.
***If you would like to be considered for scholarship, you must be enrolled in the following course for the Winter 2019 term:
- 552E for state-funded students
- 553E for PCE students
Program Directors Julie A. Dunlap |
Rosemary Berwald
Program Manager Darielle Horsey |
Priority Application Deadline May 15, 2018
Extended Application Deadline October 10, 2018
Information Sessions TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.
General Introduction to Service Learning practice in speech-language pathology and audiology.

Program Description

This service learning experience is intended for speech-language pathology and audiology graduate students in the UW Department of Speech & Hearing Sciences. Service learning is a structured learning experience combining community service with explicit learning objectives, preparation, and reflection (Seifer, 1998). By combining academic theory with practical real-life, hands-on experience with patients in local communities, you will gain a broader and deeper understanding of your overall course content, foster your sense of civic engagement, and gain insight into yourself and your place in the global community. You will be accompanied and mentored by faculty experienced in global outreach to enhance your critical-thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and collaboration skills.

The program culminates in a 1 to 2 day stay in Antigua, Guatemala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you are invited to relax and enjoy the beauty of Guatemala post-clinic.




Zacapa, Guatemala


Zacapa and Antigua, Guatemala


Hearts in Motion (HIM) contracts with Hotel Atlantico in Santa Cruz, Zacapa where students and faculty stay along with staff from HIM. HIM contracts with a local hotel in Antigua



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Spanish language proficiency (high school, college) is helpful but not necessary to participate in this program. Successful progress through our graduate-level curriculum is all that is necessary.

If you would like to be considered for scholarship, you must be enrolled in the following course for the Winter 2019 term:
- 552E for state-funded students
- 553E for PCE students

Guatemala is hot and humid. Students must be able to tolerate heat, long bus rides, standing for long periods, and sitting on dirt floors. Good mobility is important as there are no ADA accommodations (curb cut-outs, elevators, etc.).


1UW Credit


SPHSC 552 E: Service Learning Zacapa (1 Credit)

Provides hands-on learning of clinical skills developed through previous coursework and clinical practica to enhance academic and clinical preparation. Addresses key issues in global health disparity and counseling in extreme poverty including professional boundaries. Content will include introduction to inter-professional education and collaboration, disability awareness in another culture, assessment of speech/language and hearing, treatment/recommendations appropriate to the resources available, and caregiver education. Students will engage in reflective practices to increase self-awareness, explore participants' feelings and reactions, and build empathy and respect for others. Course will include a post-trip presentation to students/faculty in the department. Prerequisite: graduate standing in SPHSC or permission of instructor.

Learning goals include:
Students will:
1. Engage in discussion about Guatemalan culture, health practices, best practices in assessment & treatment in the context of poverty/global health disparity.
2. Keep a reflection journal linking their service experience to course content and reflect upon why their participation in this program was important.
3. Engage with community stakeholders including parents, other caregivers, teachers, and cultural brokers to further patient care as well as understand & identify existing community strengths.
4. Prepare and present a post-trip summary of their experiences.
Areas of Knowledge: Cultural and linguistic diversity
Receptive/Expressive language
Writing Credit



Julie A. Dunlap, Speech & Hearing Sciences, Program Director

Julie A. Dunlap, MS, CCC-SLP, is a Sr. Lecturer in the University of Washington Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. She worked at Seattle Children’s Hospital for 13 years serving a wide range of patients with congenital, developmental, and acquired neurogenic communication deficits. She joined the UW faculty in 2007 teaching courses in speech sound disorders and pediatric feeding and swallowing. Her current clinical and research focus is promoting global outreach to underserved populations.

Rosemary Berwald, Speech & Hearing Sciences Clinical Associate, Co-Director



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $3,580

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and transportation in program
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,200)
  • Food (Meals included in during clinical portion of the program in Zacapa; dinner is included while in Antigua.  Anticipate breakfast/lunch in Antigua ~$20 US/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: January 25th, 2019

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.