Tentative activities include:
Spotting monkeys and crocodiles
Climbing ancient pyramids
Hiking through a rain forest and up a volcano
Visiting prospective Book of Mormon sites
Staying with an LDS family
Exploring interesting cities, including Mexico City and Guatemala City
Interacting with people of different cultures
Swimming through a cave and near waterfalls
Witnessing indigenous Maya religious and cultural ceremonies
Practicing your Spanish as much as you like
Having free time
Making some of the best friends of your life.
Cost of the tour is $2,695.00 (not including tuition)
All transportation (round trip air fare to and from Salt Lake, bus/boat fare, airport taxes)
All meals and lodging in MesoAmerica
All lodging in MesoAmerica
Entrance fees/tickets to attractions
Cost does not include:
Classes begin on the first Monday after winter semester ends and last for two weeks on campus. Following classes, travel begins and lasts for about 26 days. Students will return in time to take classes on second block if they are on track. Exact travel dates will be determined when airfare is purchased.
(An update of courses will be available soon.)
In previous years courses have included:
SOC 490R Latin American Studies (1 or 2 credit options)
FDREL 121 First half of Book of Mormon
FDREL 122 Second half of Book of Mormon
FDREL 327 Pearl of Great Price
ENG 218 Creative Writing
FDENG 201 Advanced Writing and Critical Reading
BIO 446 Ornithology
FDSCI 101 Science Foundations
FDCNC 250 Foundations Capstone
Applications are due Oct. 1. Late applications are accepted, but preference is given to applications received before Oct. 1 Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email in November.
A. Pick up an application packet from a director or from outside the English Department office. (Rigby Hall 180)
B. Take your application to Brother Richards, Rigby 309. (Slide it under his door if he's not there)
C.You will receive an e-mail notifying you of your acceptance. Pay the nonrefundable $300 deposit to confirm your spot.
D. For more details on program and application process, see the application packet.
Participants should be in sufficient health to be able to fully participate in a vigorous travel schedule. Brigham Young University cannot be responsible for any illness that would occur on the tour. Persons with heart disease, high blood pressure, or other physical impairments that could hinder them from normal participation with the group should contact the tour director, Jim Richards, before submitting an application. While you aren't required to climb all the pyramids, go on every hike, swim in every river, etc., that's half the fun. Be in shape before you go. Also, you will be asked to fill out a health form.
While traveling you are ambassadors of the church. As such, all participants are required to maintain high standards of honor, integrity, and morality in harmony with the values of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes abstinence from coffee, tea, alcohol, and narcotics, as well as following the LDS standards of chastity. Participants will dress modestly and appropriately for the occasion. Participants must also be willing to follow the directions of the tour directors and cooperate as a group. Violation of these standards or directions could result in a student being sent home at his or her own cost.
Brigham Young University Idaho Travel Study Programs reserve the right to make changes or substitutions in this offer as a result of increases in fares, hotels, currency rates, or other unforeseen circumstances prior to departure. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if deemed necessary for circumstances beyond our control such as strikes, walk-outs, riots, wars, acts of God, etc. In such case, Brigham Young University Travel Study Programs or its agents have no responsibility beyond refunding all deposits and moneys paid. Such refunds will be made within 30 days.