NORTH NEWTON, KAN- A group of Bethel College students will spend the month of January participating in the course Poverty Seminar-Guatemala, led by associate professor of sociology Julie Hart. The course will examine the origins, conditions and consequences of poverty in Central America. Students will study both urban and rural poverty in the context of international trade. The group will travel for two weeks in the rural areas of Guatemala and will visit with various indigenous groups. In addition, most weekends will be free for students to travel within the country.
Participants in the group will be Megan Bartel, junior from Colorado Springs, Colo.; Nathan Buhr, sophomore from Wichita; Erin Gingrich-Gaylord, junior from Wichita; Leah Larson, sophomore from Clay Center; Elizabeth Rempel, sophomore from Newton; Kara Schmidt, freshman from Newton; Greta Steingard, sophomore from Henderson, Neb.; and Dave Unruh, junior from Wichita.
This trip is a part of the college's January interterm, in which students study one subject for a month. This year other students will also travel to Colorado, Chicago, New York City and Jerusalem. Many students also study on campus.