Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
Study Abroad
Ancient Maya Mathematics and Modern Communities of Belize and Northern Guatemala
Led by Archaeologist Dr. Christopher Powell

Arranged for Professors Ximena Catepillan and Alex Redcay
Millersville University

This one-week travel course through Belize and Guatemala's Peten Rain Forest to explore its ancient Maya ruins while learning about their civilization, amazing mathematical ablities and connnections to modern Maya people.

The focus of this trip is to offer students cultural immersion, learning through service, and development of knowledge and skills related to diversity and cultural competence that fosters both professional and personal growth. Specifically, the service learning portions of the trip will address the social work core competencies of ethical and professional behavior, engage diversity and difference, engage with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities and to use self-reflection to evaluation their knowledge, skills and abilities to do so. This program especially geared toward non-math and science students that need a G2 mathematics course to fulfill their general education requirements but is open to everyone. Students minoring in African-American Studies and Latino Studies are strongly encouraged to apply.

Ancient Maya Mathematics and Modern Communities of Belize and Northern Guatemala
Price $1600 per person based on double occupancy
Add $300 for a single room supplement
$400 deposit due upon registration

Dates May 19-25, 2018
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May 19, Saturday: Arrival
Afternoon: Flights to Belize City Airport
Afternoon: Transport to San Ignacio
Evening: Safety and Cultural Awareness Orientation
Overnight at Cahal Pech Eco-Village Resort
 
May 20, Sunday: Caracol
Morning: Transport to and tour of Caracol
Afternoon: Field discussion of the Maya Calendar
Evening: Rest and reflection meeting
Overnight at Cahal Pech Eco-Village Resort
 
May 21, Monday: Flores
Morning: Transport to Flores, Guatemala
Afternoon: Boat trip in Lake Peten Itza - Zoo
Evening: Lecture: Maya Mathematics
Overnight at Casona de la Isla
 
May 22, Tuesday: Tikal
Morning: Transport to and tour of Tikal
Afternoon: Field discussion of Maya math
Evening: Rest in Flores
Overnight at Casona de la Isla
 
May 23, Wednesday: Flores Community Service
Morning: Meet Peten communities
Afternoon: Community help projects at elementary schools
Evening: Reflection meeting
Overnight at Casona de la Isla
 
May 24, Thursday: Yaxha
Morning: Transport to and tour of Yaxha
Afternoon: Picnic lunch at Yaxha and reflection
Afternoon: Transport back to Belize
Evening: Final dinner and closing ceremonies
Overnight at Cahal Pech Eco-Village Resort
 
May 25, Friday: Departure
Morning: Transport to the Belize City Airport
Afternoon: Flights back to the USA

LODGING (subject to change)
San Ignacio, Belize: Cahal Pech Eco-Village Resort
Hotel services include AC, cable TV, internet access, restuarant, and pool.

Flores, Guatemala: Casona de la Isla
Hotel services include AC, cable TV, internet access, restuarant, and pool.

PRICE INCLUDES
- Lodging
- Breakfasts
- Lunches
- Ground and water transportation
- Entrance fees
- MEC instructor
- Evening lectures
- Community project supplies and equipment
- Course notebook


PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Airfare to/from Belize City
- Dinners
- Tips for service providers (drivers, waiters, maids, etc..)


Proceeds from MEC Tours are the center's primary source of research funding. As such, a portion of the tour costs are tax deductible. MEC will provide participants with receipts and proper documentation regarding the center's 501(c)(3) non-profit status for your records. Study abroad program costs are not tax deductible.
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