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Vail Valley: College sponsors spring study abroad to Guatemala

Vail Daily Staff Report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado – Adventurous, travel-loving community members are invited to join Colorado Mountain College students and professors for a nine-day study abroad trip to north-central Guatemala in early March.

Participants will study human rights and indigenous culture in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala. Organizer Bob Gumbrecht, a Colorado Mountain College associate professor who teaches political science and geography, said the class offers a unique opportunity to visit the beautiful country with translators on a fully guided trip that will focus on art, political science and the rich history of the Mayan culture.

Students on the trip, scheduled for March 5-14, will explore Guatemalan weaving, painting, pottery and architecture in the context of the country’s tumultuous political and social history. Highlights will include visits to major art museums and meetings with artists, a visit to a noted textile museum, talks with weavers, talks with political and cultural figures about human rights, civil war and social justice, and time to visit local markets and see the country.

The itinerary includes outings to several cities and a two-day visit to Tikal including the well-preserved ancient Mayan ruins at Tikal National Park.

Those who register for the class can earn six college credits in art and political science. Trip registration is refundable through Nov. 30 and is required and nonrefundable by Dec. 11. The group will be capped at 20 participants. A payment plan is also available through the college. To find out more, contact Gumbrecht at 970-870-4484, or, or Zyzda at 970-870-4432, or

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The college is also offering a spring-semester study abroad program in Spain, for either three weeks or three months. Though the class starts in February, the registration deadline is approaching. For more information, contact professor Mary Ebuna at 719-486-4224, or

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