The department provides the following language and cultural experiences:
The Latin American Work/Study Tour is a summer program combining four to five weeks of evangelistic campaigns with language and culture study in Peru or another Latin American country. Students are guided in how to teach Bible studies during the semester prior to the trip. It may be possible to earn credits for participation. This opportunity is available for students who have completed at least SPAN202.
Students with two or more years of college Spanish or the equivalent speaking ability train during the academic year learning the culture and personal evangelism skills in Spanish. They then go on summer campaigns to Latin America.
For years, our department's summer campaigns went to Venezuela. However, due to the political situation there, other countries have also been visited. The group in 2002 went to Comitán, Mexico, and in recent years we have focused on Lima, Peru.
Four to five weeks in May and June.
An opportunity to co-labor with the Latin American brethren in a time period dedicated to extensive emphasis on individual Bible studies. We have discovered that the "one-on-one" approach yields much fruit and contributes to solid church growth. Upon arrival in our cities, we visit with currently enrolled Bible correspondence course students and set up personal studies with them.
The area is very receptive. As students of Spanish, or as individuals with Spanish speaking skills, we are able to begin working immediately, teaching and communicating with Latin Americans in their native tongue.
Supervisors in Latin America:
We work under the leadership of local missionaries and national preachers.
Target countries and cities:
In past campaigns to Venezuela, the group has centered its efforts in a number of larger cities such as Caracas, Barquisimeto, Maracaibo, Mérida and San Cristobal. As opportunities and needs arise, new locations are included in the outreach effort.
Campaigns have been conducted every summer since 1978 mostly in Venezuela. In the past 25 years, well over 1,000 people have been added to the Lord's church either as a direct or as an indirect result of the Harding campaigns or work activities. At least six congregations have been established through contacts made in these efforts.
A great door of opportunity is open to us in this yearly work. Please plan to help us, whether by joining us during the summer, or by providing support to those who will be members of our team.
Overseeing Congregation for LATIN AMERICAN SUMMER CAMPAIGNS: The College Church of Christ, Searcy, Arkansas
Address for reference:
Latin American Missions
Box 10897, Harding University
Searcy, AR 72143
LATIN AMERICAN CAMPAIGNS HAVE BEEN HELD IN (NOT IN ORDER):
The Venezuelan cities of Caracas, Cumaná, Barcelona, Ciudad Guayana, Maracay, San Felipe, Barquisimeto, Cabudare, Maracaibo, Cabimas, Mérida, San Cristobal, Valera, and Margarita Island; Comitan, Mexico; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Lima, Peru.
The French program Face a Face provides an opportunity for upper level French students to be immersed in the culture and language of French-speaking Europe while earning class credits.
The French Work/Study Tour is a summer program combining seven weeks of evangelistic campaigns with French language and culture study in the French-speaking countries of Europe. (This program is not offered every summer; consult the department.)
Additionally, Harding's International Programs provide opportunities for study abroad where language practice can be continued:
The Harding University in Latin America program (HULA) in cooperation with International Programs offers a semester of Spanish in South America every spring. HULA students live and study in the seaside resort of Viña del Mar, Chile. Field trips include Santiago, Easter Island, the Lake District of Chile, Torres del Paine, the Atacama Desert region, and Machu Picchu, Peru. Watch the HULA Film, an exciting documentary featuring our Latin America program.
Harding University in Florence (HUF) allows students to live in an authentic 16th century villa in Italy. Field trips include Cinque Terre, Rome and Southern Italy, and a Eurail pass provides students extensive travel opportunities throughout Europe. HUF is available during fall, spring, and summer semesters. Watch videos of HUF.
Students at Harding in Paris (HIP) live in apartments, experience the day-to-day life of the French people, and are offered ample opportunity to practice their language skills. The students and faculty engage in intensive classes before commencing a free-travel period (a Eurail pass is provided for this experience). See photos of HIP.
Other international experiences include periodic Spring Break campaigns or cultural tours to Central or South America or Spain.