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  • Locations: Los Angeles, United States
  • Program Terms: May
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
May 2019 12/31/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Program Description:
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Faculty Leaders: Nancy Cook (, John Yelding (, Sue Brondyk (

Program Dates: May 6-25, 2019
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Location: Los Angeles, California; with visits to nearby locations, such as Long Beach.

Costs (approximate):  
            Program fee: $2,650
            Airfare: $550 (estimate)
            Tuition cost: $2,100
            Total: $5,300

Course Options: 4 Credits
EDUC 488, fulfills GLD requirement
**May complete one additional general education requirement with instructor approval.

Important Dates: 
            Application Deadline: November 16, 2018
            Scholarship Information: Please click here for application - HCTW 2017 Scholarship Application (5).docx

Program Overview: 
The Hope Comes to Watts May Term provides a uniquely rewarding 3-week experience at the Watts Learning Center in Los Angeles, California. Students are paired with mentor teachers at this award-winning school for daily classroom experiences. In addition to placements in the school environment, the program can work to arrange alternate placements outside of the classroom setting. On top of this day-to-day opportunity to interact with children and youth in an urban setting, students participating in the trip experience a wide range of cultural opportunities in and around Los Angeles and Southern California. The program provides the Hope student with a chance to work intensively with children, youth, and teachers in an urban school, explore teaching and its day-to-day opportunities and challenges, identify and discover one's Christian calling, and explore issues of social justice.

Each weekday morning, Hope students travel to one of the two campuses (elementary school or middle school) of the Watts Learning Center where they are assigned to work with one or more experienced teachers or other support personnel in the school. They work one-on-one with the students in the school, prepare materials for the classroom, and have additional opportunities to teach throughout the 3-week experience. After school hours are spent participating in after-school programs at the school and professional development opportunities offered on each campus.

Evenings and weekends are reserved for social and cultural activities such as:  Watts 4
  • a sailing trip of Los Angeles Harbor
  • dinner at the Santa Monica Pier
  • a photo scavenger hunt of ethnic areas in Los Angeles
  • shopping and dinner at Universal City Walk
  • sightseeing on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • a trip to the tide pools at Long Beach
  • an afternoon hike to the Hollywood sign
  • a stop at the Watts Towers, and
  • attendance at an African-American worship service, and more!
Hope students leave the program with an exciting experience under their belts and a strong sense of accomplishment and success.