This is a faculty-led immersion program and is administered by Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator. This program is not administered by the Center for International Education. Any questions about this program should be directed to Shanti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-836-6037. Submit all application materials to Schofield 17. This program is listed on the Center for International Education website to assist students in exploring all international opportunities.
Program Summary & Location
This program focuses on social and environmental justice issues through hands-on engagement and interactions with Guatemalan community members. Students will participate in community-based projects to investigate equity and sustainability related to the distribution and use of natural resources in several unique cultural settings.
Students will meet local leaders who are working to improve the natural environment and the lives of Guatemalans. Faculty/staff leaders will use high-impact learning opportunities to enrich and deepen student cultural competency and to help students explore their roles as global citizens.
Students will travel to four different areas in Guatemala (Guatemala City, Antigua, San Lucas-Sololá, and Santa Anita). The program starts in Antigua, where students will explore the colonial city, meet local coffee farmers, and hike the Pacaya Volcano. Students will then travel to and volunteer at San Lucas Mission in Sololá, a solidarity organization working to empower Guatemalans to be self-sustaining and self-initiating. Students then travel to Santa Anita, a rural community to stay with host families and participate in agricultural work and hikes with local community members. The program returns to Antigua for visits to a local market, and ends with a visit to Safe Passage in Guatemala City, where students will experience waste management issues and practices in the poorest district.
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Support - Guatemala Faculty-Led
Housing & Meals
Over the course of the two week immersion, students will experience several living arrangements within the environments we are visiting. This includes a guest house, in homestay families, and at local hostels. The majority of meals are provided within the living accommodations and visits. However, there will be several occasions to try some local restaurants particularly in Chichicastenango and Antigua.
This faculty-led program receives funding from the Blugold Commitment Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) program, and each student is eligible to receive funding for only one FLIIE experience. By clicking on the following term, you will find more information on program costs. If the term you want to go abroad is not listed, please see the most recent term and add 7% to your estimate to factor in exchange rate fluctuations and tuition increases. Click on the buttons below to view that term's cost estimate.
Learn More & How To Apply
Still have some questions? You can schedule an appointment with Shanti Freitas (Faculty-Led Immersion Coordinator) by calling 715-836-6037 or emailing email@example.com.
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