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Guatemala: Sustainable Community Service

18 Guatemala Guatemala: Sustainable Community Service, Education, Construction and Public Health

The Course: GLS – 120 Education Experience Abroad (3 Spring Credits (Humanities and/or Diversity/Elective) 
Are you ready to make a global impact this Winter Break? This program is for students in all walks of life, all majors and no matter what you want to do after Kirkwood. Guatemala has everything you are looking for in a study abroad experience. You’ll work hard, build friendships, earn academic credit and experience culture in a meaningful way. It will change the way you see the world and other cultures. It may even change the way you live your life.  Taught by experienced faculty who have been going to Guatemala for over 10 years, this program is an exciting, safe and valuable opportunity.  Plus, with the chance to earn a $1,000 Global Advantage Scholarship, now is the time to study abroad!

We partner with a non-profit Guatemalan owned organization called ImagininGuatemala, a non-profit headquartered in beautiful and historic Antigua. The organization is dedicated to bettering the lives of the less-fortunate in Guatemala. Brought together by a common desire to improve the lives of their neighbors, the staff have decades of experience in non-profit organizations, and know the needs of the people of the area, being native Guatemalans themselves.  You will be part of a service team which will help provide:
  • Housing that is safe, weather resistant and sustainable
  • Food and water to communities and areas where access to nutritious food and clean water are scarce.
  • Educational assistance to children and their families including tuition, uniforms, and other supplies necessary
  • Assist with medical and dental needs for children in need (Optional)
The Destination: Antigua, Guatemala
A place of rare beauty, major historical significance and vibrant culture, Antigua remains Guatemala's must-visit destination.  A former capital city, the city boasts an impressive array of colonial relics in a magnificent setting. Streetscapes of pastel facades unfold beneath three volcanoes. Today it remains a vibrant Guatemalan town; its churches, plazas and markets are throbbing with activity. Outside the city, indigenous communities, coffee plantations and volcanoes offer ample opportunities for exploration.
(Add: Photos of Antigua, coffee plantation and volcano)

 “Perhaps the real miracle of Antigua is its resilience. Despite earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and floods, followed by virtual abandonment, it has re-emerged with a vengeance, buoyed by the pride of its inhabitants.” –Lonely Planet, 2018

Experience Highlights: 
  • Kirkwood Credit: 3-credit Humanities Course (AAS) or Diversity/Elective Course (AA/AS)
  • Community Service: building homes and other community outreach activities
  • Real-world experience: tackle real global challenges hands-on
  • Team-building:  create enduring connections with Guatemalan and American friends
  • Resume Builder: showcase your global competencies to future employers

Cultural Excursions:
  • Traditional Mayan Ceremony
  • Antigua City Tour
  • Weekend Excursions
  • Coffee Plantation
  • Zip Lining

Estimated Program Fee: $3,200 
(1,000 Global Advantage Scholarship available for most qualified students) 

Program Fee Includes:
  • Round Trip Airfare 
  • Housing (home-stay with Guatemalan family)
  • Most meals 
  • Health Insurance 
  • Cultural Excursions 
Program Fee Does Not Include: 
  • Tuition for Spring 2019 credits 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Passport Fee 

Faculty Contact:
Lisa Hebl, Professor, Dental Hygiene
Linn Hall, Room 2164J