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  • Locations: Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Child and Family Development, Education, Liberal Studies
Housing Options: Residence Hall Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: Department-Led Program SDSU Office: Education
Program Description:

*** The College of Education Spring Break 2018 Study Abroad Program to Guatemala is currently full.  Applications are now closed. ***

Program Profile

Guatemala is known as the "Land of Eternal Spring" because of its verdant and mild climate. It is also the home of ancient Mayan villages and beautiful colonial cities. While in Guatemala students will work in rural areas to improve primary school infrastructure, visit a local market, and teach a lesson to local children. While experiencing the distinct beauty of Guatemala's towns, villages, and ancient ruins, students will do work that strengthens communities and families. You will enjoy the beauty of the natural world while working in local community development projects and learning more about regional history, culture, and sustainability efforts.

Activities :
  • Boat tour on the lake in Panajachel
  • Hiking rural villages
  • Visit local markets
  • Visit local churches
  • Solidarity Project
  • Visit special education school in Comalapa
  • Tour archaeological site at Iximche
  • Mayan ceremony
  • Plantation hike with local farmer's
  • Visit Microcredit Weaving Market in San Antonio Aguas Calientes
Price (Estimate) :
  • $1,225 plus $60 insurance fee
Included in Program Fee :
  • 3 units of SDSU resident credit
  • Lodging
  • 3 Meals a day including snacks and clean water
  • In-country ground transportation
  • Excursions
  • Service projects
  • Presentations by local experts
  • Travel Medical & Repatriation insurance and first aid
  • 24 on-site support
Not Included in the Program Fee :
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Food purchased from outside vendors
  • Personal expenses
  • Additional Information
Additional Information :
Students must secure a passport and must present it to program director for inspection at least 45 days before departure. All participants in the Spring Break 2018 program must attend two pre-departure orientations meetings: 1. One through the College of Extended Studies (CES) (dates and location TBD), and 2. with a faculty member of the College of Education (date and location TBD). In order to participate in the Guatemala Study/Teach Abroad Program, you MUST attend both meetings.

For more information, visit the College of Education website.

Academic Notes
  • All participants enroll in the following SDSU course: Education 450: Global Cultural Experience Guatemala (3 Units SDSU resident credit).
  • Professor : Dr. Andina Nieto Aste, SDSU College of Education
For more information
  • Contact: Dr. Sarah Maheronnagsh or Dr, Jacki Booth in EBA 259
  • Telephone: (619) 594-3266
  • Email:

Language Notes
This course will be taught in English.

Program Dates
March 23 - 31, 2018

Insurance Requirement
All SDSU students will be automatically enrolled in the appropriate international health insurance for their study abroad term. The insurance charge will appear on your student account services billing shortly before departure. Students will receive more detailed instructions regarding insurance before departure.

For more information about entry/exit requirements for your host country, visit the U.S. Department of State website.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.