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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Comalapa, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Panajachel, Guatemala; Tecpan, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 5-Graduate, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Education, General Studies
Housing Options: Hostel or Hotel Credit Type: Resident Credit
Program Type: CES Faculty-Led Program SDSU Office: 2-Extended Studies
Program Description:

Mayan Community & School Improvement

Studying abroad in Guatemala was a beautiful experience. 
- Summer 2017 participant

The experience was great. Everything was well organized. Staff and hosts were wonderful.
- Summer 2016 participant

This experience truly opened my eyes to new cultures and ways of life. I discovered a new part of myself in traveling to Guatemala and [immersing] myself in their culture. I would do this trip a million times over again!

- Nikki T., Summer 2015

Getting to experience another culture, less focused on technology and more focused on life itself, was invaluable to me.
- Kaya W., Summer 2015

Summer 2019: Add your name to the Inquiry List below
Dates Abroad: TBA
Course Dates: TBA
Price: TBA


Summer 2018: Application Closed
Dates Abroad: May 25-June 2, 2018
Course Dates: May 25-June 2, 2018
Price: $1,732

NOTE: Information below is subject to change for 2019. Updates coming soon.


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.

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  • 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 Summer 2019 program must attend two pre-departure orientations meetings: 1. One through the College of Extended Studies (CES) (dates and location TBA), and 2. with a faculty member of the College of Education (date and location TBA). 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 by clicking HERE


Students visit various locations in the country of Guatemala, located in Central America, including Guatemala City, Tecpan, and Antigua.


All participants are required to register for the following SDSU College of Extended Studies (CES) “Special Sessions” course.  After you apply and are officially enrolled in the program, you will receive instructions on how to register for the course from the College of Extended Studies. 

  • ED 450: Education in Guatemala (1 Unit SDSU resident credit)

HINT for SDSU students: Log in to your WebPortal account and check your Degree Evaluation to see if the course fulfills your graduation requirementsOtherwise, meet with an academic advisor to discuss your options; click HERE for more information.  


  • Dr. Jacki Booth, Study Abroad Coordinator & Full-Time Lecturer, Department of Child and Family Development, College of Education, SDSU
  • Heather Jaffe, M.S., Lecturer, Department of Child and Family Development, College of Education, SDSU



Participants stay in a hotel/dormitory environment, in shared rooms with other students, each student in a single bed, using shared facilities. Three meals per day are provided, including snacks and water.  



Tentative for 2019:

  • Visit Panajachel and Solala Lake (swimming, hiking, shopping)
  • Hike Pacaya Volcano
  • Plantation tour
  • Solidarity Project
  • Community Migration Presentation
  • Visit local markets
  • Visit local churches
  • Tour archaeological site at Iximche
  • Mayan ceremony
  • Visit Microcredit Weaving Market in San Antonio Aguas Calientes (Antigua)
  • Celebration Dinners


Payment Schedule:
  $TBA  Deposit due with application, paid to the College of Extended Studies (CES), to reserve your spot in the program
  $TBA  Program payment due to CES 
  $TBA  Tuition due with course registration to CES 
  $TBA  Total Program Fee  

Included in the Fee:

  • 1 unit 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 hour on-site support

Not Included in the Fee:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Passport and visa fees (visit Students Abroad for more information)
  • Vaccinations, if necessary (visit CDC website for more information)
  • Food purchased from outside vendors
  • Personal expenses

Refund Policy:

Program Costs Refund:

  • Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable. For this program:
    • TBA: More information coming soon

Course Tuition Refund: 

Funding and Scholarship Information:

  • Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources. 



  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to all majors and class levels
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public.
  • Students must secure a passport and must present it to program director for inspection at least 45 days before departure
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18.
  • All participants must complete BOTH a mandatory CES-sponsored pre-departure orientation as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program


Summer 2019:
If you are interested in attending this program in Summer 2019, add your name to the Inquiry List below and you will receive email updates when available.




  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs. 
  • For more information about details of this program, please contact Dr. Jacki Booth,, in the SDSU College of Education.  
  • If you have questions about the application or payment process for this program, please contact Phil Hoog, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0638.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.