NCHC Study Away Opportunity—Guatemala



The following was posted to the NCHC Mailing list: opportunity to study abroad for all Honors students!

The University of Arizona International Program for Education and Social Action in Guatemala is now accepting applications for summer and fall!

You can get UA honors credit, take Spanish classes, complete a for-credit internship, participate in fascinating field trips and have an all-round life-changing experience. Below is the link for the program and some quotes from students who participated. Also attached are more student experiences.

The program is held in the beautiful El Sitio Cultural Center in Antigua, Guatemala, a World Heritage site. Students live with Guatemalan families.

Deadline to apply for summer is Feb. 15 and for Fall April 15. Write to Jill Calderon ( for information on financial aid and see the website below for application procedures. Applying is easy. Also feel free to write to Prof. Elizabeth Oglesby ( with questions about Guatemala or to contact students who’ve done the program.

The single most fundamental and dramatic shift of perspective I’ve ever experienced. –Nic, Fall 2009.

WOW! There is not enough room to describe how much theGuatemala Study Abroad program impacted me. I experienced personal growth that has propelled me into my future that influenced my religious beliefs, political beliefs, personal aspirations, self-confidence and how I wanted to impact the world. –Courtney, AY 2012-2013.

It was the experience of a lifetime. Not only did I learn incredible amounts about Guatemala, I learned about myself.–Paige, Summer 2013.

Guatemala changed me in so many positive ways that I don’t even know where to begin. First of all, I became fluent in Spanish which was one of my main reasons for going there. Second of all, it helped me grow so much as an individual; I was finally able to think for myself and come up with my own opinion about things. Being in Guatemala also made me realize that my true calling in life is to be a nurse. Working at Centro and Obras Sociales really gave me a higher appreciation for nurses and their role in the care of patients.–Britney, AY 2012-2013.

Choosing to study abroad for the entirety of my Sophomore year was by far the single most important and impactful decision I made during undergrad. I can say with complete sincerity that were it not for this program, I would not be who I am today, nor would I have the same passion that drives my professional career. Chelsea, Fall 2009-Spring 2010.

The Guatemala Study Abroad program was one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life. I made lifelong friendships and learned more than I could have imagined. Lawrence, Fall 2007.