International Program for Education and Social Action in Guatemala Applications Available

Guatemala, courtesy of the University of Arizona International Program for Education and Social Action in Guatemala

Guatemala, courtesy of the University of Arizona International Program for Education and Social Action in Guatemala

The International Program for Education and Social Action Guatemala hosted by The University of Arizona is a unique study abroad experience with rigorous academics exploring issues of human rights, post-conflict reconciliation, ethnicity and democratization and community health. Classes are led by Central American faculty. There are also research opportunities and internships that are much more immersive than a typical “volunteer tourism” experience.

The program is not accepting applications for the summer and fall trips. The program is held in the beautiful El Sitio Cultural Center in Antigua, Guatemala, a World Heritage site. Students will live with Guatemalan families, during their stay. The cost of the summer program is about $6,000 (all inclusive) and the semester program is $10,500, inclusive of tuition, room and board, and program fees. You can get UA honors credit, take Spanish classes, complete a for-credit internship, participate in field trips and have an all-round life-changing experience.

The deadline to apply for summer is February, 15, 2016 and for fall the deadline is April 15, 2016. For more information on requirements and how to apply, please visit the program’s website. For information about financial aid please contact Jill Calderon at or for more general information, please contact Professor Elizabeth Oglesby at

Student Testimonials:

“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 the Guate 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 an experience of a lifetime. Not only did I learn incredible amounts about Guatemala, I learned about myself.”  — Paige, Summer 2013

“Guatemala change 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 roles 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 more 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