The Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona invites you to participate in its renowned study abroad program in Guatemala, the International Program for Education and Social Action (IDEAS). We partner with the Association for the Advancement of the Social Sciences in Guatemala, one of Guatemala's leading intellectual centers that emphasizes the connection between research and social action (http://avancso.org.gt/). Classes are held in the El Sitio Cultural Center in Antigua, Guatemala (www.elsitiocultural.org/), a stunningly beautiful World Heritage town (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/65), and students live with Guatemalan families in Antigua.
The IDEAS study abroad program in Guatemala is a unique experience that combines stimulating academics with for-credit internships that engage students in a transformational pedagogy. Our program weaves together theoretical and practical engagement in themes such as development and public health, ethnic relations and human rights, and indigenous politics with ongoing reflection of current events, home-stay experiences, top-notch language training and encounters with Guatemalan activists, artists, students and scholars. You will be opening yourself to sights and sounds, thoughts and feelings of a country known equally for its spectacular beauty and deep social contrasts. Our goal is to give you a prism with which to analyze the present and build your personal and professional future in relation to a rapidly changing and increasingly challenged planet and its people.
To read about how transformational this program has been for previous students, see:
From Dr. Elizabeth Oglesby: Dear students: we still have a few more spots for the Fall 2015 semester in Guatemala. This is an absolutely amazing program and also counts for the LAS immersion requirement. If you are looking for a study abroad experience that is not run-of-the mill, and really integrates you into the country, this is the program for you. Below is the program info. and attached are alumni comments. I know students are super busy during this time of the semester, but if you read the alumni comments, it just might change your life....Email Prof. Oglesby at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info. Financial aid is available.