Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Interested in Latin America?


The University of Arizona and the Center for Mesoamerican Research (CIRMA) invite you to participate in a study abroad program in Guatemala. This is a summer, spring and/or fall semester program. Students receive a University of Arizona transcript.

Program highlights include:

* a variety of Latin American Studies, Anthropology, History, and Spanish classes, taught by professors, scholars, and practitioners from Central America. Students can also study a Mayan language. Most classes can be taken for honors credit, and some can be taken for graduate credit.

* classes give an in-depth and on-the-ground view of social history and social movements, and peace and development issues.

*  new classes include a week-long, two credit Geography field course on Community-Based Tourism in Q'eqch'i communities of Alta Verapaz, visiting community-run archeaological sites, tubing through palatial caves, attending a Mayan ceremony, and meeting with Q'eqch'i community leaders.

* engaging field trips throughout Guatemala related to course material.

* opportunities to travel on your own (Guatemala is incredibly beautiful, complex and fascinating!)

* a home stay with a Guatemalan family.

* for-credit internships at CIRMA and use of CIRMA's extensive research library and documentary and photographic archives, one of the largest collections in Latin America. CIRMA is located in a stunningly beautiful colonial mansion in the center of Antigua, Guatemala.

* internships and volunteer opportunities in the surrounding community.

* study abroad students are also doing internships at Safe Passage/Camino Seguro
( in Guatemala City.  Safe Passage provides life-transforming aid to children of families who live in a shantytown.  Study abroad students have found that lending a hand to this incredible organization not only makes a real difference in the world, but that it changes their own lives as well. This internship can be accompanied by a for-credit directed reading in urban anthropology and/or Latin American urban history.

* a colloquium series that brings in renowned political, social and cultural leaders to dialogue with the study abroad students.

For photos and to read what a recent student has to say about her experience in Guatemala, read the blog "A brief interlude of sensational experience":

A few spots are still open for spring 2011! Deadline to apply for spring 2011 is November 1.

For more information about the application process:
contact Jill Calderon at the UA Study Abroad office:

For questions about CIRMA and Guatemala:
contact John Way, Study Abroad Program Director for CIRMA:

For program information, see:

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