Location(s): Antigua, San Martin Jilotepeque, and Lago Atitlan, Guatemala  


Virtual Prep Week: June 13th, - June 17th

Arrival Date:  June 20, 2022 End Date: July 5, 2022

Program Overview

*Upcoming Online Info Sessions: Feb 23rd at 1:00pm - Register Here 

This program will explore the historical and contemporary strengths and challenges to Guatemala’s food and agricultural system through the lens of Agroecology and indiginous-led agricultural development work. Examples of learning objective topics include developing students' competencies in biological soil fertility and pest management, tillage and cultivation, crop care, and analysis of diversified farming systems. The course frames these more technical production competencies within learning objectives related to agriculture literacies, and analyzing broader societal aspects of food sovereignty, and the development of equitable and ecologically sustainable food systems. By broadening student perspectives and understandings of our diverse global community, students will strengthen their ability to think critically about solutions. Studying and working in an unfamiliar place will support students gaining a clearer sense of who they are as learners, so that they leave the program empowered to tackle the challenges – both academic and nonacademic – that inevitably lie ahead.

Language of Instruction: English and Spanish (with translation into English)

Course(s): Agroecology Practicum, ENVS 133B (6 units)

Max Enrollment: 19

Faculty Leader: Damian Parr

Contact: globallearning@ucsc.edu 

Program Highlights

  • Communities & Farms
    • Explore local communities in multiple locations and get hands-on experiences working on agroecological farms in each area. Work side-by-side with local farmers and contribute to the ongoing work of agroecology in Guatemala!
  • Volcan Acatenango
    • While in Antigua students will hike Acatenango, a dormant volcano that houses multiple zones of biodiverse flora. Students will learn from local campesinos about the approaches to farming at different elevations of the volcanoes.
  • San Juan La Laguna, Lago Atitlan
    • In addition to studying and working at the Mayan-led Institute of Mesoamerica and Permaculture, students will visit San Juan La Laguna and learn from community members that have preserved the indigenous means of making coffee, tea, chocolate and using local herbs for medicinal purposes.


How to Apply

  1. Review the below eligibility criteria, prerequisites, and specific requirements for this program
  2. Apply in the Global Learning Portal

All applications will be processed first-come, first-served. Students are encouraged to apply early due to limited capacity. 

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Good Academic and Disciplinary Standing at the time of application and every quarter prior to departure
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the time of application and every quarter prior to departure
  • Be at least 18 years old by the time of departure

Prerequisites and Program-Specific Application Requirements

  • This program is open to students from any major. However, if you are an Agroecology or ENVS major, previous or concurrent enrollment in ENVS 100 and ENVS 100L is recommended.