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Guatemala: Childhood in the Developing World



Develop a deeper understanding of how cultural, economic and social context influences development in children by studying how this occurs in the developing world, and then spend two weeks in Guatemala examining factors that impact risk and resilience in the children of that nation. Students will learn about education, trauma, child labor, community risks and cultural differences.

It is an outstanding opportunity to step outside of your own lives and learn how you can respond ethically to the needs of children and families, through the example of very real people you will encounter in Guatemala. It is an outstanding program for anyone interested in Education, Social Welfare of children, or Psychology.  The program visits Guatemala City, Antigua, Comalapa, Panajachel, Xela and El Tizate.


Eligibility and program cap: Participants must have a 2.00 GPA or higher and sophomore status to enroll.  This program has no language requirement and all instruction is in English. The program cap is 22 students.

Course(s) and credits: Students in this program must enroll in PSYC 405 (two credits) in Fall semester and the accompanying PSYC 406 (two credits, G suffix) during the January Term.  

Faculty contacts: For more information, contact: J. Rose (psychology) or J. Schultz (psychology)

Dates: Fall semester, with January travel program. January 2020.

Budget and fees

Program fee: $2,900. Augie Choice is available for Juniors or Seniors.

Includes: Airfare, lodging, ground transportation, meals, excursions and travel health insurance.

Does not include: Discretionary spending.

Out of pocket estimate: $100-$300