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Program Description

PLEASE NOTE: This program will not be offered in Summer 2020,
as this program is offered every other year. 



Guatemala Students Jumping

This field school is led by Dr. Jonathan Maupin, one of SHESC's top medical anthropologists. Students will benefit from his extensive research experience focusing on issues of community participation in health programs, variation in illness concepts, and cultural competency among the Kaqchikel Maya in Guatemala. Students will learn about indigenous healthcare by making sits visits with healthcare providers, and conducting interviews in rural communities with Mayan midwives and community health workers, as well as assist in data entry and analysis.

   Quick Facts

  • June 9 - July 12, 2019
  • Just over 4 weeks in 2 different cities: Antigua and Acatenango
  • Learn about indigenous healthcare through site visits in rural communities
  • Earn 6 credits
  • Participants must be 18 years or older
  • Early application deadline: February 13, 2019

Additional details can be found at:


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Location Details

If you like mountains, markets and exploring ancient civilizations, then Guatemala is for you. Explore Antigua, a clean and modern town nestled between three volcanoes. The town itself has a well-preserved Spanish Mudejar influence and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To the west of the city sits Acatenango, a volcano that last erupted in 1972.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.


Eligibility Requirements

  • Open to all majors
  • Must have 2.5 GPA but 2.0 GPA considered with academic letter of recommendation
  • 18 years or older
  • Spanish language proficiency
  • Application deadline: February 13, 2019


Students must enroll in 6 credits.

  • ASB 302: Ethnographic Field Study (3) - Fulfills General Studies (L or SB) & G
  • ASB 443 (3)/SSH 403 (6): Cross-Cultural Studies in Global Health - Fulfills CLAS Science & Society, also fulfills General Studies (L or SB) & G
  • ASB 452/SSH 402: Community Partnerships for Global Health (3) - Fulfills General Studies SB
  • ASB 583: Fieldwork (3)
  • SSH 512: Social Science Applications in Community Health (3)
Non-ASU students should consult this page for information on how to apply to the program.  Current ASU students can click on the 'Apply Now' button at the top of the page.
Student taking survey SHESC


Faculty Director

Jonathan Maupin
Assistant Professor
School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
Telephone: (480) 965-6213

Program Contacts

School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
P.O. Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
Telephone: (480) 965-6215

Maupin w Guatemalan hosts


Guatemalan House

Program Housing

Students will be housed in shared hotel rooms for part of the program. In Acatenango, where we will be for the majority of our time in Guatemala, students will share rooms in the house that will serve as our base in this community.  

PLEASE NOTE: A female ASU program assistant will be living in the house with the student participants, in her own private room. This house will also include the shared kitchen and dining facilities for all students.

Please contact the ASU Study Abroad Office with any questions about the program housing arrangements..

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Guatemala, public transportation and most public as well as private buildings lack accessible facilities for students with mobility disabilities. Sidewalks and ramps are often in disrepair.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. For example, in Guatemala, discrimination towards LGBTQIA individuals can and does occur and students may find local police to lack meaningful response to incidents. Public displays of affection between same-sex individuals can evoke stereotyping and comments from passersby.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. For example, in Guatemala, some women travelers may experience harassment in the form of cat calling and other forms of objectification by local men. Students are encouraged to travel in groups and in mixed company whenever possible.

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $5140.

Program Fee includes: 6 ASU credits, all accommodations, excursions, activities, program-related transportation, and most meals.
Not included: ASU student fees, international airfare, passport, books, incidentals, and remaining meals.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program Cost Sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.