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GIE: Community Development and Sustainability in Guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala; San Martin Jilotepeque, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring Break
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Earn ASU Credit: View Pre-Approved Courses
Cost Sheets Spring Break
Areas of Study:
Education, Global Studies, Sustainability, Tourism
Program Type:
Global Intensive Experience
Fall/Spring Session:
Session Break
Internships Available:
GPA Requirement:
Graduate Courses Available:
College Sponsor:
College of Public Service & Community Solutions
Department/School Sponsor:
School of Community Resources & Development
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Language of Instruction:
Minimum Class Standing:
01 - Freshman
International Coordinator:
Kimberly Bellows
Available to Non-ASU Students:
  Program Details


Guatemala Group Photo

The core of Mayan civilization, Guatemala is rich in biodiversity and culture, with spectacular landscapes dotted by volcanoes, ruins, and the resplendent quetzal. Students will spend the first part of the program visiting rural villages around Chimaltenango, with San Martin Jilopeteque being home base, before spending a few days in beautiful Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site where you can hike an active volcano and roast marshmallows at the top. This program works with a non-profit focused heavily on principles of sustainable development though micro-credit lending, women’s empowerment, and organic farming.  

Quick Facts

  • Saturday, March 2 - Sunday, March 10, 2019

  • Learn about international community development on the ground in beautiful Guatemala!

  • Visit successful microcredit lending programs and discuss with recipients about how their lives have change

  • Get to know local residents and how development affects them

  • See local sites and hike an active volcano

  • Check out who we will be working with here.

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Guatemala Location Photo

Location Details

Guatemala is a Spanish speaking country located just south of Mexico in Central America.   The core of Mayan civilization, Guatemala is rich in biodiversity and culture, with spectacular landscapes dotted by volcanoes, ruins, and the resplendent quetzal.  We will spend the first part of our trip visiting rural villages around Chimaltenango with San Martin Jilopeteque and Tecpan being our home base, before spending a few days in beautiful Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site where you can hike an active volcano and roast marshmallows at the top.  With some free time, why not consider visiting the Mayan Ruins of Tikal a short flight north. 

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

This program is open to all majors who have a 2.5 GPA at the time of application.  


Students will register during the spring registration period for ONE of the following courses:

  • CRD 494: Community Development and Sustainability in Guatemala (1 credit)

  • CRD 598: Community Development and Sustainability in Guatemala (1 credit)

Course Description:
Students will meet local residents each day while in San Martin Jilopeteque and Tecpan and engage in discussions via our local NGO workers and interpreter. Faculty will be present to help connect the issues that students are introduced to to theories on community development from an environmental, social and economic viewpoint. Constant personal engagement with farmers, weavers, and other residents ensures a deeper understanding to how development occurs and allows for a meaningful connection to the many strong and resilient people of the areas we visit. 

Course Format

This is a one credit standalone course taken abroad. 

Guatemala - Arch and Mountain


Faculty Director

Dr. Rebekka Goodman
School of Community Resources and Development

Dr. Kathleen Andereck
Director and Professor
School of Community Resources and Development

Rebekka in Guatemala


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Program Housing

Housing in San Martin will be simple, with hot water, electricity and limited wifi with 2 people per room. All meals are prepared by a local chef trained in cooking food for visiting students and able to meet many dietary requirements. In Antigua we stay in a small boutique hotel, centrally located to the beautiful stores, galleries ruins, restaurants and churches in the area. Students are usually 3 to a room.


Access and Diversity

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one or more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

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Cost Information

The Program Fee for Spring Break 2019 is TBD.

Program Fee includes: Housing in double rooms, three meals per day most days, site visits and cultural events, in-country transportation, ASU faculty support, and international health insurance. Not included: Airfare, passport & visa fees, some meals, personal expenses, and miscellaneous items. 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.

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.


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

  • ASU Tuition Waiver may be applied on this program to cover the tuition associated with this program.  The ASU Tuition Waiver cannot be used to subsidize the posted program fee.


Links to Additional Resources

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  Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2018 11/26/2017
Rolling Admission 03/03/2018 03/11/2018
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.