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Guatemala, Social and Environmental Justice, Winterim Faculty-Led Immersion
Antigua, Guatemala; Chichicastenango, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala; San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winterim
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: UW-Eau Claire applicants only
Fact Sheet:
2.30 Language of Instruction: English
Coordinator: Shanti Freitas Experiential Education: Volunteer/Service Learning
Program Description:
Guatemala Winterim

This program is a Faculty-Led Immersion, coordinated by Shanti Freitas, Intercultural Immersion Coordinator in Academic Affairs. Please direct all questions to or 715-836-6037, and submit all application materials to Schofield 17. It is listed on the Center for International Education website to assist students in exploring all international opportunities.

Students will experience social and environmental justice issues through hands on engagement and interactions with Guatemalan community members.  Students will participate in community-based projects to investigate equity and sustainability related to the distribution and use of natural resources in several unique cultural settings.  Students will meet local leaders who are working to improve the natural environment and the lives of Guatemalans.  Faculty/staff leaders will use high-impact learning opportunities to enrich and deepen student cultural competency and to help students explore their roles as global citizens. 

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Students will travel to four different areas in the mountainous region of Guatemala (Guatemala City, Antigua, San Lucas-Sololá, and Chichicastenango).  In Guatemala City, students will experience waste management issues and practices in the poorest district.  Students will then travel to Antiqua, a tourist town, where they will visit and work in a local school system to compare this to their own educational experiences.   Students will then visit Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos, a sustainable orphanage and home for children.  While there, they will also visit the traditional Guatemalan market in Chichicastenango and climb one of the volcanos that frequently impacts the surrounding communities.  Lastly, students will volunteer at San Lucas Mission in Sololá, a solidarity organization working to empower Guatemalans to be self-sustaining and self-initiating.

Over the course of the two week immersion, students will experience several living arrangements.  The first half of the trip will entail stays within the environments we are visiting including staying with a community of Guatemalans who coordinate the education system at Colegio La Salle (a local school).  At NPH (orphanage), we will stay on site living, working and interacting with the children there.  Lastly, while working in San Lucas, students will be housed in a local hotel.  The majority of meals are provided within the living accommodations and visits.  However, there will be several occasions to try some local restaurants particularly in Chichicastenango and Antigua.

  • Schedule a general advising appointment with Faculty-Led Immersion staff by calling 715-836-6037 or emailing Shanti Freitas at
To learn more about the academics of this program click: Academics - Guatemala Winterim

Below you will find more information on program estimate costs: Guatemala Winter17.pdf

*This faculty-led program receives funding from the Blugold Commitment Faculty-Led International Immersion Experiences (FLIIE) program. The goals of the Blugold Commitment are to extend access and affordability to these exceptional high-impact practices for all UW-Eau Claire undergraduates, to ensure that more of these opportunities are available for these students, and to increase the numbers of students who participate. Therefore, while UW-Eau Claire undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in multiple high-impact immersion programs, each student is eligible to receive BCDT funding for only one FLIIE experience. 

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"It was an experience of a lifetime. It was the most eye-opening, rewarding, and challenging experience but by far the best one." -Arianna Johnson, Winterim 2016

"I have gained more knowledge, understanding and experience about world systems and I have learned more about global business practices on this two week trip than in any class I have ever been in." -Molly Wichelt, Winterim 2016 

"My experience abroad is pretty indescribable. Where else can you meet the most genuine people, both in Guatemala and from UWEC, while in a gorgeous, warm country, eating some top notch food, exploring different cultures, and learning about yourself all at the same time?" -Alyson Reum, Winterim 2016

To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winterim 2018 04/03/2017 04/04/2017 TBA TBA
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