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  • Locations: Guatemala, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Advisor: Sylvia Mitterndorfer ( Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: WM Sponsored Summer
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Credit Type: WM Credit
Prerequisites: One-credit course taken at W&M
Program Description:
Guatemala Photo 2018
For those interested in...
Carrying around a knapsack that contains both working gloves and challenging books
Understanding what works and what doesn’t in development
Knowing both the 10,000 foot theory and the on-the-ground reality
Maximizing your time between end of spring semester and beginning of summer internship
Receiving COLL 300 Credit

Taught by Professor Jake Sims, Senior Manager for Sustainable Development Programs with AIDDATA, the course will accompany local partners to better understand what is development, the theories of social change underlying development practices, and the importance of the voice of the participants in development. No prior language / course requirements.  

Join the Development Orthodoxy: Field Study in Guatemala expedition in May 2019! A two week, 3 credit course that will help students systematically explore how development theory has shaped development practice through embedding with a local rural community in the Sikaabe region of Guatemala. 

Want to see what it's like on-site?  (video)

Check in with students from last year! (video)

There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance.  This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Guatemala and to cover a variety of pre-departure information.  The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.   

Courses are taught by W&M faculty.  Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.  

2018 Summer Abroad Handbook.

Guatemala Handbook 2019.pdf

Arrival Date: May 11, 2019
Departure Date: May 25, 2019

Application ($75): February 1, 2019 
Deposit ($600): March 1, 2019 
Final/Balance Payment: April 1, 2019 
*The $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the W&M Bursar's Office.  Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable. 

Program Fee:
2019 Program Fee: $4,700. 

Breakdown of Estimated Total Expected Costs:
  • 2019 Program Fee: $4,700 (paid to W&M)
  • Airfare: $800
  • Books & Supplies: $100
  • Miscellaneous/Personal: $300
  • W&M Required Insurance: Included in program fee
  • Reves Center/Application Fee: $75
  • Total estimation: $5,975
*Students are responsible for airfare and some meals.

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.

3 credits delivered over the summer for program fee. INRL 390 ("Development Orthodoxy: Understanding International Development Theory through Field Based  Inquiry in Guatemala")

W&M Faculty Program Contact:
Jacob Sims-Sr. Manager - Sustainable Development Programs

Global Education Office Advisor:
Marina Knapp, Global Education Special Programs Advisor

Week One: rural vocational center (dormitory housing)
Week Two: camp style housing in community center

Unique Features:
The trip as a whole would satisfy COLL 300.

Area of Study:
International Development, Field Work

*Information subject to change. Please visit our website for most current information.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.