For Students Interested in Latin America

The University of Arizona and the Center for Mesoamerican Research (CIRMA) invite you to participate in a unique and life-changing study abroad program in Guatemala. This is a summer, spring and/or fall semester program.  Students receive a University of Arizona transcript and can apply classes toward their majors.

For spring semester 2012: Application deadline is October 31! The application is fairly simple, and the UA study abroad office can advise on financial aid options.  Details, contacts and web links below.

Program highlights include:

* a variety of Latin American Studies, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Geography and Spanish classes, taught by professors, scholars, and practitioners from Central America. Students can also study a Mayan language. Most classes can be taken for honors credit, and some can be taken for graduate credit.

* seminar-style classes give an in-depth and on-the-ground view of social history and social movements, and peace and development issues. .

* engaging field trips throughout Guatemala related to course material.

* opportunities to travel on your own (Guatemala is incredibly beautiful, complex and fascinating!)

* a home stay with a Guatemalan family.

* for-credit internships at CIRMA and use of CIRMA’s extensive research library and documentary and photographic archives, one of the largest collections in Latin America. CIRMA is located in a stunningly beautiful colonial mansion in
the center of Antigua, Guatemala.

* internships and volunteer opportunities in the surrounding community. CIRMA works with you to design an internship around your interests, and helps you apply this experience toward your major. Students have done internships in public health and popular education, among many other themes.

* study abroad students are also doing internships at Safe Passage/Camino Seguro (www.safepassage.org) in Guatemala City.  Safe Passage provides life-transforming aid to children of families who live in a shantytown.  Study abroad students have found that lending a hand to this incredible organization not only makes a real difference in the world, but that it changes their own lives as well. This internship can be accompanied by a for-credit directed reading in urban anthropology and/or Latin American urban history.

* a colloquium series that brings in renowned political, social and cultural leaders to dialogue with the study abroad students.

Application deadlines:
Spring 2012: October 31, 2011
Summer 2012: March 1 (check back for updates)
Fall 2012: April 15 (check back for updates)

For more information about the application process:
contact Jill Calderon at the UA Study Abroad office: jcaldero@email.arizona.edu.

For questions about CIRMA and Guatemala:
contact John Way, Study Abroad Program Director for CIRMA: jtway@cirma.org.gt.

For program information, visit www.cirma.org.gt and click on ‘study abroad.’

Check out CIRMA’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cirma.guatemala