This course focuses on agriculture and natural resource use in developing countries, focusing on Guatemala, and frames this focus with discussions of contemporary issues facing agriculture on a global scale, emphasizing global hunger, food security, and natural resource degradation.
This spring semester course, with a required embedded trip to Guatemala over Spring Break, will provide information about sustainable agriculture and socio-economic development in the developing world by exploring social and environmental factors that contribute to the current conditions in Guatemala. We will explore issues related to Guatemalan food crops, their consumption and production challenges, as well as the impacts on the environment. Through this we will gain a better understanding of the livelihoods and situation of rural people in Guatemala.
The primary goal of the course is to inform students about international agriculture and natural resource use, challenging them to think critically and independently about how they relate to development. Additionally, this course will help generate global citizens who are more aware and conversant on important contemporary challenges in global food, agriculture, and natural resource systems.
This course will weave together natural and social sciences in international development contexts. It will also provide opportunities for students to improve didactic skills related to group moderation, facilitation, presentation, and external communications.
Information will be presented by the instructors, guest speakers, and through presentations by the students in the weeks prior to Spring Break. During Spring Break students will participate in a Study Tour to Guatemala. After Spring Break students will continue their research and provide presentations on their experiences.
- La Azotea Coffee Plantation tour
- Mangrove tour
- Create and implement workshops for locals to teach them about oyster mushroom and tilapia farming
- Opportunity to learn from a local women’s group how to identify, collect, and extract dyes from native plants and be able to participate in the dying and weaving of yarns.
Students will be housed in hotels in single-gender shared rooms. The number of students per room will depend on the size of the group and availability of space in each destination.
Housing is included in the program fee.
Your program costs include: a program fee, a study abroad administrative fee and additional program-related expenses. The program's detailed costs sheet details the fees you can expect to be billed and the estimated out-of-pocket expenses. You should carefully review 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 the program contacts for guidance.
Important Vaccination Information
Participants should review the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Health Information for Travelers to Guatemala by clicking here.
Participants should be aware of the risk of Zika, Malaria and other tropical illnesses. It is strongly recommended that participants schedule an appointment with a physician to discuss travel plans and any suggested vaccinations.