guatemala

Academics

Online and In-Country Program!

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Online Application
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Course Offerings 
* Some courses may not be offered during a given term. Please inquire. 

 

Travel and Excursions that Broaden Your Perspective

This is a unique, comparative, on-the-go program that consists of daily academic learning, cultural excursions, and service in the community. The fast-paced exploration of Guatemalan agriculture and food concerns allow students to engage with many community organizations in locations around the country. As students travel together, learn from experts and become exposed to the cultural multiplicity of this vibrant country, the coursework grounds the student's experience and positions them to delve deeper into these issues using One Health theory.  
 

COURSE OFFERINGS

Required Courses 

Introduction to COSA - Undergraduate Only

This course is delivered virtually and begins before departure and completes after returning. The content includes both pre-departure and post departure information, discussion and reflection and serves to compliment the IPSL One Health Courses. The course explores the theories and practical realities of intercultural service-learning to help make sense of the international experience and to develop intercultural competence. One credit will be awarded for 15 hours of academic reflections work and 2 credits for the hands-on service-learning volunteering.

Contact Hours: 45 
Recommended U.S. Credits: 3

Beginning to Advanced Spanish Language

Contact Hours: 45 - 90

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3 - 6

Guatemala One Health: Ecology. Culture. Justice. 

The IPSL Guatemala One Health: Ecology. Culture. Justice. course captures the interconnectedness of people, the environment and animals that we use for food. This topic is looked at under a One Health lens, which will be expanded and explored through site visits and service projects to local Guatemalan farms and agriculture productions. Students will reflect upon their service and participate in experiential learning with a One Health lens through group seminars expert lectures and site visits every day, weekly written reflections and a final reflection paper or project.  

Contact Hours: 45-90

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3- 6

 

Applications of Mayan Cosmology in Contemporary Health Systems

The course offers the opportunity to get immersed in the reality of some of the many indigenous communities in Guatemala and reflect on issues related to health, multiculturalism, policy making, Maya culture, among others. The course is delivered in an intensive and modular format, as such, it requires complete participation and engagement on-the-ground for a successful experience. During the course students will be part of lectures, workshops, visits to community-based organizations, dialogues with health services providers, group discussions, and written coursework. “Applications of Mayan Cosmology to Contemporary Health Systems” aims to be more than a graduate class, it aims to be an invitation to reflect on the opportunities that multicultural contexts offer to ongoing struggles of Guatemalan society. By exploring a Mayan perspective on health services in Guatemala, we will identify core aspects to take into account when trying to improve health systems in indigenous lands, and elsewhere.  

Contact Hours: 45-90

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3- 6

Advocacy Research in the Field 

IPSL’s mission of service is rooted in advocacy for the NGOs and organizations in which IPSL students serve. Through IPSL’s Advocacy Research™ Program, students can explore what it means to engage in service that helps others, build research skills and provide useful data to organizations around the globe. 

 

The IPSL Advocacy Research Program approach provides students an opportunity to learn about and engage in professional research to produce relevant, useful information for the benefit of non-profits, NGOs and community development organizations around the world. Unique to the IPSL program, students develop a keen insight into the human research subject ethical review process in an international context with immediate, practical application.

Recommended U.S. Credits: 3 - 6

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