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Terms & Dates​
  • WINTER 2021
    • Dates: 01/20/21​ to 04/04/21
  • SPRING 2021
    • ​Dates: 04/19/21​ to 06/27/21
  • SUMMER 2021 
    • Dates: 06/27/21 to 09/15/21
  • FALL 2021 
    • Dates:  09/19/21 to 12/10/21

* Dates are Approximate

IPSL graduate student, Zandy, describes her work (in video format!) in Guatemala and Peru using Permaculture techniques in Community Development.

Now More Than Ever...


There is a clear and pressing need to engage with our world in an ACTIVE way. The world needs young leaders to fight for social justice and equal rights. Are you up for the challenge? Then be part of COSA™ - the only study abroad program working to create sustainable change though advocacy!


COSA - Community Organizing and Social Activism

Learn the practical skills to be an active agent of change and social justice. Study the many international efforts in history, learn from these efforts and use them to develop a personal ethic of service, advocacy and civic engagement. COSA will teach you the skills of community organizing and will empower you to create sustainable change in your own communities. 

Guatemala: Food Justice, Permaculture, and Indigenous Rights

The IPSL Guatemala experience can be created as a customized program, or you can apply for a standard program (set dates).  This program is an intensive and interactive study abroad and service opportunity where you engage with the culture, food, lifestyle, agriculture economy, and human, animal, and environmental health of Guatemala first-hand through coursework, expert lecturers, service projects, and site visits. During this program, students critically examine the social, political and cultural impact of food production on the environment, animals, and people of Guatemala both in and out of the classroom setting.


Program Highlights
  • Language of Instruction: English

  • Transcript from IPSL Institute for Global Learning

  • Accommodations at Permaculture Center

  • Meal Stipend

  • Pre-departure Online Orientation

  • On-site Orientation

  • One Health 6 Credit Course with excursions

  • Additional Academic Courses for Credit available

  • Spanish language tutoring or course

  • Volunteering at permaculture center and other organizations primarily serving the Indigenous Maya community

  • Service Site Honorarium

  • Airport transfers (both directions)

  • Full Medical and Evacuation Insurance

  • Full time on-site program support with 24 hour in-country emergency

Courses & Credits
  • Spanish language (3-6 credits)

  • Guatemala One Health: Ecology. Culture. Justice. (6 credits)

  • Introduction to COSA ( 3 credits) Undergraduate only

  • Independent Study (3 -6 credits)

  • Advocacy Research (3-6 credits)

  • Additional Electives (3 credits)


Service Opportunities

  • Organic and Permaculture Farm Nonprofits

  • Women's Traditional Agriculture Cooperative

  • Indigenous Seed Saving Programs

  • Food Security and Food Justice non-profits

  • Medical Clinics serving primarily Indigenous Maya populations

  • Nutrition Education Programs

  • Maternal and Baby Health Programs


Students may either stay in dorm style accommodations at our partner Permaculture Institute with students, activists, and researchers from around the world. Or, students may elect to stay with a Guatemalan host family in the local town. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, gain higher proficiency in the language, and experience the culture from "the inside." All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students.  Living with local residents is part of the immersion experience. Instead of being a tourist, an IPSL student gets to know what it's like to be part of a different culture.


  • We're focused on doing the RIGHT THING!

  • We're really nice and support you in your journey!

  • We're the most experienced group in the field of International Service-Learning

  • You can make a real difference to people in need

  • You can FINALLY learn that language

  • You can dive deep into another culture!

  • To support our service organizations in a SUSTAINABLE way

  • GROW - expand your horizons and challenge your assumptions!


The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential.  TOEFL equivalent 550.  No Spanish language requirement.


What's Included 

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; transportation from Guatemala City and back; site visits; cultural excursions; expert lectures; English speaking guides; dorm style accommodation or homestay, food stipend (meals are prepared communally); emergency medical/evacuation insurance.


What's typically NOT Included 

Local transportation (excluding airport transfers and transport associated with the One Health Course, which are included) Cell phone service; Passport; vaccine fees (if required/or elected); Course materials; Personal travel and personal spending money.