IPSL: Guatemala - Ecology, Culture and Justice

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COVID-19 and our societies’ reactions lay bare longstanding inequities and marginalization that we must address. That's why IPSL's borders are staying OPEN! Until travel is permissible again (and it will be), IPSL Global Institute at NUNM is offer... read more

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A new dose of perspective and appreciation for where my food comes from and how hard the local farmers and people work. 100% worthwhile. - College of Mount Saint Vincent View Entire Review


COVID-19 and our societies’ reactions lay bare longstanding inequities and marginalization that we must address. That's why IPSL's borders are staying OPEN! Until travel is permissible again (and it will be), IPSL Global Institute at NUNM is offering its programs online. Once travel is permissible, students may immediately shift to on-site study and service abroad. Please contact IPSL for further details.  

The IPSL Global Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu) has designed and delivered international programs focusing on experiential learning, ethical service & engaged research for close to 40 years. IPSL programs combine credit-bearing coursework, ethical volunteer service and advocacy research opportunities abroad to provide a meaningful and impactful study abroad experience. Like IPSL, NUNM has been focused on educating, serving and supporting the development of healthy communities for many decades! 

 The IPSL Guatemala experience can be created as a customized program, or you can apply for a standard program (set dates). Students engage with the culture, food, lifestyle, agriculture economy and the human, animal and environmental health of Guatemala through expert lecturers, service projects and site visits. During this program, students will 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. Students can study Spanish Language and the IPSL "Guatemala One Health: Ecology, Culture, Justice" course for university credit.
Join IPSL on their Community Organizing & Social Activism (COSA)---One Health program and explore Guatemala while engaging with the foods and cultures, the agricultural economy, as well as the human, animal, and environmental health of this diverse country. Meet and interact with farmers, women-led permaculture cooperatives, food justice NGOs, sustainable cocoa and coffee growers, and more. Advance your academic and professional knowledge and achieve any required shadowing, practicum or volunteer hours. This unique program is as flexible as they come!

Create a program that immerses you in the culture and deepens your understanding of Guatemalan societies in a way that goes beyond that experienced in traditional study abroad programs. 
Volunteer opportunities may include: 
Organic and Permaculture Farm Non-profits
Women's Traditional Agriculture Cooperative      
Human Rights Organizations
• Women's Traditional Agriculture Cooperative      
• Food Security and Food Justice non-profits
• Marine Turtle Conservation/Rescue Organization     
• Direct and Fair Trade Coffee Cooperatives

Accommodations are on Working Farms, in Community Centers and/or Homestays with locals.

Customize your Program with Excursions, Tours & Career Expanding Options:
• Graffiti walking tour in Guatemala City
• W
orkshops and volunteer on cocoa or coffee farms
• Cooking classes with locals
• Sunrise hike over La Nariz Mountain/Lake Atitlán
• Textile and natural dye workshops at a women's cooperative
• Beekeeping tour and workshop with local beekeepers

IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity. 

IPSL, the founder of Service-Learning, is a global education institute within the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu). They invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where they serve.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Custom
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Production
  • Agricultural Public Services
  • Agriculture
  • Agriculture Business, Agricultural Management
  • Anthropology
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Food Science, Food Technology
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Agriculture
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Latin American Studies
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Plant Sciences
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
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