IPSL: Guatemala - Ecology, Culture and Justice

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Financial Aid is available for eligible students. IPSL also accepts AmeriCorps Segal Education awards.Join IPSL on the shores of spectacular Lake Atitlán living and working alongside indigenous Mayan people. The IPSL Guatemala experience can be cr... read more

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Yes it was worthwhile......I gained my energy for life back. - National University of Natural Medicine View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with IPSL: Guatemala - One Health (Ecology, Culture, Justice) J- Term Program
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


Financial Aid is available for eligible students. IPSL also accepts AmeriCorps Segal Education awards.

Join IPSL on the shores of spectacular Lake Atitlán living and working alongside indigenous Mayan people. The IPSL Guatemala experience can be created as a customized graduate, undergraduate, gap year, volunteer, or service learning program. The choice is yours!

This unique, comparative, on-the-go experience consists of daily academic learning, cultural excursions, and service in the community. 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.

Courses include:
• Spanish Language
• Guatemala 'One-Health' Ecology. Culture' Justice. 
• Applications of Mayan Cosmology in Contemporary Health Systems
• Intro to COSA (Community Organizing and Social Activism)
• Independent Study
• Advocacy Research in the field

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
• Workshops 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 is the founder of Service-Learning. They invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where they serve.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Gap Year
Graduate Program
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Spring Break
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Agricultural Production
  • International Agriculture
  • Agricultural Public Services
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Ecology, Evolution Biology
  • Global Studies
  • Diversity Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Community Organization and Advocacy
  • Sociology
  • Public Health
  • History
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IPSL Scholarships

IPSL's goal is to help all students go abroad. Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) and Americorps Education awards are accepted to go towards all programs. In addition, an automatic $5500 will be applied to all Graduate students who have served with Americorps, Peace Corps and or the military.


Please call IPSL for details

Please call IPSL for details