Operation Groundswell: Experiential Education & Community Service in Guatemala

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Nestled in Central America, Guatemala has one of the most interesting, yet tragic histories. Home to the Mayan civilization, invaded by the Spanish, and eventually ruled by successive dictatorships propped up by the United Fruit Company, Guatemala... read more

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Nestled in Central America, Guatemala has one of the most interesting, yet tragic histories. Home to the Mayan civilization, invaded by the Spanish, and eventually ruled by successive dictatorships propped up by the United Fruit Company, Guatemala has had its fair share of political strife. A 30-year civil war helped create “liberation theology” but left many scars that remain to this day. To travel to Guatemala is to challenge yourself physically and mentally – by climbing mountains and volcanoes, and by meeting farmers who see the coffee and mining industries as the cause of their poverty. It is shocking, empowering, exciting, and challenging all in one beautiful country. At Operation Groundswell, we dive deep into the hard issues of indigenous rights, environmental sustainability, fair trade, and food justice in our various program offerings. - Get your hands dirty learning about coffee alongside local farmers on the side of an active volcano. - Deconstruct the myths and discover the realities of today’s global food system at origin. - Immerse yourself in modern Guatemalan culture and hear about its history from the descendants of the Maya. - Get an intimate look at Guatemala’s history speaking with former guerrillas who have traded their guns for farming tools. - Brush up on your Spanish in Xela with one-on-one language lessons with the certified school and social enterprise Escuela La Paz.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
  • Spring Break
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Spanish
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Social Sciences
  • Parks and Recreation Studies
  • Natural Resources and Conservation
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • International Relations
  • International Business
  • International Agriculture
  • Human Sciences
  • History
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literature
  • Global Studies
  • Geography
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmentall Engineering
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business
  • Cultural Studies
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Business
  • Anthropology
  • Agriculture Business, Agricultural Management
  • Agriculture
Minimum GPA:
0.0
Year Founded:
2006
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Operation Groundswell Scholarships

Our Financial Needs Grant can cover 15-25% of your program fee, which amounts to between $200 and $900 in funding towards the cost of your program! It is available for anyone experiencing financial strain, including individuals from low-income households, students, and recent graduates. Contact financialsupport@operationgroundswell.com for more details and the application form.

15-25% of the program fee

Deadlines:
We accept applications for our Financial Needs Grant on a rolling basis.

Guidelines/Requirements:
For more information and to receive the application form, contact financialsupport@operationgroundswell.com

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