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VCU Summer Trip


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Rural Development in Guatemala

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The Global Education Office and the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs are pleased to offer students a service-learning field course that explores environmental issues, political-economic challenges, and sustainability concerns in the context of the developing country of Guatemala. The course involves applied work with rural communities in the Western Highlands region of the country, conducted in conjunction with the Highland Support Project (HSP), a non-governmental organization (NGO) that is active in the region. Topics and themes examined through the course include land distribution, poverty and social vulnerability, community health, indigenous rights, land degradation, household energy use, farming systems, and sustainable livelihoods.

Program Director

Dr. Avrum J. Shriar

Students will stay in hotels for three nights (one in Panajachel and two in Antigua). More information regarding housing for the nights in and around Quetzaltenango will be provided once finalized. Meals (except on the last day in-country) and accommodations will be covered while in Guatemala.

VCU Class with Credits $3,499.00 + airfare. Not interested in credit, $1,200.00 + airfare.

App Deadline: February 15th

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Later Event: October 26
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