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Guatemala: Cultural Engagement


January 2-January 15, 2019
*These dates are tentative and subject to change slightly. 


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Faculty Directors

Ms. Luz Porras, Languages, Literatures & Cultures/Latin American & Caribbean Studies

Discover your world in Guatemalaantigua

  • Explore the charming city of Antigua, where you’ll spend a week of your time in Guatemala. Antigua is famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque influenced architecture as well as a number of spectacular ruins of colonial churches.
  • One week in Santiago Atitlan. The town is situated on Lago de Atitlán on a bay between two volcanos. Lake Atitlan is famous for its natural beauty and colorful Mayan villages.
  • Activities in each place:
    • In Antigua after a daily lecture presentation: Walking tour in Antigua, visit a coffee plantation, chocolate workshop make your own chocolate starting from Guatemalan cacao beans, museums of Anthropology, ethnography and textiles.
    • Lake Atitlan: After Volunteer work in a Maya village, visit Chichicastenango the most colorful native market, perhaps in all the Americas, visit a women cooperative to learn about the process of making natural dyes. Workshop with Dona Maris Iztep healer and herbalist.

Your course: Cultural Engagement in Guatemala

Full course description and itinerary coming soon.

Your professors in Guatemala

Luz Porras is a Lecturer in the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures and a member of Latin American and Caribbean Studies at SUNY New Paltz. Luz has been teaching Spanish since 1988 in a variety of educational settings. Luz studied German in the Goethe Institute in Vienna and English at the University of Chicago.  While in Chicago, she taught Spanish literacy to Latin American Immigrants and volunteered with the homeless, as well as organized against human rights violations in her home country of Guatemala. Luz taught Spanish for several years in Newburgh public schools and worked with the New York State Teaching Association Mentorship Program for four years. Luz came to SUNY New Paltz in 2003 and in addition to teaching Spanish has been mentoring and supervising international scholars, advising student run organizations and cultural clubs, and creating programming and cultural events on campus.

Your home away from home

  • In Antigua you’ll be staying at Casa San Juan (
  • On the shores of Lake Atitlan, you’ll stay at a rental home in Cerro de Oro.

Have Questions?

Contact SUNY New Paltz Study Abroad Advisor Catherine Collado.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.