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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer 3 Credits
Program Description:

Guatemala: Cultural Engagement


To Be Determined


Please see above or click here for budget information. 

Faculty Directors

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

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  • While in Guatemala, students will take part in cultural engagement activities as well as service projects in both Antigua and Lake Atitlán.
  • In Antigua, students will organize and assist workshops on developing vocational skills to build sustainable and independent communities.
  • In Antigua, students will also take part in activities such as volcano hikes, chocolate making, and receive lectures from local artists and activists.
  • At Lake Atitlán, students will work at Konojel, a community nutrition center that is seeking to end chronic malnutrition among children, pregnant/nursing mothers, and the elderly.
  • The lake also provides students with the ability to engage with the vibrant Mayan culture. Here, students will take part in a Mayan ceremony, plant tuul to clean the lake, and attend lectures from Mayan artists and activists. 

Your Course: Cultural Engagement in Guatemala

Full course description coming soon.

To see last year's itinerary, please click here: Guatemala 2020 Itinerary.pdf


The prerequisite for this program is Spanish 201.

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

  • To be determined

Have Questions?

Contact SUNY New Paltz Study Abroad Advisor Catherine Collado.

Schedule a student advising appointment with Catherine Collado.