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SASS Guatemala: Child Welfare in Guatemala (SASS 375D/575)
Antigua, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
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Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2
Courses Offered: Applied Social Sciences, Social Work Program Director/Assistant Director: Valerie Rambin, MSASS (
Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: $300
Included in Program Cost: Admission fees, Breakfast, Flights, Housing, In-country transportation Not Included in Program Cost: Most meals, Passport Fees, Tuition, Vaccinations, Visa fees
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Child Welfare in Guatemala (SASS 375D/575)

Travel Dates: March 9-18, 2018
Pre and post trip seminars:  January 27, February 24, and April 7 (Saturdays)
Faculty members: Dr. Zoe Breen Wood ( and Dr. Victor Groza (

Course description: This 3-credit course is designed to familiarize participants with child welfare issues, social services, and community development, particularly women cooperatives and indigenous development in Guatemala. All students will spend two hours each morning in one-on-one Spanish lessons, followed by guided tours of various organizations. The experience will challenge participants to compare Guatemala with the United States at social, economic and political levels. The program is an intense, small group experience in living, learning, traveling, and studying. Students will study child welfare issues, social services and indigenous community practices, and understand the strengths and weaknesses of social policies and human services in both Guatemala and the U.S. The course acquaints participants with the socio-political factors that influence the development of child welfare programs in the nongovernmental sector (private, nonprofit) and governmental sector in Guatemala. The role of the helping professions in child welfare are explored via agency visits, lectures, and collaboration with Guatemalan professionals. Students will participate in a service project while in Guatemala. During the pre-trip seminar, students will plan and develop a 90-minute activity to do with a group of Guatemalan children in an after school program.
Some project site visits include (subject to change):

  • Jardin de Amor, is a community based program that provides educational, health and nutritional services to over 90 children and their families in Santa Maria de Jesus who experience extreme poverty.  Students visit the organization and participate in a service learning activity.
  • Safe Passage, a non-profit organization in Guatemala City that brings hope, education, and opportunity to the children and families living in extreme poverty around the City's garbage dump 

Check out photos from previous Mandel School courses in Guatemala

Program Fee: $2,795 (billed to student account minus $300 deposit) includes international airfare from Cleveland, lodging, breakfast, some lunches and dinners, in-country transportation, daily Spanish lessons.
Out of Pocket Expenses: Sunday excursion (zip lining, volcano hike, coffee plantation), some lunches and dinners (approximately $10/meal), vaccinations, etc.
Visit and contact Valerie Rambin (, Assistant Director International Education Programs, for more information on this or other Mandel School study abroad programs. Contact Nancy Issa ( for Financial Aid eligibility.


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