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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: CWRU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2022 01/21/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Sponsorship: CWRU-arranged Click here for a definition of this term Program Purpose: Study
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel Minimum GPA: 2
Program Director/Assistant Director: Dr. David B. Miller, MSASS ( Click here for a definition of this term Program Advisor: Angela Miller (
Credit Type: Graduate, Professional, Undergraduate Case Credit Type: Engineering Social Sciences Credit, Global and Diversity Credit, Social Work Minor
Number of Credits: 3 Deposit: 200
Click here for a definition of this term Remainder of Program Fee: 2995 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
Program Description:
Please note that the below information is from spring break 2020 and updates for spring break 2021, including if the program will be offered, will be completed at a later date. For questions about the programs or to apply, please contact Valerie Rambin:

Child Welfare in Guatemala (SASS 375D/575)

Travel Dates: March 8-17, 2019
Pre and post trip seminars:  January 26, February 23, and March 30 (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 
  • Los Patojos, engage with teams of educators, artists, social activists, doctors, chefs, and sportsmen at a community development organization servicing over 300 of Guatemala’s youth

Arrangements will be made for undergraduate students who need to depart on Saturday, March 9. 

Prior to registration for the course, participants are required to meet individually with one of the two course instructors for a brief discussion of the trip and the student’s readiness to participate. Please contact either Dr. Groza ( or Dr. Wood ( to schedule an interview.

Program Fee: $2,995 (billed to student account minus deposit) covers international airfare from Cleveland, accommodations, in-country transportation, breakfasts, some lunches and inner, daily Spanish lessons, workshops, agency visits, guest lectures, and emergency medical insurance abroad. 
Out of Pocket Expenses: some lunches and dinners, excursions (zip lining, volcano hike, coffee plantation, etc.) personal spending money, vaccinations, visa fees, and passport fees (if applicable). Program fees are separate from tuition charges.

Visit and contact Valerie Rambin (, Assistant Director of International Education Programs at the Mandel School, or Dr. David B. Miller (, Director of International Education Programs, for more information on this or other Mandel School study abroad programs. Contact Nancy Issa ( for financial aid eligibility.