Application Deadline & Fee

February 15, 2019; $75

Program Dates

May 11 - June 1, (3 weeks)

Program Details

Program will provide community bas ed service experiences in rural villages and small towns as well as in the large city of Quetzaltenango/Xela. Students will have the opportunity to work side by side with community leaders helping to carry out programs indigenous and international leader s have put in place to fulfill community needs. Such projects include sustainable vegetable and tree planting using recyclable materials, community -based education on planting and recycling, assembly of water filtration/purification canisters, and improving educational outcomes for children who live with families in extreme poverty conditions.

The program will be preceded by a six week-long seminar (60 minutes per session) provided by faculty program director, on the UVU campus, before travel. Students will receive an intensive introduction to cultural features of Guatemala, history of the Spanish invasions and subsequent colonization, political and economic development, religious realities including "Mayavision" as well as the more traditional Catholic orientation of many citizens, the 30-year civil war and socio- political conditions for indigenous Guatemalans, especially women.

Anticipated Curriculum

*Students are expected to enroll in the following course for this study abroad.

SW 1010 Introduction to Social Work
Prerequisite(s): None listed

SW 475R CurrentTopics in Social Work (International Development)
Prerequisite(s): SW 1010 and (ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2020) and *University Advanced Standing

SW 3510 International Social Work
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2020 with a C+ grade or higher), SW 1010, and *University Advanced Standing

*University Advanced Standing - 24 credits completed, GPA 2.0 or higher MAT 1030 and ENGL 2010 or equivalent.

Program Requirements*

Must be 18 years of age at the time of departure

Minimum G.P.A.: 2.0

Physical requirements: Moderate amount of daily walking.

*Accessibility services vary from country to country. Contact the Office of Global Engagement if you require such services.

Estimated Program Fee*

The program fee covers housing, some meals, in-country transportation, international health insurance.


*This cost is tentative and based on the current exchange rate and program plans. This cost may be updated due to exchange-rate fluctuations or program changes.

Additional Estimated Costs

UVU tuition ($165 per credit hour)
Airfare (approx $1000)
Meals (approx $0)
Discretionary spending (approx $100)
Passport (approx $135)
All students are required to pay a $75 non-refundable application fee.

Tuition Waivers

Please contact the UVU Benefits Office for more information. In certain instances, tuition waivers may not apply for an international program.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Pell Grants and Federal Insured Student Loans may be applied to the program, based on eligibility. Applicant must have a current FAFSA form on file at the Financial Aid Office (BA 105) and complete all necessary application forms for financial aid.

Program Director

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Travel Report

Students are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department’s country information webpage for the most up-to-date information on travel advisories, entry, exit, and visa requirements, safety, security, health, and other important travel factors.