Study Abroad: Guatemala | CSUDH Summer Session

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About the Guatemala Study Abroad Ethnographic Field School

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Learn how to design, conduct and write-up ethnographic research while on the shores of a crystal lake framed by volcanoes!

2019 Course Dates: June 2 - July 14, 2019

Now accepting applications on a rolling basis as space permits. Please contact the director, Dr. Sarah Taylor at for more information.

Courses Being Offered:

Costs: $4,000.00

*This includes application fee, tuition for 6 units, and lodging. Students need to make flight arrangements.

Volcano Scene, Guatemala Study Abroad  Local Farmers, Guatemala  Guatemalan Fields

During the 6 week program, students will live and work with local Guatemalan family in the Lake Atitlán area of the Western Highlands.

Course Goals

The goal of the CSUDH Guatemala Ethnographic Field School is to help students interested in a variety of fields to be able to undertake independent fieldwork and field methods to achieve a level of skills and proficiency that will enable them to undertake future field endeavors independently and confidently.

Study Abroad Guatemala Learning Objectives

  • Within the supportive framework of the CSUDH Guatemala Program, students learn the fundamentals of ethnographic fieldwork, including project design, field methods and report writing as it is applied to their areas of interest.

  • Hands-on experiential learning techniques combined with extensive one-on-one instruction enables each student to acquire both key research skills and achieve personal goals.

  • Students also quickly improve their Spanish language skills through intensive, daily interaction with their home-stay families and other community members.

  • Guatemalans are friendly and outgoing with an ancient and rich, Mayan cultural heritage. Service learning opportunities are also possible.

  • Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, training as a researcher can prove to be beneficial for a variety of majors, such as anthropology, sociology, tourism international affairs, health, civil engineering, landscape architecture, wildlife management, textile design, environmental sciences, history, business and management, political science, psychology, and public health.


For more information please contact:
Dr. Sarah Taylor
Phone: (310) 243-3568