IPSL Guatemala: Food Justice - A Holistic Approach to Health

Location: Guatemala: Antigua, Guatemala City

Term: Throughout the year, Spring, Fall, Winter, Summer

Program Duration: Summer, 7-12 Months, 9-12 Weeks, 3-6 Months, 5-8 Weeks, 2-4 Weeks

Dates: Year Round



4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, #200 Portland, OR 97214 United States

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Phone: (503) 395-4775

Fax: (503) 954-1881


The IPSL Guatemala experience can be created as a customized program, or you can apply for a standard program (set dates). It is an intensive and interactive study abroad and service opportunity where students engage with the culture, food, lifestyle, agriculture economy, and human, animal, and environmental health of Guatemala first-hand through coursework, expert lecturers, service projects, and site visits. Students critically examine the social, political and cultural impact of food production on the environment, animals, and people of Guatemala both in and out of the classroom setting.

Service opportunities may include:
• Organic and Permaculture Farm Nonprofits
• Women's Traditional Agriculture Cooperative
• Indigenous Seed Saving Programs
• Food Security and Food Justice non-profits
• Medical Clinics serving primarily Indigenous Maya populations
• Nutrition Education Programs
• Maternal and Baby Health Programs

Students may stay in dorm style accommodations at IPSL’s partner Permaculture Institute with other students, activists and researchers from around the world or they may elect to stay with a Guatemalan host family in the local town.


1. Join a program called Origins of Food Guatemala One Health: Ecology. Culture. Justice.

2. Complete a three—semester credit program in only three weeks.

3. Have an extensive experience in Guatemala, from the tropical mountain forests to the black sand coasts.

4. Join an interactive and intensive study abroad program.

5. Engage with the Guatemalan people, culture lifestyle, food, agriculture economy, and human, animal, and environmental health firsthand.


The program welcomes students of any nation who have a high school diploma or equivalent credential. TOEFL equivalent 550. Academic studies are taught in Spanish and/or English. (See individual course descriptions.) There is no minimum Spanish prerequisite. The program can accommodate novice to advanced Spanish language abilities.

Languages Used as a Medium of Teaching
  • Spanish
  • English

Cost in US$:

Contact Provider for Cost Details

Cost Includes:

Cost Include Description:

Tuition and academic fees; academic transcript; on-site and on-line orientation and pre-departure materials; transportation; site visits; cultural excursions; expert lectures; English speaking guides; room and partial board; health insurance.

Credit Available


Experience Required


Volunteer Types
  • Wildlife
  • Water Projects
  • Tree Planting
  • Organic Farming
  • Human Rights
  • Health Education
  • Nutrition
  • Health
  • Grassroots Organization
  • Environment
  • Conservation
  • Anthropology
  • Agriculture
This Program is open to

Worldwide Participant.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays
  • Group living
  • Dormitory

Application Process Involves
  • Letters of Reference
  • Transcript
  • Essay
  • Online Application
Typically The Application Process Time is
1 week
IPSL's Mission Statement

IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity

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