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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Totonicap├ín, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Undergraduate Academic Theme: Business, Language, Culture, and Humanities
Credit Offered: UC Credit
Registration Term:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Hotel
Program Lead Faculty: Lee Armstrong Program Additional Faculty: Siusan Sinclair
Program Advisor: Lee Armstrong
Program Description:

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Program Overview

The Lindner College of Business and the Department of Romance Languages and Literature offer a Service Learning Project in ,Totonicpan, Guatemala.  Students develop cross-cultural understanding, use and improve Spanish language and team building skills while building a home for a worthy family and learning first hand about life in Guatemala.  This program works with Habitat for Humanity, and offers opportunities for close interaction with the community and a wide variety of cultural experiences.

Habitat work site

Tentative Travel Itinerary

Friday Group flight to Guatemala, bus ride to Antigua
Orientation with Habitat for Humanity
Scavenger Hunt in small groups
Saturday Sightseeing activities to be announced
Sunday Transportation Antigua to Totonicapan
Welcome Ceremony with partner families
Orientation to building and safety
Monday Construction
Tuesday Construction
Wednesday Construction
PM: Cultural Activity to be announced
Thursday Construction
Friday Construction
Farewell Ceremony with partner families
Saturday AM:  Transportation Totonicapan to Antigua
Free afternoon for shopping
Farewell group dinner
Sunday Group flight home to Cincinnati

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LocationMitchell weaving

Guatemala is a Spanish speaking country located in Central America.  It is a country of dramatic contrasts from active volcanoes to beaches, impressive ruins of Mayan temples to Spanish colonial towns.  In November 1999, Guatemala held its first peacetime elections in nearly 40 years.  Today it is a constitutional democratic republic. We will spend a short time in Antigua, where the Spanish Colonial style architecture permeates every part of the historic town: its houses, churches, square, parks and ruins. Antigua is a city of charm and color where you will see indigenous artisans selling their beautiful crafts.

The town of Totonicapan will be our home while we work on house construction. It is one of Guatemala's more rural areas with a 95% indigenous population. Before the European conquest, Totonicapan was the second most important city of the Quiche Maya.  Today's Quiche Maya continue to conserve their rich cultural heritage which can been seen in the colorful "traje" blouses of the women, socio-religious ceremonies, and traditional music and dance.   Agriculture is the main economic activity in Totonicapan.  The principle crops are those of colder climates, such as wheat, legumes, lettuces, corn and fruits. Livestock is another important part of the economy, mainly sheep which provide products such as ponchos and rugs.  Small-scale factories produce lime, bricks, brooms, and leather products.   The traditional crafts include painted ceramics, toys, wood furniture, plate ware and jewelry. 

Why Guatemala? Cincinnati has a growing Guatemala immigrant population who has found jobs in manufacturing, landscaping, construction, and service industries.  While in Guatemala, you will see the rich culture and heritage that these immigrants have left behind in the pursuit of better paying jobs, education and opportunity in the US.  


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Who Can Participate?

Business students, all years
Spanish majors and minors who are in the process of completing their 2000 level sequence or higher level Spanish courses.
All students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.5 or better.  

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Academic Program and Course InformationHabitat friends

INTB 5015 or SPAN 3053 Service Learning Guatemala (3 credit hours) Enrollment for spring semester is required.  The class will meet Wednesdays 3:35-4:30 pm spring semester and travel over spring break. Students will be expected to complete academic assignments as well as work in construction while in Guatemala. 

Tuition and fees are assessed based on total enrolled hours for a term. This includes the hours associated with the study abroad class. Students who enroll for more than 18 hours for the term will be assessed additional per credit hour fees over and above the flat fees associated with being enrolled full-time (for most students full-time is 12-18 hours).
Co-op students selected to participate in this program are required to enroll in the course during the designated term, regardless of when the student may be on co-op.  If the course is during a term when the student is on co-op, tuition and fees will be charged per a student’s residency status and college, based on the part-time per credit hour rate.
A student can see his/her full and part time tuition rates and college fees here (use left-side navigation menu to click into the relevant academic year):

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FacultyLee Rabinal

Lee Armstrong, Associate Director of Lindner College of Business International Programs, coordinates of both undergraduate and MBA international programs. She is fluent in Spanish and has led short-term community service programs to Guatemala for the past 10 years.  Prior to joining UC, she worked and lived for 5 years in Costa Rica coordinating tropical biology and volunteer programs.  

Siusan Sinclair, Professor of Spanish, Department of Romance Languages.   Siusan has been leading programs to Guatemala for the past 9 years, and has spent a considerable amount of time in the country and been involved in various projects there over the past 10 years. She has also facilitated students teaching English as a Second Language to Guatemalans here in Cincinnati.   

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Living Arrangements

Lodging will be in modest, family-run hotels.  Meals are served family style at a local restaurant.  

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Getting There

A group flight from Cincinnati to Guatemala is included in the program fee. 

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Program Costs

Estimated costs are subject to change:
Program Fee: includes housing, most meals, guides, construction materials $780
Donation to Habitat for Humanity International  (fundraising encouraged) $820
International Airfare $850
Personal Spending money in -country $200
UC International block grant ($300)
LCB Study Abroad scholarship for business majors only ($300)
Total estimated cost $2050

The program fee and group airfare will be charged to your spring semester bill upon acceptance to the program.

For cancellations, refunds will be limited to any amounts which have not already been pre-paid on your behalf.

Included in Program Cost:

  • Housing / accommodations
  • Most meals
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
  • Habitat for Humanity coordinator in-country
Not Included in Program Cost:
  • Tuition – (at your standard tuition rate)
  • Passport application/renewal fees (~$165)
  • Recommended/required immunization/vaccination fees (~$)
  • Some meals (~$)
  • Personal spending/souvenirs (~$)
This program has been awarded an $300 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).

Note that both program charges and UC International scholarship will be posted separately on a student’s OneStop bill on the semester in which the course for the study abroad experience is given.  Program charges are posted shortly after students commit to the program through the online application process.  Scholarships are posted after all students 1) commit on-line 2) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

This program has been awarded a UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only).  UC International requires a minimum 2.0 GPA to receive this funding.

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UC Financial Aid and Scholarships

For full details on using your financial aid to help pay for your study abroad experience, you should contact UC Financial Aid.

UC International awarded over $800,000 in scholarships last year. Please refer to the UC International webpage for more information.

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Passports and Visas

A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. If you are planning to travel abroad, it's best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see for more information.
In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access this information is via the US Department of State’s webpage at:
UC International is happy to guide UC faculty, staff and students to possible resources about visas for study abroad. Although, applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual UC traveler. Entry requirements change frequently, and we advise you to pay close attention to consular updates. It is your responsibility to know and address the requirements for your host study abroad destination.
Applying for a visa can be a complicated process. Some UC travelers choose a third party to assist with this process, for example Travisa or A Briggs (mention UC for a possible discount).

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Health and Safety Abroad

UC International is committed to student and faculty safety while abroad. The following are a few resources for travel abroad.

UC faculty, students and staff are responsible for their own health and safety abroad. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information.

UC partners with International SOS medical and security advice. UC code is 11BCAS000010

UC students, faculty and staff can utilize International SOS in the following ways:
  • Sign up to receive email alerts for medical and security information, customizable to various locations abroad
  • Read about travel health information with medical advice, food and water safety, and cultural tips
  • Explore travel security with personal safety tips and travel risk ratings for locations abroad

UC faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel abroad through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.

All UC students participating in a University of Cincinnati sanctioned or funded international travel program are required to purchase and maintain insurance while abroad. UC International partners with CISI to provide insurance for UC students.

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Contacts for More Information

Program Leaders
Lee Amstrong Siusan Sinclair
Lindner International Programs Dept. of Romance Languages
203 Lindner Hall 719C Old Chem
Tel: 513-556-7081 Tel: 513-556-2533

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This program is currently not accepting applications.