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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Restrictions: UC applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Break 2019 11/30/2018
Rolling Admission 03/15/2019 03/24/2019

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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type Detailed: UC Faculty-Led Program Program Type General: Faculty-Led
Level of Study: Graduate, Undergraduate Academic Theme: Education and Human Services, Social Sciences
Credit Offered: UC Credit Click here for a definition of this term Registration Term: Spring
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language Courses Offered: No
Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: No
Housing Options: Hotel, Residence Hall Program Lead Faculty: Anjali Dutt
Program Advisor: Matthew Paul
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Fair Trade Guatemala

According to the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA) “of the world’s estimated 1 billion poor, 70% are women ( ).” Many of these women are struggling with “machismo” attitudes and are suffering through poverty, neglect, and abuse “unable to gain economic, social or political power in their family’s coffee business, or in their communities (IWCA, 2012). As “the world’s second most valuable traded commodity” affecting more than 125 million and up to 500 million people globally in primarily rural and developing, this is an important source of livelihood and cultural impact.

The IWCA “is a global network of women in coffee that advocates for the reduction of barriers” for women and men in the coffee industry with the goal of “empowering them with the knowledge and monetary support that will help shift the role of women in coffee growing communities.” Los Andes ( ), a private nature reserve in Guatemala provides the setting for efforts supporting IWCA’s mission. Los Andes is dedicated to providing opportunities to the Reserves’ workers and volunteers have helped build walls, support educational facilities, and raised funds for these workers while learning about environmental preservation and interacting with the women and families working on this farm. Guatemala, ranked 112 out of 135 in the Global Gender Gap Report 2011, provides an interesting location for exploring women’s roles and leadership in a male dominated culture.

The focus of the course is on culture, gender and leadership in Guatemala. During four pre-departure class meetings we will cover topics such as culture, gender, leadership, sustainable development, the coffee market and the impact of the global marketplace on the lives of coffee workers and their families. A final "debriefing" class meeting to share reflections and learning will meet in April a few weeks after we return.

Service Learning:  Work with families on a coffee farm to accomplish community goals. Projects have included building playgrounds for a local school and outhouses for families. We will be housed at Los Andes, a Private Nature Reserve where families live and produce coffee. This farm is internationally recognized for its focus on sustainability and environmental efforts.  It is situated four hours from any major urban area, at the foot of the beautiful volcano Atitlan. Additional activities include bird watching, visiting Colonial/Mayan ruins, and a trip to a coastal beach.
Cultural immersion: Three to four days dedicated to exploring Guatemala,  learning about Mayan culture, touring the marketplace, appreciating nature, and enjoying the architecture and history of beautiful Antigua and environs.  These excursions will occur at the beginning and end of the Guatemalan study abroad experience.

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Guatemala is a country in Central America, located just south of Mexico. Guatemala is known for it's volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites. Half of this trip will be spent in Los Andes, a beautiful Private Nature Reserve where families live and produce coffee. This area is filled with abundant wildlife, is surrounded by the cloud forest that and rests at the foot of Atitlan volcano. We will also spend time in Anitgua, a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala, renowned for its Spanish colonial buildings, in coastal towns, and visiting Mayan ruins.

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Who Can Participate?

Team Work
  • Freshmen
  • Sophomores
  • Juniors
  • Seniors
  • Graduate Students
  • Others

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Academic Program and Course Information

The course is being taught by Anjali Dutt - a UC faculty member, though we will have guest speakers from additional locations. Operador Latino Tours is assisting in organizing the tour, and Los Andes is a fair trade coffee farm where we will spend 4 days at the farm assisting coffee workers on special projects that are designed to support the goals of the families living on this fair trade coffee farm.

Stage One: Review of Theoretical and Factual Research
Students will begin the course by researching leadership in various cultures, gender issues in the workplace, the influence of "machismo" on the culture and on women, and broadening their understanding of psychological and sociological impacting families in a leading global market. They will learn about the specific challenges of those working in the coffee industry and about programs targeted to addressing the challenges these families face.

Stage Two: Service Learning
After setting the stage for their service learning experience with theoretical and factual information, students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in a culturally disparate environment where they work side-by-side with the community.

Participants in this program can earn UC credit for the following UC course(s):

All students in this program are required to enroll in OLHR3089C section 001 Leadership Latte: Culture, Gender and Leadership in Guatemala for 3 credits during spring term 2019
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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Anjali Dutt is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at UC. My research and teaching explore the psychology of resistance to oppression and increasing the realization of human rights in different international contexts. She has worked with community of women in rural Nicaragua, and most recently she has been working with refugees in Cincinnati. She has been involved in study abroad experiences in Vietnam and the UK, and she enthusiastic about sharing the cultural humility and other wonderful things that unfold while traveling with students.

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Living Arrangements

While at Los Andes we will stay in double occupancy dorms, and during other portions of the trip we will stay in double occupancy hotel rooms.
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Getting There

We will be flying as a group to Antigua Guatemala. Exact time to arrive at the airport is TBD. International airfare is included in the program cost. 

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Program Costs

2019 Program Cost: $2850

Included in Program Cost:
  • Housing / accommodations
  • International airfare
  • Some meals (All breakfasts included)
  • In-country transportation for program-planned activities
  • Cultural excursions/entrance fees
  • International emergency and evacuation insurance
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 a $400 UC International Scholarship (matriculated, UC degree-seeking students only). This brings the financial liability of the program cost down to $2450. UC International scholarship requires a minimum 2.0 GPA.

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) register for the course connected to the study abroad experience, and 2) complete all study abroad online paperwork.

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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 student 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

Anjali Dutt
Department, Office Location: Psychology; Edwards 4130F
College: Arts and Science
Phone Number: (813)556-5516
email address

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This program is currently not accepting applications.