Volcano and old building in Guatemala

Central America

Social Change in Central America: Exploring Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement

Available in spring and fall semesters.

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This multi-country semester study abroad program travels to Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua in a single semester. It offers students a provocative and inspiring experience that develops Spanish language skills while immersing participants in the lives of host families, urban and rural communities, and grassroots organizations dedicated to working on issues related to conflict, U.S. foreign policy, gender, and economic and social justice.

The community is the classroom and students will meet with liberation theologians, representatives of feminist movements, government officials, political party representatives, former guerrilla leaders, a Mayan priestess, Indigenous leaders, and youth groups.


  • The richness and diversity of Central America compared and contrasted by the history, culture, and anti-oppression struggles of the people of Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua
  • Diverse approaches to environmental conservation, sustainability, economic issues, and social justice
  • One-on-one Spanish language course for beginning to advanced Spanish language speakers
  • Both rural and urban host family stays in each country to add to the in-depth cultural experience
  • Included excursions within each country to Chichicastenango, Antigua, Longo Mai, Miraflor, and more.

Reviews and Blogs

Check out what our former students say at Abroad101.com reviews and GoAbroad.com reviews. Our Central America blog posts give an on-the-ground look at life and study with our programs. We are also happy to connect you directly with program alumni, upon request.

This program has also been awarded a Notable Mention on GoAbroad‘s list of Top Rated Study Abroad Programs of 2016!Top Study Abroad Program 2016