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A Cabrini student in front of a mural during a study abroad trip

Guatemala Short-Term Study Abroad

Short-term study abroad courses take place at Cabrini, but include a 7 to 10 day international component during the spring semester.


ECG 200 - “Faces of Guatemala and Justice” - Spring 2020

This course offers the chance to spend spring break in a Guatemalan town on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan. The week-long immersion experience will take place at the internationally recognized San Lucas Toliman Mission.

In preparation for the trip, students study aspects of the history, politics, economics, and culture of the Guatemalan people.

As part of global engagement in this Mayan community, students will:

  • observe first-hand the successful application of Catholic Relief Services’ Integral Human Development model
  • learn from discussions with community leaders about a wide variety of projects
  • work alongside community members in coffee production, home construction, and sustainable farming
  • participate in many other rich cultural, religious, and educational opportunities

Following the trip and informed with the knowledge and experience acquired in San Lucas, students will understand the deep connections the United States has to other global communities.


ECG 300 - “Working for Justice in Guatemala” - Spring 2020

This course combines the study of the United States connections with this Central American country and an immersion experience in San Lucas Toliman Mission, an internationally recognized model of Integral Human Development.

After a thorough preparation concerning the history and culture of Guatemala, students spend spring break in a Guatemalan town on the shores of beautiful Lake Atitlan.

During the weeklong global community experience, students have the opportunity to:

  • learn from community leaders about a wide variety of projects (fair-trade coffee production, home construction, sustainable farming, road improvements, etc.)
  • work alongside community members
  • participate in many other rich cultural, religious, and educational opportunities

Upon return, students consult with Catholic Relief Services and learn how to promote and advocate for Integral Human Development in Guatemala.

This aspect of the course might involve advocacy in Congress regarding long-term development aid or by organizing and leading fair-trade projects.


Professor Jerry Zurek and another faculty member will accompany students on all aspects of the trip.

Note: students who have already taken their ECG course may take either Guatemala course as an elective.

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