Guatemala One Health:
Ecology. Culture. Justice.
The IPSL and Origins of Food Guatemala One Health: Ecology, Culture, Justice program is a 3 week, 3 semester credit January Term program that takes students from the black sand coasts into the tropical mountain forests of Guatemala. This program will be an intensive and interactive study abroad and service opportunity to engage with the culture, food, lifestyle, agriculture economy, and human, animal, and environmental health of Guatemala through expert lecturers, service projects, and site visits. During this program, students will critically examine, through a One Health lens, 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.
Guatemala is a study in contrasts. A rich history of Mayan tradition and civilization is juxtaposed against a history of conquistadors, dictatorships and a decades long bloody civil war. Guatemala is one of the world’s largest producers of sugar, coffee and bananas yet has the fourth highest rate of malnourished children in the world and the highest in Central America. Why should there be such a disconnect between production and consumption? Additionally, Guatemala contains an impressive number of distinct eco-regions and high biodiversity and yet agriculture is increasingly encroaching on forests as Guatemala strives to develop into an economic and political world player. Witnessing the overlap of so many distinct contradictions is at the heart of the IPSL & Origins of Food One Health program in Guatemala.
In addition to completing a variety of workshops, service projects, conversations and activities relevant to our educational theme, we will also indulge in the pure beauty that the Guatemalan landscape so frequently provides. From towering volcanoes to lush jungles full of life, you can expect to bear witness to a multitude of breathtaking landscapes and incomparable experiences.
Come join us on this once-in-a-lifetime journey to explore the intersection of food, health, animals, and the environment in Guatemala!
IPSL and Origins of Food
Guatemala One Health Itinerary
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