Study & Serve in
Adventure and discovery await you in the fascinating Central American country of Guatemala. Join Students International for a semester of ministry and cultural exploration through study, service, travel, and lively interaction with local residents.
Earn 15-16 college credits. Courses are taught by both Guatemalan and U.S. professors.
Meaningful Vocational Ministry
Gain hands-on experience through an internship at a community ministry site related to your interests. Seasoned missionaries from Guatemala and the U.S. run SI’s ministry sites year-round and are committed to a long-term presence within the community. Most ministry sites are within walking distance from where students stay.
- Agriculture – Animal Husbandry
- Appropriate Technology
- Creative Arts
- Education – Tutoring
- Health Care
- Social Work – Women’s Social Work
- Social Work – Sponsorship
- Special Education
- Sports – Boys Club
Christian Mentoring & Community Life
Live and learn alongside our entire SI-Guatemala staff through classes, debriefing, Bible studies, family nights, and other community-building events. Staff live minutes away, accompany students on all program-sponsored excursions, and actively disciple and mentor students. Additional support is provided by SI staff and your sending school before, during, and after your semester.
Location, Housing & Food
The climate of Magdalena is usually warm days and cool mornings/evenings from March to October and cool days and cold mornings/evenings from November to February. March and April are the hottest months, with temperatures usually in the 80s. Magdalena tends to have cooler weather much of the year though. During the rainy season of May-October, mornings are typically dry with a few hours of rain in the mid-late afternoon.
Host families? Students will stay in carefully-selected host homes in Antigua. Students will receive three meals per day by the host family except for Sundays. Each student will receive a stipend to cover meals not included on Sundays.
To broaden your experience of Guatemala as a country full of diverse people groups, majestic natural beauty and fascinating historical and cultural landmarks, a number of excursions are built in to the semester. Students are required to participate in group excursions. Our travel schedule is subject to change, but trips generally occur about one time per month and frequent destinations include:
- Lake Atitlán, surrounded by volcanoes, it is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world
- Tikal, one of Central America’s premiere Mayan archeological sites
- Pacific Coast, featuring quaint seaside villages and black sand beaches
5-6 various day trips around our area:
- Antigua, vibrant former colonial capital
- Museums in Guatemala City
- Mayan Ruins ~ 1 hour away
- Volacano Pacaya
- Trip to movies
- Coffee Tour
Students often choose to engage in additional travel (at their own cost), guidelines and ideas for which are provided by program leadership.
2020 Program dates are August 26 – December 9. Here is a general breakdown of the semester (weekend excursions not included):
|Arrive in Guatemala
Orientation & Team building
Intensive Spanish at language school
Intensive course week
Intensive Spanish at language school
*Program schedule, ministry sites, and excursions are subject to change.
See your study abroad advisor or contact Students International for information on cost. In most cases, your financial aid package applies.
SI partners with the following schools to offer this semester program:
- Crown College
- Greenville University
Students from other schools may participate through an agreement with Crown College and will receive Crown course credit.
- Visit your study abroad advisor.
- See your academic advisor to discuss how this program compliments your major / minor.
- Contact Students International with any questions using the information listed below. We are happy to set up a time to talk and can even put you in touch with past participants!