Guatemala, flanked by the Gulf of Honduras and the Pacific Ocean, is a mountainous country full of tropical flora and fauna. It holds a rich indigenous history, with Mayan ruins dotting the landscape.
Despite its beauty, Guatemala has suffered a rocky past. The 36-year-long Civil War devastated the country and efforts to seek out the accountable parties have only just begun. Guatemala has high poverty, malnutrition, and illiteracy rates. Though the war may be over, the country’s peacebuilding efforts have a long way to go.
This program is offered in conjunction with the Marquette class INJP 4997, Justice and Peace Studies Capstone. The class offers a unique opportunity to experience first-hand what is taught in the classroom. During the class at Marquette, students will focus their studies on the 1960-1996 Civil War in Guatemala, the development of the country, and peacebuilding efforts.
During the week abroad, students will visit many historical and meaningful places including the first Spanish colonial capital in the New World, Mayan sacred site where religious ceremonies have been performed for years, development projects, Chichicastenago—a large indigenous market, a Jesuit University and a peace center addressing post-civil war healing.