Agronomy Guatemala


Special Topics in Agronomy: Cropping systems, soils, and service learning in Guatemala

WINTER 2015/2016


PROGRAM FEE: $3,000 including airfare, lodging, program coordination, and health insurance. Out-of-pocket expenses include passport, spending money and some meals.

GROUP LEADERS: Lee Burras, Ruth Burke, Danielle Wilson

COURSES: Agronomy 590, 3 credits during Fall of 2015


Students will participate in the design and construction of an urban planthouse as part of an agriculture volunteer project in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Students will have the opportunity to study Spanish, although not required, with their host families and individual teachers from the Hablemos Espanol School in Quetzaltenango ( Students will visit local farms and help build the planthouse with the aid of engineers and technicians from the Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Agrícolas (ICTA). Groups of student will be assigned an area of expertise prior to the trip and will facilitate education activities with the volunteer personnel in the city regarding those areas of expertise. Education activities taught by the students will be in the Spanish language or other forms of non-verbal communication such as demonstrations and/or poster presentations.

No previous use of Spanish is required for the course. Beginners, intermediates, and advanced speakers are welcome.

Undergraduate and graduate students are required to have 15 credits in 300, 400, or 500 level courses in the Agronomy, Horticulture, or related area. All students are welcome to apply, although preference will be given first to graduate students and then to upper level undergraduates majoring in Agronomy, Horticulture, and Sustainable Agriculture.

CALS Study Abroad Office, 0018 Curtiss Hall ISU



Saturday Dec. 27

Depart Des Moines International Airport

Arrive in Guatemala City, Guatemala

Travel to Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Check in with host families: Everyone will stay with a host family during our stay

Sunday Dec. 28

Rest and unpack

Get to know host family

Monday Dec. 29

8am-12pm: Spanish Instruction

1-5pm: Visit ICTA, pick up greenhouse supplies

Tuesday Dec. 30

8am-12pm: Spanish Instruction

1-5pm: Farm tours

Wednesday Dec. 31

8am-12pm: Spanish Instruction

1-5pm: Market Tours

Evening activity: New Years Eve?

Thursday Jan. 1

New Year’s Day – Free Day – Celebration with Host Families

Friday Jan. 2

8am-12pm: Spanish Instruction

1-5pm: Farm tours

Saturday Jan. 3

A.M. Huehuetenango Market Tour, P.M. and Evening Free

Sunday Jan. 4

Free days

Monday Jan. 5

8am-12pm: Spanish Instruction

1-5pm: Greenhouse building

Tuesday Jan. 6

8am-12pm: Spanish Instruction

1-5pm: Greenhouse building

Wednesday Jan. 7

8am-12pm: Spanish Instruction

1-5pm: Greenhouse building

Thursday Jan. 8

8am-12pm: Hike Santiago Volcano

1-5pm: Student Presentations

Friday Jan. 9

8am-12pm: Spanish Instruction

1-5pm: Student Presentations

Saturday Jan. 10

Depart Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Depart Guatemala City, en route to U.S.

Arrive at Des Moines International Airport

Síganos en:

(+502) 7761-8350 / (+502) 4645-0272


18 avenida 10-47 zona 1 Quetzaltenango