Guateca Summer School 2011

The below information was from the Guateca Summer School of 2011.

Why Guateca?

Relative to most other Summer study abroad programs offered at Cal Poly, Guateca provides students with a longer exchange at a lesser cost. Our classes also follow a highly interactive learning model that emphasizes cross-cultural team work and relationship building. The educational, social, and financial value of Guateca is truly unique opportunity for students.


Students of all majors are welcome. Proficiency in Spanish not required. Space is limited to 20 students, so please submit your online application as soon as possible. Preference will be given to Juniors, Seniors and Graduate students, but all applicants will be considered.


PSC 320: Energy, Society, and the Environment (4 units – Area F)

or PHYS310: The Physics of Energy (3 units)
LAES 471: Hands-on Design for Appropriate Technologies (4 units)
MLL 270/470: Intensive Language Exchange of Spanish and English (4 units)


June 20 – June 30: Orientation training at Cal Poly (Required)
July 1: Depart from LAX for Guatemala City
July 2: Program begins in San Pablo
September 1: End of program, Departure from Guatemala City to LAX

Excursions – (Dates TBD)
Mt. Tacana Day Hike, Tikal (4 days), West coast beach trip (3 days), day trips to local markets of San Marcos


The community of San Pablo is our classroom! Daily lecture and group meetings will be held in their public meeting rooms.

Students will be paired to live with a family in San Pablo, daily meals will be provided by the family.


Estimated Program Fee – $4,750. Financial aid is available for qualifying students.

Fee includes-
Orientation, Tuition, Room and board, Course materials, Organized Excursions, and Travel Insurance

Fee does not include-
Airfare, Passport and Visa fees, Personal Expenses (which should only include souvenirs), Any other items not listed in above section


Jamie Cignetti, Guateca Advisory Board Member