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  • Locations: Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Winter Term
  • Restrictions: Oberlin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Culture, Human Rights, Latin American Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Service Learning WT Program Focus: Community Engagement
Program Description:
Oberlin Students in Solidarity with Guatemala leads an annual trip to an indigenous Maya, returned refugee community in Guatemala named Copal AA La Esperanza. For the first week of the trip, we meet with various activists and organizations in Guatemala City, learning about the genocide of indigenous Maya peoples from 1960 to 1996 and about transitional justice work, which is still ongoing. We then spend about a week and a half in the community of Copal AA La Esperanza, a community whom Oberlin has had a relationship with for decades. While in Copal AA, we learn about how the community returned to their land after the internal armed conflict, as well as the oppression they still face today as they fight for the environment, women’s rights, education, and justice for perpetrators of the genocide. This trip enables us to return to the United States and educate others here and work to fight the ways our government is directly or indirectly committing human rights violations against indigenous Maya Guatemalans.

Number of students: 10

Project Dates
State Date: 5 January, 2020
End Date:  22 January, 2020

Project Contacts
Charlotte Price
Anna Degolier
Zoe Kaplan

Academic Sponsor: Karl Offen (

Project Costs:
The intention is to fundraise enough money to financially support all participants on this project. However, depending on the success of fundraising, participants may need to pay some of their project costs.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants will need to pay their own airfare.

Oberlin College Deadlines (please confirm host program deadlines):

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.