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  • Locations: Guatemala, Guatemala; Merida, Mexico; San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Arcadia 
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: 2-sophomore, 3-junior, 4-senior
Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Anthropology, Government, History, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Spanish
Program Type: Study Abroad
Program Description:
New Activism

Reflect on the most important issues affecting three distinct regions in three different countries

This dynamic and highly experiential program takes place in three countries and delves into the heart of social justice issues and lived experience in Mesoamerica, the region comprised of central Mexico to Costa Rica. Engaging with traditionally marginalized groups in Guatemala; Yucatán, Mexico;  and Costa Rica will challenge and fascinate you at every turn. 

You’ll learn about the history, culture, and struggles of the peoples of this unique region, exploring diverse approaches to sustainability, indigenous and Afro-descendant issues, and social justice issues. A theoretical and practical groundwork is laid with active engagement in local communities. Program travel and excursions will help you reflect on the historical causes of social, ethnic, racial and political conflicts that have shaped this region. 

History, memory, reparation, and the fight for justice have all informed the feminist, Afro-descendant, queer,  and environmental initiatives under study in this program. You’ll share time and stories with people devising alternatives for economic and social advancement, as well as with residents forced to flee their homes due to various outside pressures.

  • The program contains a great deal of travel and courses are taught in blocks (one course at a time). Visits to local organizations and guest speakers enhance your academic experience.
  • Real-world experiences and storytelling are emphasized.
  • Excursions such as weekend stay in local communities, a visit to a Biosphere Reserve, and archaeological and historical sites are included.


Arcadia is a nationally recognized leader in higher education, offering exceptional study, research, and internship experiences for students from colleges and universities across the US. Our unique combination of customized, diverse academic programming and comprehensive support allows students to explore new worlds, get to know themselves, boost their resumes for future job opportunities and graduate school, and experience the incredible growth and shifts in perspective that a culturally immersive experience can deliver.

Please visit the Arcadia website for the latest dates, program information, and details.