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  • Locations: Guatemala City, Guatemala; Panajachel, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost and Budget: Summer
  • This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:

Please note that the country in which this program takes place is currently under a U.S. Department of State Level 3 Travel Advisory (Reconsider Travel). In order for your application to be considered complete, additional steps will be required. Please contact your Education Abroad Advisor, Laurence Tuccori (, for more information regarding this process.

July 1 - 12, 2019

(Depart from U.S.A. - Depart from host country)

Program OverviewStudent Group

Students participating on this program will spend 11 days working in a children's home and preschool in Guatemala City. Students will work together to implement the Global Guidelines Assessment (ACEI) to examine the quality of the children's home and preschool. Based on the results, students will provide training to caregivers and preschool staff on ways to improve the quality of their programs. Students will also visit educational programs throughout Guatemala City and draw conclusions about the differences between education in the United States and Guatemala.

In addition, students will assess children, with and without disabilities, who attend the preschool and live at the children's home to determine their developmental strength and needs. Once the assessment is completed, students identify prioritized goals and design learning activities for children based on assessment data. Finally, they will meet with caregivers to provide suggestions for how to promote the children's development within the context of preschool and home routines and activities. 

For a sample of the day-by-day itinerary for this program, click here!


  • Engage with local children in an educational setting.
  • Develop a better understanding of the early educational needs of children in a different cultural setting.
  • Explore Antigua, Guatemala, the best preserved colonial city in Spanish America, and enjoy its natural beauty and historic monuments.
  • Visit Mayan ruins in Tecpán Guatemala and travel to Panajachel and Lake Atitlán located in the Guatemalan highlands.


This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines who are interested in the educational needs of children. For more information on how to apply to the University of Kentucky as a visiting student, go to UK Admissions or UK Graduate School Admissions. Non-UK students should consult with the program director prior to applying to ensure that they have the proper academic background for the course.

For More Info, contact:
Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown, faculty member in the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling at the University of Kentucky,

Mr. Laurence Tuccori, EA Advisor,

Academic Credit

UK Faculty-Directed programs are conducted by University of Kentucky faculty and staff. UK GPA credits and grades will be awarded by the program director for the successful and timely completion of all required program activities and assignments, including any required on-campus meetings before or after the program's international travel.

  • Students will enroll in EDS 558: Issues in Special Education: Guatemala (3 credit hours).
  • All students will be enrolled in EAP 599: Study Abroad (1 credit hour), but graduate students will not be required to complete EAP 599-related coursework. Graduate students may opt out of EAP 599 altogether if they wish, however, graduate students who opt out of the course altogether will have to pay tuition for the above listed course(s).

Housing & Meals

Students will reside in hotels for the duration of the program (typically 3 students per room). Three meals per day will be provided as part of this program.

Program Costs

Costs and cancellation policies vary by program. Please see the "Program Costs and Budget" information page. Be sure to consider the associated UK costs, program specifications, and related travel expenses.

This UK Education Abroad program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact your EA Advisor or UK Education Abroad to determine if it is still possible to apply to this program.