Service Learning

Embedded Spring - Service Learning in Guatemala

Antigua, Guatemala

Program Overview

Term Start Date End Date Application Deadline
Embedded 2023
Mar 10, 2023
Mar 19, 2023
Dec 01, 2022
Language(s) of Instruction
Class Standing
Good Academic Standing
Program Type
Service Learning


Program Advisor

The Program

An opportunity to study the context and nature of inequality in Guatemala and convert empathy into action.

Experience the context, nature and substance of inequality in Guatemala, the most unequal country in the Western Hemisphere. Learn about the history of the U.S. involvement in this country. Students will interact with some of the most forgotten people in the region and take concrete steps to improve the lives of these Guatemalans. A chance to reflect on what each of us can do to make this a more just and equitable world. This trip will also include a visit to the Chichicastenango market, the largest in Central America and an optional hike up Mount Pacaya. 

Market in Chichicastenango

Program Locations

Hotel Santo Tomas



Also known as Santo Tomás Chichicastenango, this city is a K'iche' Maya cultural centre and home to the largest market in Central America.

antigua Guatemala



The city of Antigua is known for its preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture. It served as the capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala. It has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.



The faculty director, Jeffrey Wilhelms, has led 10 groups of Rutgers students on service trips to Guatemala. The students participating in this trip will provide direct service to families, individuals, and organizations in the country. Activities include building beds and installing water systems to give access to clean drinking water, in an effort to foster a commitment to human dignity. They will also work with the children of the Xela garbage dump because every human life has value. 

Students will gain a deeper understanding of their own privileges interacting with some of the most disadvantages and forgotten people in this country.  

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For information about study abroad credit transfer, registration, and transcripts please visit the Academics section of our website.

Housing and Meals

Students will stay in hotels in each of the cities they are visiting. Most meals are included.

Financial Information

Program Costs

This is the billed amount that will appear on your Rutgers term bill during the term you study abroad.
All students
Program cost $1,960
Program Cost includes:
  • Tuition
  • Housing 
  • Most meals 
  • Administrative Fees
  • Emergency Medical Access Abroad

Out-of-Pocket Costs

These are estimated expenses that are not part of your term bill. Students will need to pay for these expenses out-of-pocket.
Airfare $800
Some food $40
Personal Expenses $100
Total $940.00
Out-of-Pocket Cost includes:

The above costs are estimations and represent the known out-of-pocket costs students encounter during their time abroad. 
Some of these expenses will be paid for prior to going abroad, such as an airline ticket, while some of these expenses, such as personal expenses, will be paid in-country as part of your daily expenses. As you plan, you will need to budget these costs and spend wisely throughout your time abroad.


Available to all Rutgers students participating in a Rutgers Global–Study Abroad program. Applications can be found inside of your study abroad program application. For more information, please visit the Scholarship section of our website.

Faculty Leaders

Jeff Wilhelms

The program is led by Jeff Wilhelms, Adjunct Professor of Sociology, who has considerable experience in Guatemala. Since 2010, Jeff led 10 groups of Rutgers students on service trips to Guatemala. 

From 2014-2016 Jeff Wilhelms served as Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, International Hands in Service. A non-profit organization in Guatemala operating under the name Projecto Salud y Paz.