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Summer Field School 2020



Despite our enthusiasm for the scheduled 2020 Summer School & Mentored Research program in K'iche', the current global COVID-19 situation has compelled us to cancel the summer 2020 program.

We would like to use this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the summer program in K'iche'. We hope to resume our summer programs & mentored research in 2021.



Summer Field School 2020

El Novillero, Santa Lucía Utatlán, Sololá

June 21-July 19, 2020


Our annual Summer Field School brings students, researchers, and faculty from all over the world to Guatemala for intensive language classes combined with mentored research or other community-based projects. The field school is offered in collaboration with our local partner Wuqu’ Kawoq, as well as other community organizations (Renacimiento, the women’s cooperative Ajsu’m, and local universities).

This year we are offering a four-week K'iche' Language School and Field Research Program in El Novillero, Santa Lucía Utatlán, Sololá, Guatemala.

The cost for the program will be $2900. Students may also apply to participate only in the two-week K'iche' language school (June 21 - July 5). However, there are a limited number of places for the two-week-only option, and priority will be given to local NGO workers and interns with Wuqu' Kawoq. We hope to offer reduced program fees to certain groups of participants, including NGO workers/volunteers, Guatemalan residents, and participants who are entirely self-funded.


Field School Components

  • Language Science Center Staff & local field school staff provide preparatory and on-the-ground support for the trip.

  • Experienced local instructors teach immersion classes in K'iche' for Field School participants. Instructors plan the lessons, provide individual assistance, and customized language learning materials for participants.

  • For the 4-week program: research mentoring for data collection from native K'iche' or other Mayan language speakers. Regular group and one-on-one research meetings are held to foster collaboration and provide support.

  • Participants stay with local families to experience daily life, immersing themselves in the language and culture.

  • Participants take weekend field trips to interesting nearby places. Previous trips have included Lake of Atitlán, Antigua Guatemala, Wuqu' Kawoq's clinic sites, local historical sites, etc.