Antigua, Guatemala and surrounding vicinity
Application deadline: April 15, 2018
*** Last Year's Program Description:
This is a 10-day interdisciplinary study abroad course. Through cultural immersion, engagement with stakeholders, and data collection, students will gain a deeper understanding of energy needs in developing countries, as well as the social, environmental, technical, and economic benefits offered by a range of energy technologies. The course projects and focus can be tailored to each student's major and interest as needed. For example, students from engineering may choose to focus on the technical aspects of the technologies, while students from social sciences may look at the social aspects and so on.
Prior to the trip, students will participate in a 1-credit on-campus seminar Spring term to learn about the issues surrounding the energy poverty facing 1 in 3 people on earth and options to help alleviate it through engineering and energy policies. Both courses will be led by faculty with extensive experience in energy and economic development through their work with the World Bank, World Food Program, GIZ, US DOE, and US EPA.
Planned activities include implementing a US-EPA sponsored study by distributing cookstoves equipped with sensors that track the usage rates of the new and traditional cookstoves for several months in order to help researchers better understand adoption. In addition, students will conduct socioeconomic surveys in rural households, run controlled cooking experiments with local cooks, and evaluate cookstoves designs using ISO protocols. A visit to the US Embassy in Guatemala City and USAID to learn about international development is also scheduled.
Cost Estimates: to be confirmed at a later date
(includes: lodging, some meals, ground transportation, etc.)
Total Program Cost Estimate: TBC