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  • Locations: Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
  • Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

    All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.
Dates / Deadlines:

Exchange Program (Semester/Year) applicants: Scroll down to the Program Description to view exchange application deadlines.

All other programs: There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Key Experience Criteria
Key Experience Criteria
RMIT schools: Any compatible discipline Study level: Undergraduate
Program type: Global Summer Programs
About your Experience
Laika Academy - Guatemala
Program Details:
Learn about sustainability and living in harmony with nature as we explore this diverse country, and work with partners committed to ensuring we provide future generations with a rich world.

You’ll team up with other Australian students, local design for development experts, and communities to develop projects with a Guatemalan focus. Learn about, and contribute to the development of technologies and projects for communities, from improved cook-stoves, to water resources, sanitation and construction using locally available materials.

Discover a range of community projects that have been developed through site visits and hands-on design and prototyping. These include projects developed during a recent International Development Design Summit that we’ll have the opportunity to further enhance, and others with target communities and partners.

The Guatemala Communities and Environment study tour lets you experience things like the UNESCO-listed colonial Antigua, coffee farms, volcanoes and ancient ruins. Other highlights include the beautiful Lake Atitlan, a volcanic crater surrounded by mountains and volcanoes, exploring traditional Mayan communities and customs, understanding the Guatemalan village way of life, and designing projects to support communities to become more sustainable.

This program is filled with opportunities to collaborate and combine great ideas. Through collaboration with UVG (Universidad del Valle de Guatemala) students in Solola, and unique community experiences designed to immerse you in the traditional Guatemalan and Mayan ways of life.

Unbound is running this program from 20 January - 2 February 2019.

For a detailed itinerary of the program, please click here.

Program Cost:
The approximate cost of this program is AU$3,000 (Payable as $250 deposit + $2,750 balance).

This cost includes the following:
  • Accommodation (including hotel, hostel, home-stays)
  • Meals for the duration of the program
  • >100 contact hours of educational content and cultural experiences
  • Expert program facilitators
  • Coursework and educational content
  • Translators and local guides
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Transport within the country (including airport pickup / drop off)
  • Pre-departure support
  • Safety and security monitoring and planning
Additional Costs to Consider:
  • RMIT Tuition Fees
  • Flights
  • Host Country Visa (if applicable)
  • Additional travel insurance
Travel Insurance:
Students on approved overseas activities receive complimentary travel insurance (policy number: 41443), although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances.
For more detailed information, please refer here.

  • Any RMIT student, subject to academic approval are invited to apply. No previous travel experience or academic pre-requisites are required.
Academic Credit:
Participants can earn academic credit towards their program through the following options:
  • GUSS students can gain credit towards an elective by enrolling into:
    • Undergraduate: HUSO1301 - International Perspective on Community Development (12 credit points)
  • Engineering students can gain credit by enrolling into:
    • Undergraduate: OENG1164 - Humanitarian Experiential Learning Project (12 credit points)
  • Other students can confirm alternative enrolment with your school/program coordinator.
If you would like to gain credits towards an elective, please contact for information about the course offering and enrolment. 

Application/Registration Process:
  • Apply first to Unbound for a place on a study tour by:
    • Main Round: 19 October 2018
    • Final Round: 19 November 2018
  • Students accepted in to this program will be required to register on Mobi by 1 December 2018 by completing the following questionnaires:
    • Outbound Student Mobility: General Information
    • Short Term Mobility: General Information
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options.

For program information: Unbound
For course information and enrolment:
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Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.