At least once a year DESGUA tours the United States to share the story of how the organization is building the Guatemalan Dream in relation to community empowerment, social enterprises, and sustainable development. Our talks include topics such as an overview about our organization, the history of Guatemala, the current expansion of neoliberal policies, the oppression against indigenous communities, the roots of Guatemalan migration, and the Maya Cosmovision. our speakers in the past have included ex-migrants, ex-guerilla fighters, and spiritual Mayan guides.
In our previous speaking tours, we have visited colleges such as:
- American University
- DePauw College
- New York University
- Oberlin College
- Southern California University
- University of Arizona
- University of Chicago
- University of Madison Wisconsin
- University of Massachusetts
- University of Standford
And much more!
To be updated on our next speaking tour and if you or your organization want to host an event for DESGUA, please contact Nany Zepeda at her email firstname.lastname@example.org or at her cell (512)-487-9422 [this is a U.S. number]
Study Abroad Collaborations
DESGUA has always welcomed study abroad programs to visit our organization here in Queztaltenango, Guatemala. We have presented talks in relation to DESGUA, the history of Guatemala, the current expansion of neoliberal policies, the oppression against indigenous communities, the roots of Guatemalan migration, and the Maya Cosmovision to study abroad programs visiting the area. If one of the themes mentioned above relates to your study abroad course and you would like to receive a presentation from a representative of DESGUA, please contact us.
Furthermore, if your study abroad program is coming to Guatemala and you want further in depth collaboration we can help with that. We have accommodated study abroad groups with host families and talks from various organizations in places such as Quetzaltenango, Guatemala City, Antigua, and Solola. This includes grassroots and government organizations, cooperatives, and community groups. We have collaborated the study abroad groups with both rural and urban community connections.
Our past collaborations have been with universities such as Augsburg College, Eastern Michigan University, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and Earlham College.
If either of these collaborations interest you, please contact Willy Barreno at Willy@desgua.org or at his cell (502)-4555-0349 [this is a Guatemalan number]