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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Overview

FLP Guatemala BrochureToday in Guatemala over 97% of rural households rely on firewood to meet their energy needs, resulting in acute respiratory infections from smoke inhalation that are the primary cause of illness and death in this country. Globally 40% of the world's people face the same environmental, health, and livelihood challenges associated with household use of solid fuels – a significant issue in international development. Through direct engagement with rural communities during this 10-day interdisciplinary study abroad course is offered by the OSU humanitarian engineering program, students will gain a deeper understanding of energy needs in developing countries, as well as the social, environmental, technical, and economic issues surrounding technologies and polices to help meet these needs. The benefits offered by a range of household energy technologies will be explored through qualitative and quantitative data gathering, including observations of fuel and technology availability and cost, experiments in accordance with the international standard water boiling test (WBT) and controlled cooking test (CCT) protocol, and a series of household surveys. In addition, students will be contributing to ongoing research with sensor-based monitoring to quantify the impacts and adoption rates of cookstoves. Students will also provide benefit to the communities by helping to manufacture and distribute clean cookstoves.

The course will be offered with StoveTeam International, an Oregon-based non-profit that has been supporting cookstove factories across Latin America for nearly 2 decades. StoveTeam regularly hosts trips of volunteers and students and is well connected to the communities, activities, and amenities needed to make the trip both comfortable and impactful. The home base during the trip will be Antigua, Guatemala, a beautiful colonial city rich in history and surrounded by coffee fields and active volcanos. In addition to the research, the group will also have opportunities to explore local attractions such as chocolate producers, coffee farms, and soccer games.

Both undergraduate and graduate students from all majors are invited to attend. Students will develop and implement a research plan according to their interests regarding the socioeconomic conditions, user preferences, and factors surrounding energy use in households in rural communities. These questions and relevant background will be identified during the study and prerequisite 1-credit on-campus course offered Spring 2018. In addition, each student will have an assigned role on the research team, and submit a final report at the end of the trip.
 

Areas of Study

Students will enroll in HEST 242: Household Energy in Guatemala: Applications (3 cr.)

Learning Outcomes include:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the household energy needs in rural Guatemala and evaluate the effectiveness of sustainable-energy technology designs;
  • Apply problem solving and critical thinking in unfamiliar and challenging situations;
  • Use cross-cultural communication techniques for engagement and interaction with rural communities.
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HEST 542: Household Energy in Guatemala: Applications

Learning Outcomes include:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the household energy needs in rural Guatemala and evaluate the effectiveness of sustainable-energy technology designs;
  • Apply problem solving and critical thinking in unfamiliar and challenging situations;
  • Use cross-cultural communication techniques for engagement and interaction with rural communities;
  • Graduate Students: Plan and implement monitoring and evaluation techniques in a real-world setting.
 

Requirements

This Program is designed for students who are interested in the design, implementation, and evaluation of beneficial technologies and policies to address basic needs in developing countries. We hope for a diverse group of students from across disciplines, age, interest, and experience to make for a rich learning environment.

Physical requirements: There may be hiking uphill for up to 1 hour in tropical conditions.

Participants will be expected to enroll in a 1 credit preparation course during spring term, meeting every Friday.
 

Cost Estimates

Program Cost Estimates

Program Fee $1,850
Tuition [3 credits pre-engineering] $705 (undergraduate), $1,536 (graduate)
Housing Included in Program Fee
Meals (not included in program fee) $30
Accident & Sickness Insurance  $28 (approximate)
International Airfare $800
Passport (if needed) $135
Visa or Entry/Exit Tax $0
Books & Supplies $0
Local Transportation & Misc. Expenses $100
Total Estimated Expenses $3,666 (undergraduate), $4,497 (graduate) 
 

Additional Info

The Program Leader is Nordica MacCarty. For more information, view the details of the June 2016 experience found here
 



This program is currently not accepting applications.