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

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Description:


Beavers Without Borders (BWOB) is a service-learning study abroad program, developed as a collaboration between OSU Athletics and OSU International Programs. BWOB complements students' academic work in the classroom, providing real world experience overseas while helping others in need. Students engage in a service project, learning about other countries and cultures, developing an appreciation and understanding of what poverty, wealth and privilege look like from the point of view of people in developing countries, and meeting people in all walks of life in a new setting.

The purpose of this program is to provide OSU students with the opportunity to participate in a short-term service trip to Guatemala and to engage in experiential, service learning outside the usual classroom setting. The Beavers Without Borders program is partnering with a non-profit organization called Soles4Soles, which distributes millions of pairs of shoes worldwide. OSU students will host approximately five to six shoe distributions in schools, orphanages and communities. These distributions allow immersion into different community settings and the opportunity to interact and serve with local Guatemalans. There are also other service projects tentatively planned, including helping in the construction of a school library, as well as a playground and soccer field.

Our time will be spent primarily in Chiquimula, a rural community in the eastern highlands, where we will engage in the shoe distributions and service projects. We will stay at a facility operated by a local organization that partners with Soles4Soles. We will also visit the city of Antigua, the old colonial capital, and stay at Hotel El Convento in the heart of the old city.

Areas of Study

Students will enroll in INTL 399: Beavers Without Borders (1 cr.)

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this experience, students will be able to:
  1. Comprehend elements of culture and society in Guatemala
  2. Understand the complexities, cultural contexts and consequences of service projects in Guatemala
  3. Enhance interpersonal skills and practice of group dynamics
  4. Give examples of how experience relates to learning
  5. Provide examples of how their pre-conceived notions were challenged
  6. Maneuver government travel regulations and navigate international airports


This program is designed primarily for student athletes at OSU.

Physical requirements include physical labor and walking.

Cost Estimates

Program Cost Estimates

Program Fee $2,500
Tuition (1 credit) $201 
Housing Included in Program Fee
Meals Included in Program Fee
Accident & Sickness Insurance $22 (approximate)
International Airfare Included in Program Fee
Passport $135
Visa or Entry/Exit Tax N/A
Books & Supplies Included in Program Fee
Local Transportation Included in Program Fee
Misc. Expenses $50
Total Estimated Expenses $2,926

Additional Info

The Program Leaders are David Bernell, Lindsey Goodman, and Jamaal May.

This program is currently not accepting applications.