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Operation Groundswell’s “Land, Livelihoods, and Liberation” program goes deep inside the original Banana Republic where a green veil conceals bitter fruit. So, from the bustling markets of Guatemala’s big cities to the smallholder farms of the western highlands, we’ll explore places where land and livelihoods are intertwined with identity and examine why Guatemalans continue to emigrate en masse. We’ll meet with small producers, talk politics with migrant workers and get our hands dirty alongside local land defenders. We’ll learn about coffee, textiles, and other ways Guatemalans are challenging the legacies of colonialism and inequities of globalization.
The combination of hands-on projects, cultural immersion, and adventure will provide a unique classroom where students can challenge themselves and each other to think about the links between land, livelihoods, and liberation.