Led by Belmont College of Business faculty Dr. Marietta Velikova and Jose Gonzalez, a group of 15 students recently spent 11 days on a study abroad trip to Guatemala. This is the second year a group from Belmont has visited the area to learn about Fair Trade Coffee, entrepreneurship and economic development. Their experience included work with Limitless Horizons, a local NGO that supports youth education in the region of Chajul, and Asociacion Chajulense, one of Guatemala’s largest Fair Trade and organic coffee producer coop. The group also visited Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala City, where they were able to explore their beautiful campus and listen to a lecture by Professor Monterroso on poverty in Latin America.
About the trip, Instructor of Entrepreneurship and Management Jose Gonzalez said, “This is a great opportunity for students to apply learning and get some international experience doing what so many at Belmont are passionate about, helping others. I’m thankful to be a part of what has proven to be such a rewarding learning experience for all.”