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Earn 3 credit hours during this 8-day, faculty-led study abroad trip to Guatemala December 13-21, 2017.

December 13-21, 2017


Experience, firsthand, the supply chain of coffee from bean to cup. Your journey starts at the award-winning farms of Ricardo Zelaya Coffee in the beautiful Antigua region of Guatemala. There you will experience the picking, processing, and packaging of beans for international shipping. You will then see how the beans get shipped from the capital, Guatemala City, to destinations worldwide. As a result, you will develop an understanding of the complexities of global business, particularly business practices in a new culture, through interactions with local students, business leaders and government officials. The trip will end at Mountaineer Roasting Company at the WVU Evansdale Crossing where you will experience the conversion of the product and retail interface with the final consumer.


  • 2 nights in Guatemala City
  • 4 nights at the world-class Santa Clara Finca


  • Meet students at a local university and visit the Chamber of Commerce
  • Tour farms and learn about how soils, planting, growing, watering and fertilizer affect the production of coffee beans
  • Experience how coffee beans are harvested, processed, tasted/cupped; study the international logistics of export
  • Tour the beautiful countryside, including a volcano and the award-winning farms that serve world leaders their morning brew
  • Visit a port and witness how coffee is exported globally
  • Service project in a local children’s hospital


The cost includes all accommodations and meals. Speak to a faculty advisor for details.


Dr. John Saldanha
Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management | 304.293.5318

Philomena Krosmico
Adjunct Professor of Supply Chain Management

Office of International Programs | | 304.293.6955

Program offerings and scholarship funds are available through the WVU College of Business and Economics Stuart M. and Joyce N. Robbins Center for Global Business and Strategy.