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UTIA researchers and faculty are exploring opportunities and potential partnerships with collaborators ​in Guatemala. The Smith International Center holds the Milam Family Opportunity Endowment which provides funding for experiential international opportunities in Guatemala, for students and faculty to work on world challenges related to clean water, food resources, health and nutrition. 

Contact Dave Ader or Adam Willcox for more information.

Spring Break 2022 Study Abroad flyer

Current Partners

  • Ke​m A’jachel​ 
  • Barbara Ford Center of Peace
  • ICC- Private Institute for Climate Change Research 
  • Health Talents International
  • ARCAS​​​

Milam Family Endowment

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A generous donation from a local Knoxville family has allowed for continued in Guatemala. Their hope is that the funds are used to inspire the next generation of volunteers to be passionate about Guatemala and its people.

Milam Scholars

Student working on plants in Guatemala

Each year two UTIA students are chosen through a competitive process to participate in an internship related to their major and professional interests in Guatemala. They work with one of the Smith Center’s local partners to conduct research and community outreach. Read about the Milam Scholars program. 

Study Abroad Course

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UTK Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Challenges in Guatemala​ is a course designed to engage students in all topics related to food, agriculture and natural resources in Guatemala. While the course is a semester-long spring course, they experience Guatemala first-hand during a Spring Break study abroad trip.