Forensic Anthropology in Guatemala

Ref: 10002707


Third year Forensic Science students enrolled on FSCI3040 DNA Profiling are eligible to participate in this opportunity. The maximum number of places is 15 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will accompany the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.


The Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation field school will give students practical experiences to apply and deepen their knowledge from the DNA profiling module. They will see the impact forensic science can have in society while receiving training about the situation in Guatemala, the investigation process, forensic anthropology and forensic genetics.

Moreover, it will also give them a chance to interact with, and learn from, experts in their field and experience life in a very different country. Access to forensic science laboratories working on live casework is not generally available in the UK so the trip provides a unique learning opportunity for students.

Cultural activities

Related activities will include a visit to FAFG’s Museum of the Victims. In addition a documentary night at the hotel and a visit to the Police Archives may also be included. There will also be optional activities offered such as a day tip to Antigua, a traditional Guatemalan meal and a visit to the central market in the city. Students will also have the opportunity to travel to Lake Atitlan and see some of Guatemala’s beautiful scenery.

Contact details

Travel and accommodation

  • Travel – Students are required to independently book their travel.
  • Accommodation – The faculty will book accommodation for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Visa information

To take part in this trip you must meet Guatemalan immigration requirements. The #DMUglobal team will provide documents as required but you must ensure you apply for your visa as soon as you have been formally accepted for this opportunity. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements so you receive your visa before departure. Please be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Most British citizen passport holders will not need a visa to visit Guatemala, but check entry requirements on the website. Students from outside the UK will need to contact the Guatemalan Embassy in London to find out if they need a visa.

You must have a minimum of 6 months validity on your passport from the date of entry into Guatemala.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Saturday 23 February 2019
  • Return date: Monday 4 March 2019
  • Estimated cost of travel, field school and accommodation: £1,720
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK transfers, visa (if applicable), vaccinations, and one night’s accommodation if participating in the trip to Lake Atitlan
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £400
  • Deadline for application: CLOSED