Kaqchikel Field School

kaqchikel-mayanLearn Kaqchikel Mayan on your summer vacation!

Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance, in coordination with the University of Maryland Language Science Center, hosts an intensive Kaqchikel language class and mentored research in highland Guatemala. Experienced Kaqchikel-speaking teachers plan the content and lessons for each class. Students work intensively with the teachers for 8 hours a day in immersive language-learning activities and one-on-one instruction.

The field school lasts for two weeks and all students stay with Kaqchikel families to continue their language learning into the evening and experience everyday life in Guatemala. The mentored research also last for two weeks, in which students conduct their own research on Mayan languages of their choice under the supervision of Faculty members from the University of Maryland. 

In addition to classes and research, students have the opportunity to visit sites during the weekends, especially the different projects that Wuqu’ Kawoq runs in the Kaqchikel area.

The field school was named in the same manner as Wuqu’ Kawoq. The name “Kab’lajuj Ey” refers to a date on the 260-day Mayan calendar, which corresponds to the very first day of the 2010 course (June 7, 2010). Each Mayan calendar date contains one of the 13 numbers and one of the 20 days names. Kab’lajuj means “twelve” and the day name Ey means “the path.”

Kab’lajuj Ey will be of particular interest to NGO & health workers, linguists, & social scientists.

To learn more about Kab’lajuj Ey, please contact us here:

See information about the University of Maryland Field Station in Guatemala here!

The 2017 Field School and mentored research will be from May 29th to June 23th in Patzún, Guatemala

magdaCosts for 2017 are $1000 for two-weeks without University credit. Costs cover field school tuition as well as housing, food, and in-country travel to the field school location. Please ask about discounted prices for Guatemalans, Peace Corps, and NGO workers living in Guatemala.

There is a $25 non-refundable application fee due at the time of registration that you can make through our donation page; please make sure to write in the comment section that it is for the Language School.

You can also see pictures from past sessions here.

Maya Radio

mayaradioIn collaboration with Cultural Survival and Kaqchikel Cholchi’, we have begun to produce radio spots in Kaqchikel about common health conditions and remedies. These and similar projects are provided as a service to the community.

Maya Radio

Facebook in Kaqchikel


With our colleagues the Guatemalan Academy of Mayan Languages and First Voices, we have built a Kaqchikel version of Facebook. We also had press coverage from CNN México and Fox News Latino.

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