The Guatemala Project came about because of previous efforts by Dr. Spivey, the president of Florida Southern College, in conducting biology projects in Guatemala. Dr. Jean Battle, USF College of Education’s first dean, visited Guatemala at the invitation of Dr. Spivey. Upon his return, he asked Dr. Bob Shannon, Associate Dean of the USF College of Education, to develop and direct the Guatemala Project. This project was designed to improve the K-12 Schools of Guatemala. In the summer of 1968, twenty undergraduate students from the USF College of Education traveled to Guatemala for six weeks of study at the University of San Carlo. The students, accompanied by Dr. Shannon, each paid $600 for their travel, lodging, food, and tuition. The Guatemala Project was short lived and is thought to have ended by 1970.