Friday, August 03, 2012

Mission to Guatemala

SponsorWilman Ortega, M.D. FCCPContactWilman Ortega, M.D. FCCP
LocationAntigua, Guatemala
MissionOur summer program is based in Antigua Guatemala, a small city about 45 minutes from Guatemala City. You will spend at least 4 weeks in this colonial town surrounded by mountains and volcanoes. You will stay and live with a Guatemalan family. The first two weeks you will learn Spanish with your own personal teacher, emphasis will be placed in learning medical terminology and the clinical interview.

During your second two weeks you will have the opportunity to volunteer in a rural clinic, work with school children teaching preventive health, work with a diabetic club, help prevent diseases by participating in a vaccination campaign, among other activities.

It's not all work! You will also have plenty of opportunities to play. In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit convents, Mayan towns, and learn the local culture and customs. During the weekends you can do long trips and travel to see the magnificent Maya city of Tikal, visit Lake Atitlán (one of the most beautiful lakes on earth) or relax by the beach on the pacific ocean.

  • Great flexibility, students get to choose when they want to go.
  • The opportunity to learn/polish your Spanish with emphasis in Medical Spanish.
  • Full immersion in a new culture and language
  • Introduction to rural health in Latin America
  • Social outreach programs
  • Great trips to amazing places on the weekends
  • Great food !

Duration and Time1st year students June - July
4th year students anytime from January - May
The duration is 4 weeks, but can be extended if desired.
Estimated Cost$1,200 - 1,300 for four weeks
includes everything (2 weeks of Spanish with private tutor, room and board, etc) except airfare
ApplicationFor more information and the application, click here.
RestrictionsOpen to first year and fourth year students. 


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