Teach Public Health in Guatemala

Study Health Abroad While Helping Children in Poverty

Over 59 percent of the population of Guatemala lives below the poverty line, and 23 percent live in extreme poverty. Add an impact to your study health abroad trip by volunteering to work on a nonprofit coffee farm that focuses on economic development, or working with an organization that helps women and girls in poverty.

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Sojourn – Gain a better understanding of the community you’re visiting. Learn about different religions or spiritual practices. How do these impact the communities? How does religion or spirituality influence local traditions?

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Savor – Will you choose sweet or savory? Take the time to visit local markets and discover unique local ingredients. Learn how to prepare traditional meals & local favorites.

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Tip of the Tongue – Each morning, take the time to learn a few basic greetings and phrases in the local language. Learn how to write greetings & your name in the local script.

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A Wrinkle in Time – History influences our present. Discover the history of the country you visit. Hear the stories of your guides & their family history. Where do they come from?

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Journal Journeys – Take some time to reflect on the day’s events and document your journey. Spend a moment journaling about the day had & day ahead. These are memories for a lifetime!

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Culture – From local dances, festivals, or simple gestures to communicate – all of these make up a country’s culture. Learn and practice cultural norms & how to show respect in the culture you visit.

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When you arrive in Antigua, Guatemala, the first thing you’ll notice are the volcanoes as they watch over the city. Don’t worry — you’ll get a chance to meet them soon

Your first stop today is a viewing spot where you can take in the whole city called Cerro de la Cruz, or Hill of the Cross. You’ll get a great look at the beautiful architecture of Antigua, as well as the huge cross standing above it. Once you walk back down the hill, you’ll go on an architecture tour, visiting sites like Arco de Santa Catalina, the city’s most famous photo op, and Iglesia de San Francisco El Grande, a ruined church.

Early this morning, you’ll leave for a once in a lifetime experience: a hike up a volcano! Its highest summit is 13,044 feet, or 3,976 meters, and it’s one of the most active volcanoes in Guatemala. You’ll hike for approximately 5 hours, leaving more than enough time to see the sunset from the top. You’ll be able to see the red hot lava flowing in the dark!

You’ll wake up bright and early this morning at the top of Acatenango Volcano, with a perfect view of the sunrise overlooking the city. You’ll spend the morning descending the volcano and get back into town around noon. 

Since you’ve spent so much time hiking over the past two days, it’s time for a treat! You’ll visit ChocoMuseo, the local chocolate museum. You’ll take a chocolate making class with an expert chocolatier, who will tell you about the history of cacao in Guatemala and how it impacts the local economy today.

Today, you’ll be volunteering for a vital project in Guatemala: helping to improve the health of children. This group provides free dental care and education about dental hygiene to the children of Antigua, who often lose teeth very young due to improper care and diet. You’ll go to a school in Antigua to help educate these children about proper dental hygiene and assist the dentists in their essential work.

You’ll be heading up another volcano today, but don’t worry about straining your sore muscles. You’ll be horseback riding to the top of Volcan de Pacaya, or the Pacaya Volcano! Pacaya has frequent eruptions that are visible from far away. Enjoy the view and the company of your steed as you make your way to the top.

It’s time to head home, but your impact on Guatemala doesn’t have to end. You can take actions even from far away to help those below the poverty line in the country, or you can always make your way back!

Antigua, Guatemala is a city surrounded by volcanoes. There are at least 37, making it the most volcanically active area in the region. The city contains beautiful architecture, including ruins of many colonial churches. So visit Antigua if you’re ready to experience an adventure and history. But along the way, you’ll also be able to complete educational and volunteer projects as you study health abroad to help the people in the city who are living below the poverty line without proper medical care.


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