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Camden: Health and Healing in Guatemala: A Service Learning Journey
Antigua, Guatemala (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Camden Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Camden Spring 2017 02/06/2017
Rolling Admission 03/10/2017 03/19/2017

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The Program
This seminar and international service-learning course introduces students to health and healing in Guatemala, one of many developing countries in the Americas with significant poverty and health disparities. Classroom and field experiences focus on demographic, socio-cultural, spiritual, economic, legal, and political factors influencing population health and healthcare delivery within Guatemala. Three key areas include the following: 1) Mayan history and marginalization as it relates to today’s setting  2) Traditional and Western medical systems and their articulation within the health care system of Guatemala; and 3) Identification of population health needs and progress toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2030).

During the ten-day international service-learning experience, students work among the highland Maya on projects to improve community health while learning about local culture, history and the environment.  Examples of these projects included stove construction, health screenings and education, and hands-on seminars with Mayan healers and lay midwives.  In addition to the focus on Guatemala, an emphasis will be place on cultural congruence and humility, team building, improving interpersonal relationships and communication, and integrating concepts of inter-professional education.

Additional trip highlights (tentative):

Visit majestic Lake Atitlan, ringed by volcanoes and among the most beautiful lakes in the world. Travel by boat to the surrounding villages and tour an organic coffee cooperative while sipping Guatemalan coffee.
Tread over swinging foot and cable bridges, visit a butterfly sanctuary, and zip line over the tree canopy past monkeys, waterfalls, cliffs, and volcanoes.
Visit the famous Chichicastenango Mayan market, witnessing the processions of Mayan priests and cofradias
Relax in a volcanic hot spring
Visit the colonial city of Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site, with lovely plazas, historic sites and churches, and shopping in the marketplace.
Spend five days at a retreat center as you complete your service learning projects in villages surrounding the city of Xela, participate in a Maya healing ceremony, learn about traditional medicine, and work closely with an indigenous (native) community to improve their health
Tour the ruins of the ancient Maya capital city of Iximche.

Students from all majors and levels of study are welcome, and have participated successfully for many years.

Program Location(s)

Faculty Directors: Nancy Pontes (, School of Nursing-Camden
Course Number: 57:705:399
Course Meeting Dates and Times: 6:00-8:30pm: 1/24, 2/7, 2/21, 3/7, 3/28

Program Dates
Spring Break 2017 (Approximately March 10-19, 2017)
(subject to change)

Financial Information
Program Cost: TBD (2016 cost: $2,500)

Program Cost Includes
HTH Travel Health Insurance
Most Meals

Program Cost Does Not Include
Passport Fee (if you do not have a current, valid passport)
Course Tuition (if you are not a full-time student)
Some meals

*Please complete all components of the application, including passport number and expiration date.
*Upon completion of this application, the Center for International Programs will register you in the course.
*To withdraw, please contact the Center for International Programs at Remember: once you sign the Camden Statement of Financial Responsibility, you may be responsible for paying the entire cost of the program.