For an action packed 8-days, we’ll step out of the classroom and into the complex world of healthcare in Guatemala’s western highlands. From big bustling cities to small rural communities, we’ll live and learn alongside local health practitioners, administrators and activists. We’ll visit frontline nurses, ride along with volunteer responders and meet with underserved patients. We’ll examine the gaps in public service delivery and explore how a diverse village of local community, business, and non-profit actors are stepping in to fill them. So, get ready to challenge yourself with service learning, cultural immersion and adventure. This is our chance to explore healthcare in a new and different landscape while reflecting on the challenges facing practitioners in Guatemala and back home in Canada.
Here are a few of the highlights of the program:
- Visit big city hospitals and small rural clinics and learn about Guatemala’s healthcare system alongside local practitioner.
- Join the doctors and nurses of Primeros Pasos and see how a small rural clinic is affecting health outcomes in the shadow of Volcan Santa Maria.
- Ride along with members of the Red Cross and Bomberos and see challenges for Guatemala’s volunteer first-responders.
- Meet the social workers, teachers, and students of EDELAC and its Hogar Abierto to see how an innovative educational program is impacting health and wellness in Las Rosas.
- Stay with a Guatemalan host family