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Guatemala - Service and Health

December 30, 2017 – January 13,  2018 (Winter Break) 



Apply by October 15, 2017 

The Course: GLS – 120 Education Experience Abroad (3 credits) 
This experience in Guatemala is open to all students, in particular, those with an interest in the education, liberal arts, construction and health fields. The course offers students the opportunity to use their skills in building homes, working with infants in a malnutrition center, enjoying a day with children in an orphanage, distributing food and clothing in neighboring villages, feeding the homeless and participating in clinical health care. There also are many opportunities to practice the Spanish language, if applicable. Other opportunities may be available, and these elements all come together to provide a well-rounded program for all participants.

The Destination: Antigua, Guatemala 
Located in Central America between Mexico and El Salvador, Guatemala’s landscape is dominated by active volcanoes that reach above dense rain forests. This program is hosted in Antigua, a city of charm and colors, which may be the most outstanding and preserved colonial city in Spanish America. Tourists from around the world visit Antigua every year to enjoy its natural beauty, historic monuments, and rich Mayan culture. The Spanish Colonial style permeates every part of the town: its houses, churches, squares, parks, ruins, traditions and folklore.

The Experience Highlights:
  • Home Build for Families through ImagininGuatemala
  • Live with Guatemalan Family
  • Make New Friends and Lifelong Memories
  • Traditional Mayan Ceremony
  • Antigua City Tour
  • Weekend Excursions (TBD)
  • Coffee Plantation Visit
  • Zip Lining (Optional)
Estimated Program Fee: $3,150 
Includes:
  • Round Trip Airfare 
  • Housing (home-stay with Guatemalan family)
  • Most meals 
  • Health Insurance 
  • Cultural Excursions 
Does Not Include: 
  • Tuition for Spring 2018 credits 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Passport Fee 
Faculty Contact:
Lisa Hebl, Professor, Dental Hygiene
319-398-7601
lisa.hebl@kirkwood.edu
Linn Hall, Room 2164J