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Participants in our programs are delivering healthcare and health education, hands-on every day. They are not watching, shadowing or observing and they are not conducting research. They’re making a difference!
Shortly after their arrival in the Guatemala City airport, the students will travel as a group, including GPSA staff, to Quetzaltenango, also known as Xela. Though Xela is the center of activity for the program, students live with GPSA staff in groups of five or six with a host family in villages outside of Xela. Living with a host family creates a perfect atmosphere to practice Spanish and learn and experience the Guatemalan culture.
For their clinical service, students are divided into teams led by trained college graduates (premeds from Duke, Johns Hopkins or similar universities) or faculty. Students learn to facilitate several medical interventions and screenings and complete an important introductory cultural and language training.
- Work at a local health center and deliver healthcare related to non-communicable diseases.
- Learn to facilitate medical interventions and screenings (how to measure infant height and weight, how to measure blood pressure, blood glucose, heart rate, etc.).
- Receive intense language training (one-on-one lessons, two hours per day) focused on Spanish. Fluent Spanish speakers will study one of the local Mayan languages.
- Live with a host family in villages outside of Xela.
- One to four week programs are offered in the summer and winter time.