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Integrated Learning Experiences- INLEX

About

Integrated Learning Experiences offers volunteer programs , group volunteering and internships in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Peru and Argentina. Our programs are customized to the participants to create great cultural experiences.

Website
www.inlexca.org
Founded
2004
Headquarters

Apartado postal 003
San Lucas, Sacatepequez
Guatemala

Reviews

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Carla
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

During my time in Costa Rica I got to stay with an amazing tico host family in the city of San Ramón while working in a women empowerment program. San Ramón is a beautiful and lively city and the other volunteers and I were all really happy with our projects and host families. Tanya, the program’s coordinator took great care of us and regularly planed get-togethers and trips. You will be able to pick up the Spanish pretty quickly since you are always surrounded by it - at home as well as at work. Moreover you’ll get the possibility to really get to know the wonderful people of Costa Rica and see the prettiest places. I can only recommend this program to anyone! Muchísimas gracias por todo! Tuve el mejor tiempo y quiero volver pronto

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Franka
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

All in all the program was an awesome experience. The family I stayed with was friendly, lovely and always open to help me. I really appreciated this much. Unfortunately I had to evacuate my program, due to the arising of COVID-19 and the immediate change if conditions. I could not enter my project, since I only stayed in Costa Rica for 5 weeks before the COVID-19 break out. These 5 weeks I had visited a Spanish course. All in all the experience was exceptional, even though I had to stop my project and return to Germany.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing. I was content with every aspect. The families were nice and the Spanish course was very helpful.
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Jenna
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Costa Rica (especially the people!) is truly magnificent. San Ramón has everything you need and is located extremely well for traveling around the country. The coordinator is so sweet, fun (planned many activities) and really took the time for me and us. My volunteer project was really well organized and it was special to meet the other volunteers, who I’m still friends with. Living with the host family was authentic and special. I hope I can go back some day. I’m convinced, you won’t regret going!

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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Volunteering at Corazon del Bosque was an amazing experience. The work itself was very interesting - they have a great mindset for what they want to work towards. As long as you bring initiative, there are some really interesting opportunities to help out. The homestay with the local family was a great way to learn about local life, about Mayan culture, and to practice Spanish. My family was hugely accommodating, they made me feel at home the whole time there. The programme itself was also very supportive, checking in with me regularly, and always providing helpful advise when needed (either about the programme or about travel in Guatemala more generally). Overall a fantastic experience!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Lots of yummy food eaten and was great to learn about this, also trying to make tortillas (harder than it looks...) Caldo de pata was the most interesting and authentic thing to try!
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Greta
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Translated by Go Overseas:

I had a great time in Costa Rica; Including work on my two projects and life in a Costa Rican family, which I loved.
The volunteers are part of the families and all the families of my friends that I met were too pretty.
My family especially made me as their daughter or sister and totally as a part that made me feel super comfortable in that family and I will never forget that experience.
In my two projects (A school and a nursery) I felt very good too, because all the people are too kind and I was always a vacilon with them.
I am very grateful for everything I had in Costa Rica and for all the people I met.

Original Review:

Tenía un tiempo buenísimo en Costa Rica; incluido el trabajo en mis dos proyecto y la vida en una familia tica, que me encantó.
Los voluntarios son parte de las familias y todas las familias de mis amigas que conocí, estuvieron demasiado lindas.
La familia mía especialmente me hizo como una hija o hermana de ellos y totalmente como una parte que me hizo sentir súper cómoda en esa familia y nunca voy a olvidar ese experiencia.
En mis dos proyectos (Un colegio y una guardería) me sentí muy bien también, porque todas la personas son demasiado amables y siempre era un vacilon con ellos.
Estoy muy agradecida por todo que tenía en Costa Rica y por toda la gente que conocí.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe more projects which actually need help like for example projects with construction

Programs

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Integrated Learning Experiences- INLEX
Volunteer in Guatemala | Education, Wildlife Conservation, & more
Guatemala
9.45 •31 reviews

Guatemala is a developing country that needs as much help as possible...

Integrated Learning Experiences- INLEX
Volunteer in Costa Rica | Education, Healthcare, & more
Costa Rica
8.88 •26 reviews

Costa Rica is well known for its natural beauty, wildlife, and relaxed...

Integrated Learning Experiences- INLEX
Volunteer in Peru | Education, Preservation, Medical or Sports
Peru
9 •2 reviews

INLEXCA offers volunteer programs based in Cusco giving the perfect...

Integrated Learning Experiences- INLEX
Health, Medical & Physiotherapy Projects in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua
Multiple Countries
9 •2 reviews

Low income communities have very limited access to good health...

Integrated Learning Experiences- INLEX
Intern in Micro-finance in Guatemala
Guatemala
9 •1 review

Do you have a background in finance or business? You can intern in...

Integrated Learning Experiences- INLEX
INLEXCA: Volunteer in Nicaragua
Nicaragua
10 •1 review

Volunteers will discover the different needs and aspects of Nicaragua...

Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Andrea Villanueva

Andrea is a first generation college student and a Global Health major at the University of California, San Diego. She is a proud Latina and a member of Chicanos for Community Medicine on campus; her passion is health education and healthcare policies.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I wanted to go somewhere that I could practice my Spanish, but also get hands-on experience. I also wanted to go somewhere that I had never been before. This program would give me the opportunity to get exposed to real-life experiences in the medical field. It would also help fulfill my graduation requirement at my school.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The program arranged my placement at the clinic I was working at. They also arranged my host family, two meals each day, and transportation from the airport. My program coordinator would check in on me and take me out to visit the city. The only things I had to organize on my own were flights, transportation to the airport, and any tourist activites I wanted to do.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I wish I had spent some more time being preparing emotionally. The culture shock was very real for me, and was something that I had not put a lot of thought into. My biggest piece of advice though would be to not be afraid to travel alone! At first I was very scared, and I wish I had spent more time in the beginning thinking about the fun I was having.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

My day would start off by opening the triage room, greeting patients, and preparing the examination room. The doctor would then come in and we'd start calling in patients. On an average day we'd see anywhere from 20-30 patients. The days consisted of shadowing doctors and helping them with their examinations. In between patients, I would have the opportunity to ask the doctor questions about the particular case or the healthcare in Peru. I assisted with translation for the doctors, and had the opportunity to help in surgeries as well.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I think the most challenging part by far was how difficult it is on your mental health to be seeing sick patients every day. Sometimes you have to deliver bad news and it's emotionally taxing. Luckily, the doctors were always there to give me advice or talk to me about how they get through the days. It was great to speak with people who understood and had gone through the same emotional rollercoaster.

What was the best piece of advice that was given to you?

The doctors gave me some great pieces of advice as I continue my educational career: the key to being a successful doctor is the ability to empathize with your patients; treat each one as if they're your mother, father, sibling, or child.

Our job is to bring peace of mind to patients, peace of mind to live happy, healthy lives.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Alex Perez

Job Title
Volunteer Coordinator

What is your favorite travel memory?

I once traveled to Costa Rica without much money, and thought because of this, it would be a limited experience. While there, I met many wonderful people, visited beautiful places, and ate well.

From this, I realized that it is important to travel with a positive attitude and open mind, and take every day as it comes.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I am happy to be able to meet many people through what I do. It's incredible to think of all of the things that you can learn when you are exposed to so many different people, and I thoroughly enjoy putting participants in touch with others in my country.

I believe that when knowledge and culture are shared, we are helping people to understand and share more than just information.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

A participant named Britt was assigned to work in a women's empowerment project. During her time there, she met a family (mother and four children) who were living in very poor conditions without a home of their own.

Britt decided to begin fundraising amongst local companies, other families, and even her own family in New York. Through this, she was able to build a nice home for this struggling family.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose an environmental program because I like nature and believe it is an important cause to support.

These type of projects demand a lot of initiative, and require participants to be proactive and creative, and I think this experience would be a good measure of my personal strengths and weaknesses.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are a respectful team and responsible with our clients, and offer personalized and unique experiences. Our atmosphere in the office as well as in our host locations align well with the reality of each country.

We're happy to hear when our participants learn important lessons from their time spent abroad with us.