Why Guatemala? Guatemala has a high rate of poverty and discrimination. The disparity has not been relieved since its Civil War, which ended about 20 years ago. Providing basic health care and surgery in rural areas provides relief of suffering and improved health to those who otherwise would go unserved. You will make a difference.
Viterbo partners with Refuge International to realize this work. A local health board supports a compound that provides safe meals, dorms, and support for volunteers. Since 2008, Viterbo graduate faculty have taken students on this trip to San Raymundo every February to provide surgical, clinic, pharmacy, vision, women's health, and dental services. The 2020 trip also includes a day of sightseeing and rest in the colonial city of Antigua.
Course Credits for BSN students:
4 credits in NURS 482: Professional Nursing in Guatemala
Course Credits for DNP students:
3 credits in NURS 616: Management of Health Problems: Adult-Gero
OR 3 credits in NURS 693: Clinical Practicum II FNP
OR 3 credits in NURS 810: DNP Clinical Practicum
Pre-requisites: Undergrad Nursing students must be a senior in their final semester and accepted to Guatemala study abroad program. Please note, limited undergraduate Nursing students will be chosen for this program.
Travel Dates: 10 days in February 2022
Program Leader: Marcia Hagen
Estimated Cost: $3,000–$3,300 per participant
*Based on a realistic estimate of participants. Fees may change based on final enrollment and/or exchange rate fluctuation.
Costs include international airfare, accommodations, in-country transportation, cultural activities, international health insurance, and most meals.
Cost does not include passport fees, vaccination fees, personal spending money, some meals or trip/travel insurance.
**Financial aid may be able to be applied. Please contact the Study Abroad Office to learn more about how the program costs are applied.
Housing: Shared Living
The following application materials are due to Brianna Rice, in Murphy Center 337 on or before October 1, 2021.
- Application Form
$200 Application Deposit (ONLY accepted in Cashier's check or money order form, payable to Viterbo University)
A one-page, single-spaced, typed personal statement addressing the following:
What motivates you to seek this particular experience?
What do you believe makes you a good fit for this particular program? Consider here not only how the program might influence you, but also how your strengths might enhance the experience for your peers, those you meet along the way, etc.