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Guatemala International Experience



The Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health is excited to offer an extraordinary education abroad program for our students who desire to have a life transforming experience! The focus is on service-learning to help the indigenous Mayan people improve their quality of life.

Working and studying abroad makes you an active and engaged part of a global community. This experience can enhance your job prospects, make you competitive in an international economy, give you a broader outlook, and inspire personal and professional growth. You will have opportunity to acquire and cultivate skills and make a positive difference in the lives of the indigenous Mayans.

Service Learning Opportunities:

  • Teach nutrition lessons, all ages
  • Tend community gardens and teach cooking classes
  • Work in medical clinics
  • Assist local Mayan physician
  • Conduct community health assessments
  • Develop physical activity programs
  • Disease prevention programs
  • Tutor in reading, English, computers, & business skills
  • Research opportunities
  • Data collection for health initiatives

Religious Procession in Guatemala

Our program embraces innovation in the international experience. Many study abroad opportunities often represent the traditional model where students choose a pre-established date and length of stay in an identified country and go on a study tour or semester abroad. Our unique program will run year round and we will send a cohort of students approximately every 8 weeks to spend 6-16 weeks participating in service learning & cultural activities in the Lake Atitlan region.

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