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November 16, 2023

Service-learning opportunities in Guatemala

Submitted by Linda Yarrow

Looking for a life-transforming experience for your students or yourself? The food, nutrition, dietetics and health department offers an education abroad program in Guatemala. An information session will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, in Room 122 of Justin Hall. Or join via Zoom

The focus is on service-learning to help the Indigenous Maya people improve their quality of life. The program has a variable length of stay  — six to 12 weeks — and there is an on-site K-State program manager to assist students while living, learning and serving in Guatemala.

Examples of service-learning opportunities: Work in medical clinics, teach nutrition lessons all ages, assist a local Maya physician, assist with community garden programs, assist with clean water programs, present cooking classes, conduct community health assessments, develop physical activity programs, assist with disease prevention programs, tutor in English/computers/business skills, assist with housing improvements, teach financial skills, research opportunities. If an interest is not listed, let us know — we will work with you and your student.

Why consider this program? Working and studying abroad makes students an active and engaged part of a global community. This experience can enhance job prospects and make students more competitive in an international economy, give them a broader outlook, and inspire personal and professional growth. Students and faculty have the opportunity to acquire and cultivate skills and make a positive difference in the lives of the Indigenous Maya. The projected dates for summer 2024 are May 20-June 28 and June 24-Aug. 2.

To learn more, please visit the website. Additionally, you can learn about previous students' activities on Facebook

For more information, please contact Linda Yarrow at lyarrow@k-state.edu or Kathleen Hoss at khosscruz@k-state.edu for further information.