Takes A Lot Of Courage

Megan Potyczka Speech Pathology and Audiology Major Global Perspective on Pediatric Rehabilitation in Dominican Republic (Faculty-led) , Spring 2017 Studying abroad was always something I wanted to do. It didn’t really matter where I went, I just wanted to travel and learn about something related to my field of study, speech-language pathology. When I found out…

My First (And Hopefully Last) Earthquake

Evelia Bautista Communication Studies Major Non- WMU Program- Universidad Latina De America, Mexico, Spring 2018 I never thought I’d live an earthquake, ever. It was Friday afternoon and I was sitting in the dining room with two other people when suddenly we all felt dizzy. Everything spun. One of them asked “Is that an earthquake?!…

Reassuring My Calling

Annelise Wilp Organizational Communication and Spanish Double Major Intercultural Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring 2018 I never expected that I would be so lucky to study abroad three times during my time at Western, but here I am. When my professor promoted his intercultural communication and ethnography spring break program in the…

Guatemala 2018: The Final Day

Lauren Brya Social Work and Nonprofit Leadership Majors Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring break 2018 Alas, the final day of our trip has come to a close. As the sun situated itself in the sky we ate our last breakfast in Panajachel and lugged our suitcases to be piled up on the top…

Guatemala 2018: The Power of Doing Good

Dana Schmalzel Occupational Therapy (Graduate) Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We started our first full day in Panajachel with breakfast at our hotel. We then walked to Mayan Families to start our day of service. Mayan Families is a non-profit organization that works with several small communities around Lake…

Guatemala 2018: Planting Seeds of Hope

Sierra Penny Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We started the day with breakfast at our hotel, The Cacique Inn. Our first destination was the Mayan Families preschool in Panajachel. “Mayan Families” is a non-profit organization that educates, feeds, shelters and heals several small Mayan…

Guatemala 2018: Community Health in Guatemala

Jennifer Harrison Faculty Director Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 The two themes of the course can initially seem unrelated.  What does permaculture have to do with health.  However we quickly learned the intimate connection, which can be best summed up by an ancestral phrase from one of the directors at…

Guatemala 2018: What is Permaculture?

Jennifer Harrison Faculty Director Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 Permaculture in Guatemala: The two themes of this course are permaculture and community health. As a result, the class attracts student from the health sciences like social work, nursing, and occupational therapy, biology, international relationships, and anthropology. This year is no…

Guatemala 2018: “Adios” to San Lucas Tolimán

Kali Blackburn Social Work Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 As I reflect on this week, today specifically, it’s so hard to put into words all of the emotions and special moments I have experienced while in Guatemala. With what has been a jam-packed schedule of tours around forests, organizations…

Guatemala 2018: So Much in So Little Time

Natalie Griffin Interdisciplinary Health Services Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 Today was a very busy. We started our morning by visiting a junior high school in San Lucas Tolimán. In Guatemala, students have to pay to go to school starting in 7th grade. Because of this students are more…

Guatemala 2018: A Full Day

Nicole Samaroo Interdisciplinary Health Services: Occupational Therapy Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 We did so much today that thinking back on it, I really can’t believe it all happened today. No one can say that study abroad trips are boring or don’t have anything to do. Our day was…

Guatemala 2018: The Real Guatemala

Da’Chelle Burnett Social Work Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 You know how we see the beautiful islands around the world — those typical vacation destinations? Like the beautiful parts of Jamaica, Barbados, Puerto Rico, etc…? What about the parts where most of the citizens actually live? You know, the…