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…

Guatemala 2018: Unity

Shaquona Espinoza Pre-Social Work Major Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala (Faculty-led), Spring Break 2018 What does unity mean? Growing up I would learn about unity in history class; when we would only join together in time of war. I would see people coming together when someone of our community was shot and killed. But…

Growing Up in Spanish

Lauren Smith Major: Occupational Therapy Spring 2017 Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala My study abroad trip to Guatemala was one of the best personal growth experiences I’ve ever had. I knew a lot of Spanish before going on this trip but I was always better at understanding the language than speaking it because I was…

Year 3 for Community Health and Permaculture in Guatemala

The third Western Michigan University study abroad trip to Lake Atitlan, Guatemala is planned for travel in early March 2017.  This year, we will be traveling with 12 students, including students from social work, occupational therapy, sociology, and nursing programs, and two faculty Drs. Jennifer Harrison and Alan Messinger.  We will partner again with non-governmental…