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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Panajachel, Guatemala; Rio Dulce, Guatemala; Sololá, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Program Overview

Guatemala City


This program affords Dental Hygiene and Health Studies students the unique opportunity to incorporate international service into their education. Participants of this abroad program will experience life in a developing country, gain an understanding of different cultures, and see healthcare and oral health care issues in Guatemala. The program will consist of applied learning, cultural exploration, and coursework/lecture.

 

Academics

Students have the option of enrolling in either DH 4533.55 or HS 5723. each for 3 hours of course credit. Each course is offered during the regular semester, with the abroad component occurring at the end of the semester. The abroad component is optional but may occur outside of the regular semester dates as noted on TWU's Academic Calendar.

DH 4533 Course Goals:
  • Discuss the facets of worldview and its implications with dental hygiene care delivery.
  • Analyze, compare, and contrast dental hygiene delivery in the U.S. with countries holding membership in the International Federation of Dental Hygienists, and countries having the lowest Human Development Index (HDI) scores as identified by the United Nations.
  • Discuss the impact the political system, population growth, economic conditions, inter-nation and intra-nation conflict, and culture have on healthcare delivery in the global environment.

HS 5723 Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Examine the facets of worldview and its implications with dental hygiene care delivery.
  • Analyze, compare, and contrast dental hygiene delivery in the U.S. with countries holding membership in the International Federation of Dental Hygienists, and countries having the lowest Human Development Index (HDI) scores as identified by the United Nations.
  • Examine the impact the political system, population growth, economic conditions, inter-nation and intra-nation conflict, poverty, and culture have on healthcare and oral healthcare delivery in the global environment.
  • Evaluate intervention plans of the underserved within the U.S., developed and underdeveloped countries.
  • Propose and reflect on interventions for an underdeveloped country.
 

Location

Guatemala



Guatemala City
The capital and largest city of the Republic of Guatemala, and the most populous in Central America. The city is located in the south-central part of the country, nestled in a mountain valley called Valle de la Ermita (English: Hermitage Valley). In 2009, it had a population of 1,075,000.







Antigua
Solola
It is the capital of the department of Sololá and the administrative seat of Sololá municipality.  The urban center has about 14,000 people, but the municipality also includes four village communities—Los Encuentros, El Tablón, San Jorge la Laguna, and Argueta—as well as 59 smaller rural communities Sololá is situated on a mountainside overlooking Lake Atitlán, some 600 meters below. It is a highland market center and is the headquarters for the Catholic Bishopric encompassing the Sololá and Chimaltenango Departments Almost all residents of Sololá are Kaqchikel Maya, except in Argueta, where most are K'iche' Maya. A large percentage of both men and women continue to wear traditional Mayan clothing. Sololá is home to many international organizations including Manna Project International, Friendship Bridge, Mayan Families and Love Futbol.

Antigua
Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala. It’s renowned for its Spanish colonial buildings, many of them restored following a 1773 earthquake that ended Antigua’s 200-year reign as Guatemala’s colonial capital. Notable architectural examples include baroque La Merced, a squat, yellow-and-white church. It’s an integral part of the city’s famous Semana Santa, a holy week with parades and rituals.

Detailed Itinerary
The following table is a proposed itinerary. Dates and activities are subject to change.
 
Date
Activity
12/06/2018
  • Pre-departure meeting
01/02/2018
  • Travel to Guatemala
  • On-site orientation
01/03/2018
  • Visit to Tio Juan Orphanage Dental Clinic
  • Visit the Guatemala Relief Map
  • Visit the Iglesia La Ermita
  • Tour the National Cathedral
  • Tour of the National Palace
  • Presentation by Julio Taracena, political science professor at the Universidad Rafael Landivar 
01/04/2018
  • Visit to Tio Juan Orphanage Dental Clinic
  • Visit Kaminaljuyu
  • Visit to National Archaeology and Ethnology Museum
  • Presentation by Rolando Amado, retired agronomist and anthropologist
01/05/2018
  • Visit to Tio Juan Orphanage Dental Clinic
  • Transfer to the BANDEGUA banana plantation
  • Visit Quirigua 
  • Transfer to Rio Dulce
01/06/2018
  • Visit San Felipe Castillo
  • Transfer along the lake shore to visit Finca Paraiso
  • Transfer to Antigua
    • an early capital of Guatemala protected today as a UNESCO world heritage site
01/07/2018
  • Walking tour of Antigua with Rosa Ordonez, professor at the Institute of Technical Training (INTECAP),
01/08/2018
  • Transfer to the Hogares Seguros/Casa de Sion orphanage in Los Robles, Solola and meet the staff and children of the orphanage.
  • Dental Clinic
01/09/2018
  • Dental Clinisc
  • Transfer to Panajachel
    • take a boat ride across Lake Atitlan to Santiago Atitlan
    • visit the Santo Tomas church at the central plaza
    • return by boat to Panajachel
  • Transfer to the
    orphanage for dinner and an overnight stay.
01/10/2018
  • Visit Pacaya Volcano
  • Transfer to Guatemala City and check-into hotel for final overnight stay.
01/10/2018
  • Return to Dallas
 

Cost Breakdown


The cost breakdown below serves as a guide to help you estimate the total cost for the abroad program. This estimate applies to TWU students enrolled in the course attached to the abroad program and the faculty/staff leaders of the program. 
 
 
Airfare: $816
Passport: $110
Hotels: $232
Meals: $258
In-country expenses faculty, guide, driver: $109
In-country transportation (ground and water) $246
Tour guide $85
Gratuity for tour guide/driver $176
Sites/museums $78
Personal Expenses: $100
Education Abroad International Insurance & Administration Fee $100
Estimated Total: $2310

*Price does not include TWU Tuition and Fees. Information regarding these expenses can be found online at the Bursar's Office website

 
 

Program Leaders

Dr. Leslie Koberna
OMB 217
940.898.2889
lkoberna@twu.edu

Charlene Dickinson
OMB 216
940.898.2877
cdickinson@twu.edu
 


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 05/11/2018 05/11/2018 05/14/2018 05/25/2018