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Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health

Service Learning Opportunities

Potential FNDH Student Service Learning Activities in Guatemala
 Mayan FamiliesJabel TinamitDr. Francisco MendezSHARE
Assist with pre-school meal preparation
English tutoring
Reading tutoring
Basic Nutrition lessons: child through adult
Focused Nutrition lessons: breastfeeding, reproductive health, sanitation and food hygiene
Community gardens
Cooking classes
Assist in medical clinic
Diabetes education
Adult work training programs
Teach Computer skills
Teach Leadership skills
Elderly food program
Empowerment classes for females
Community health assessments
Assist with medical home visits
Physical activity programs
Disease prevention programs
Data collection on health initiatives and outcomes assessment

 

Potential Cultural Activities: Each of the villages in the Atitlan region offers unique opportunities. This is a sample of available activities:

  • San Marcos: hike up to see a Mayan traditional altar
  • Santiago: hike to Mayan temples and ruins, church where Father Rother (American Catholic priest) was murdered, beading shops, visit Maximon (historial Mayan deity), Cojolya Weaving Center and Museum
  • San Pedro: famous local painter, visit with Mayan midwife
  • San Juan: natural dyes, weaving cooperatives
  • San Antonio: pottery making, textile shops
  • Solola: women's weaving cooperative
  • Chichicastenango: world-famous market day, Church of Santo Tomas (400 years old) 
  • Santa Catarina: hot springs, onion fields, corn plantations, flower fields
  • Atitlan Nature Reserve
  • Antigua: original colonial Spanish capitol of Central America, numerous historical colonial church ruins,
  • All villages: traditional processions during Holy Week
  • Excursions to other Mayan villages and Mayan architectural ruins arranged by official partner SHARE
Joy's Story

Joy with Can-Rodrigues family and their new stoveWe arrived a 12" by 12" structure made from sheets of corrugated tin, the home of a small Guatemalan family, to install a wood stove. The purpose of our task was to provide not only a surface to cook on but also a ventilation system to move smoke outside of the home. Without it, this mother and her two young daughters would be at a much higher risk of respiratory diseases and burns. Supporting this family by providing needs as basic as cooked food and clean air was an eye-opening experience. Families throughout Guatemala suffer from preventable diseases that can often be reversed through simple education or the provision of basic resources. We laid the last brick and showed the family their new stove. The young mom looked at us with a smile and her phrase of thanks, "Que Dios bendiga a tu familia" "May God bless your family."