Guatemala Solidarity Trip, May 15 to 29, 2024

Open Opportunity


Learn about the people of Guatemala and how we will work in solidarity with disadvantaged women and children in indigenous villages. Consider the United National Sustainable Develop goals and how we work together towards those. 

Edwin Mendoza and Darlene Jasso, former UIW students have started  Join them in an area where 69% of the children are malnourished. Nutrition, health, and literacy will be promoted.  See our 2023 trip projects, See our promo film  and other things on the Little Angels of Mary YouTube Channel

Read a little about the UIW 2023 trip   Possibilities of Nutrition, Community Health, or Religious Studies Independent Studies for academic credit. 

The Noble Peace Prize winner from Guatemala, Rigoberta Menchu spoke at UIW  making us more aware of the importance of working in solidarity. For information, see

Travelers are required to participate in gatherings during the Spring semester to learn of Guatemala. The trip includes: Orientation to local realities of Guatemala and learning about Mayan history and culture. Visiting the Mayan ruins of Kaminaljuyú (archeological site). Establishing relationships with the indigenous people in the villages of Tecpán and Santa Apolonia, about two hours from Guatemala City; working in solidarity with them doing service projects with the Preschool Program, building vegetable gardens and supporting the nutrition program. 

Visiting Panajachel and surrounding indigenous villages of Lake Atitlán, which is about an hour from Santa Apolonia. Visit Antigua Guatemala, a World Heritage City, see museums, churches, and cultural sites. Close the two weeks doing reflections, integration, and documentation of learnings. 

Sr. Martha Ann Kirk, Religious Studies, Dr. Beth Senne-Duff, Nutrition, and Dr. Erlinda Lopez-Rodriguez will lead the tour with our local hosts Edwin Mendoza of Guatemala and Darlene Jasso, a UIW Com Arts graduate.

Students are encouraged to invite groups, churches, family, and friends to support their trip as a way of helping those precious children and their families.  

Completely participating in service and in learning for this trip can fulfill most of the 45 hours of service required for graduation at UIW.  We are grateful to our circle of friends: Little Angels of Mary ttps://, UIW Nutrition Department, CHASS, and Community Health, and UIW Lewis Center of the Americas 

Possibly students can get Religioius Studies academic credit. Contact:

Feel free to ask questions: Sr. Martha Ann  (210-883-5934), Dr. Senne-Duff  and Dr. Erlinda Lopez-Rodriguez


Opens Sep 19, 2023 1:00am
Registration Closes
May 31, 2024 12:00pm or when space runs out.
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