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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Zacapa, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Spring Break, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: WSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement: 3 Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Only
Click here for a definition of this term Language Interest: Spanish Click here for a definition of this term Academic Focus: Health Sciences, Language and Culture, Part-time Internship/Service-Learning
Program Type: Faculty-led Additional Info/Reqs: Attendance at all Pre-Departure Meetings & Orientations is Mandatory
Program Description:


Hearts In Motion Medical Mission FINAL Application!

Note: This program has a pre-screening deadline of Oct. 15, 2019. Only selected applicants will have access to this final secondary application. You can apply for the pre-screening application using this link:


Guatemala- HIM Marketing I truly felt like our team was making a positive difference in these people’s lives...I have done service projects in the past, but never have I felt like I’ve made as significant an impact as when I served with Hearts in Motion. I attribute this not to my own merit...but to the combination of compassion and professional skill that effused from every facet of our team
- Jeff Ladderud

MANDATORY SESSION: Friday, Nov 15 in the Health Professions Student Center Atrium (CUE 5024-5:30pm!

This program provides an opportunity for students to work with the non-profi­t organization, Hearts in Motion, whose mission is to provide care and medical treatment for children, families, and communities through its programs and sponsorships in the U.S., and Central and South America.  This is a competitive program and includes a pre-screening phase. Selected students will be invited to complete the application. Though there are some scholarships available, the vast majority of students will have to cover their costs. Please, take that into consideration when you apply.

This particular mission includes several opportunities to help HIM in its goals, and students will be required to participate in all of them, without exception. In particular, the program has a high need of students with intermediate to advanced Spanish-proficiency levels to help translate for other volunteers, including surgeons, dentists, nurses and other health care providers. Non-Spanish speakers with an interest in pursuing health professions are also invited to apply, but a basic level of Spanish as well as their willingness to fully engage in all activities (even if they are not health-related) will greatly enhance their chance of being accepted.

Ongoing activities include Cleft Lip and Palate / Plastic surgeries; medical and dental clinics that take place in rural villages; construction projects in the HIM center; working with HIM's physical therapists; and working at the HIM orphanage, music program, and senior center.

The course component includes pre-departure activities geared towards preparing students by providing background information on the country and the particular challenges faced by people in the region. It will include an introduction to basic cultural and linguistic elements needed to interact in a culturally aware and sensitive manner. Written assignments include some self-reflection essays and the keeping of a journal during the trip. In addition, students will also be expected to help raise donations of toys, medicines, clothes, or other materials, and to help pack and transport these donations. There will be a debriefi­ng meeting after the program's completion.

WSU Sponsoring Unit: College of Arts & Sciences

External Partner: Hearts In Motion
Program Dates:
March 12-22, 2020 (participants arrange travel for March 12 and March 22)
Program Eligibility Requirements:
This program is limited to 37 participants.
  Applicants will be pre-screened using this application.  Those selected will have an additional application to complete.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.
    • Note: This program requires a higher GPA of 2.7
  • Be 18 years or older at the time of the program.
  • Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct.
  • Be a current WSU student (matriculating or non-degree seeking).
  • Program Specific Eligibility:
    • 2.7 GPA
    • For the majority of the students, the main criteria for selection is Spanish speaking proficiency at an intermediate or advanced level, as well as a cultural understanding of the people we will be serving.
    • For a limited number of non-Spanish proficient students, the main criteria will be an interest in pursuing a health profession, with interest/ experience in cross cultural practices. All students should be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to service.
Please Note: a minimum number of participants is needed for this program.


Cost Information

Total Program Cost Estimate: $468 fixed costs + $2,440 estimated costs = $2,908

Program costs are categorized as those billed by WSU (Fixed Expenses) and those not billed by WSU (Estimated Additional Expenses).  A breakdown of these costs can be found below. For payment due dates please scroll to the “Billing Schedule”.

Fixed Expenses Billed by WSU

Participation Expense* $240
WSU Tuition (None if within 10-18 credits) $0
Global Learning Application Fee $200
International Insurance Fee $28
     Total Paid to WSU $468

 *Participation Expense includes excursions, accommodation, and program related in-country travel.

Estimated Additional Expenses*

Personal Expenses       $200
International Airfare $900
Hearts in Motion Participation Expense $1,200
U.S. Passport** $140
Visa**  (Not required for U.S. Citizens) N/A
     Total Estimated Additional Expenses $2,440

*All additional costs are ESTIMATED and may vary. These costs are not billed by WSU and are the sole responsibility of the participant.
**Please see the “Destination” tab for additional passport and visa information.

Billing Schedule:

This billing schedule is for the Fixed Expenses billed by WSU & the HIM fee (payment made directly to HIM) only and does not include other Estimated Additional Expenses that are the responsibility of the participant.
Financially Responsible as of: November 1, 2019
Program Fee Date Billed Date Due
HIM Participation Expense 1st Payment $500 Pay directly to HIM by donating in your own name: Nov 15, 2019
WSU Participation Expense $168 Nov 12, 2019
Application Fee $200
International Insurance $28 ($2 per day, 14 day minimum)
HIM Participation Expense 2nd Payment $700 Pay directly to HIM by donating in your own name
Jan 13, 2020
WSU Tuition *None if within your 10-18 credit load.
Refund Policy: Participants are responsible for the Fixed Expenses of the program once they have committed to the program application and the application deadline has passed.

Financial Aid Disbursement Alert: Participants eligible for financial aid can use aid toward this program. Please note that per federal regulations, financial aid is released on the first day of the regular WSU semester, or ten days prior to the participant’s program start date, whichever is LATER. Program payment due dates may be before aid is released.  Participants must budget accordingly.




Guatemala- HIM Marketing 2

WSU Courses (Choose 1):  
  • ForL 300 (1 credit): Studies in Foreign Languages
  • Biol 492 (1 credit): Clinical Experience
Non-WSU Courses: N/A

Course Pre-requisites:
  • None
Grades and GPA:

All courses will calculate into student’s WSU cumulative GPA unless noted as a “Non-WSU Course”.

Non-WSU Courses:
  • Will not calculate into student’s cumulative WSU GPA, but will factor into Major and Minor GPAs.
  • Courses and grades will appear on zzusis/MyWSU and WSU transcript.
  • These have a non WSU transcript provided.   Participants should anticipate transcripts taking two to four months to arrive at WSU.



Faculty-led Orientations

All faculty-led participants are required to attend the orientation sessions listed below prior to departure.  Participants will be notified regarding the date and times for those orientations which are not noted as being online after the program has been officially confirmed.
  • Faculty-Led and Financial Planning: This is an online training that is a required application component that provides additional details on the application process, costs of the program, billing, financial aid, and other relevant information. This training is accessible once an application is started.
  • Global Learning Pre-Departure Orientation: There is an online session that participants will have access to in the final stages of their Global Learning application.  Additionally, there is an in person country specific component.
  • Faculty Directed Orientation: These take place over multiple sessions and will be planned by the program faculty director.


Destination Details

Site Descriptions

Guatemala- HIM Marketing 3 Located in Central America, Guatemala is a small country with a rich history and vibrant culture. The majority of the time this program will be in Zacapa, Guatemala, with a few days in Antigua, Guatemala. 
  • Language: Spanish is primarily spoken.
  • Currency: Quetzal (Compare to U.S. Dollars)
  • City Size: Zacapa is a moderately sized city with an estimated population of 36,088 according to the GeoNames geographical database.
  • Weather: Generally mild with cooler evenings, the average temperature in March is 75-82°F.
Accommodation Information
All participants stay in a hotel arranged by the program.  Participants will be placed in double or triple rooms, linens are provided.  Kitchen facilities are not available, however meals are included in the program fee. The hotel does offer free access to Wifi.

Passport & Visa Details

It is each participant’s responsibility to acquire a valid passport to travel internationally.
United States citizens can use the links below for information on how and where to apply for a United States passport:
Unless otherwise noted below, it is the responsibility of the participant to determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program based on their nationality, and to apply for any such visas.  Some visas may require a fee or that applicants travel to the nearest Consulate or Embassy to apply in person.

United States citizens can use the link below to determine if a visa is required for the destination and how to acquire the necessary visa. 
  • United States Department of State
  • Guatemala does not currently require an entry visa for U.S. citizens (as of 2019).
    • Please Note: Information presented here may change, regardless of what is stated here YOU are responsible for ensuring you have any required visa and for any visa costs.
Non-United States citizens are required to meet with the Global Services Department for United States entry and exit requirements.  Check visa requirements for your host country/countries based on your country of citizenship.



How to Apply

Note: This program has a pre-screening deadline of Oct. 15, 2019. Only selected applicants will have access to this final secondary application. You can apply for the pre-screening application using this link:

Before the FINAL Deadline:
  • The final deadline is Nov 1, 2019.
  1.  Complete application materials:
  • Signature Documents
  • Questionnaires
  • Material Submissions (Electronic and/or Physical)
  • Online Trainings
  • In-Person Meetings (if applicable)
Please Note: Items which say “NOT Required by Deadline” can be submitted after the deadline but are due before you depart to go abroad.
  1. Once all materials have been completed, your application will be moved to "Accepted."
  • “Accepted”: your application has met all Global Learning and program specific requirements and you have been accepted to the program.  You will now be requested to complete a secondary applicaton for this program called the "final" application.  Your participation is conditional on whether or not you complete the application and commit by the deadline.
  1. Commit to the program: You will see a box appear asking you to “Commit” or “Decline” your participation on the program. 
  • If you click “Commit”: you have committed to participate in your program and accept all responsibilities associated with commitment.
  • If you click “Decline”: your application will be withdrawn.
After the Deadline:
  1. After you commit and are in "Committed phase", complete:
  • Required orientations (see “Orientation” tab for more information)
  • Remaining or new applications items (questionnaires or material items) which were not due before the deadline.
  • Any requested material items specific to your program.
  1. Prepare to Depart!
  • Apply for a visa (if required)
  • Buy airfare (if not included in your program)
  • Start packing!


How to Fund Your Program

Financial Planning: Know Your Budget!
  1. Review the costs and payment due dates of this program carefully
  2. Financial Aid recipients should speak with Student Financial Services
  3. Review your Faculty-Led and Financial Planning (FLFP) training (see orientations tab)
  4. Discuss fees and expenses with any financial contributors (i.e. spouse, parents, guardians)
  5. Know what funds you have to spend before and during the program
  6. Create your budget
  7. Explore additional financing (scholarships, funding sources, etc.)
Explore Scholarships: Community Resources:
Consider asking your home or college community groups and organizations about additional funding resources. Groups may include:
  • Rotary International, Kiwanis, Sorority or Fraternity or Religious Organizations
  • Private Businesses
  • Online Fundraising


Contact Information

Faculty Director:
Ana Maria Rodriguez-Vivaldi

Guatemala- HIM Marketing 4(509) 335-6877

Faculty Co-Director:
Kathy Beerman
(509) 335-5011

Global Learning Department:
(509) 335-6204

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.