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Elective Rotation: Spanish Immersion in Guatemala

Contact: Brandon Cortez

Location: Xela, Gutemala

I spent two weeks at Pop Wuj, a Spanish language immersion program that provides one-on-one lessons in conversational Spanish and maintains several outreach projects in the community. I enrolled in the Medical Spanish Program and as a part of this cohort I completed cultural competency courses, volunteered at the “Safe Stoves” project in the outskirts of Xela, and worked at the Pop Wuj Free Clinic, located below the language school. I really enjoyed the clinical experiences and was able to improve my confidence in conversational Spanish as well. After returning to Santa Rosa, I completed a two-week selective that included several afternoons of online independent Spanish study, several half-day clinics at Roseland Pediatrics, and worked on developing curriculum for the Bayer Farm Summer Lunch Program.


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