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  • Locations: Antigua, Guatemala
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: Faculty Led
Program Sponsorship Indicator: SIUE Instructor: Griffin, Valerie
Program Description:


Antigua Guatemala
This global mission project enables students to participate in a diverse clinical practicum experience in Guatemala with clinical preceptors.

About Guatemala:
The Maya civilization flourished in Guatemala and surrounding regions during the first millennium A.D. After almost three centuries as a Spanish colony, Guatemala won its independence in 1821. During the second half of the 20th century, it experienced a variety of military and civilian governments, as well as a 36-year guerrilla war. In 1996, the government signed a peace agreement formally ending the internal conflict, which had left more than 200,000 people dead and had created, by some estimates, about 1 million refugees.

Guatemala today is a predominantly poor country that struggles in several areas of health and development, including infant, child, and maternal mortality, malnutrition, literacy, and contraceptive awareness and use. The country's large indigenous population is disproportionately affected. Guatemala is the most populous country in Central America and has the highest fertility rate and the highest population growth rate in Latin America, which is likely to continue because of its large reproductive-age population and high birth rate. Almost half of Guatemala's population is under age 19, making it the youngest population in Latin America. Guatemala's total fertility rate has slowly declined during the last few decades due in part to limited government-funded health programs. However, the birth rate is still more than three children per woman and is markedly higher among its rural and indigenous populations.


Academic Content

NURS 677 Advance Practicum and Role Synthesis 3 credit hours

Students taking this class for credit will pay the current SIUE tuition rate, approximately $835 for 3 credits.


Prices and Payments

$3,000 Approximately

The program fee includes:

  • Air Ticket
  • Lodging
  • Some Meals
  • Ground Transportation
  • Health and Evacuation Insurance

The Program Fee does not include:

  • SIUE tuition
  • Most Meals
  • Books and Materials
  • Passport
  • SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
  • SIUE Technology Fee (about $45)
  • Personal Expenses

Payment Schedule:

  • $1,000 deposit payment will be due on March 30 or upon Acceptance if later
  • $1,100 due on May 30
  • $1,000 due July 30
Payments are made online through your study abroad application.


Contact Information

Valerie GriffinValerie Griffin, DNP, PPCNP-BC, FNP-BC, RN, Assistant Clinical Professor
Family Health and Community Health Nursing
Campus Box 1066
Alumni Hall 3327
(618) 650-3392

Bernadette Sobczak

Bernadette Sobczak,  RN,. MSN, CPNP-PC, Instructor
Family Health and Community Nursing
Alumni Hall 2117
(618) 650-3956


Program Itinerary

October 3, 2017 Depart St. Louis Antigua, Guatemala
October 4 Administration day to organize supplies
October 5, 6, 7 Clinic Days
October 8 Day of rest and sightseeing
October 9, 10, 11 Clinic Days
October 12 Return to St. Louis from Antigua Guatemala
This itinerary is subject to change. Final itinerary information will be provided to participants by the program leader.



Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 


Dates / Deadlines:

This program is no longer accepting applications.