Primary Care Practicum in Guatemala

People at Guatemalan Market

School of Nursing faculty will lead a primary care practicum in Antigua and San Martin, Guatemala. Students who participate in this practicum will receive 30 clinical hours credited toward the course they are enrolled in Spring 2020. These courses are as follows: FNP N7505 & N7507, ANP/GNP N7505 & N7406, PNP N6921 & N7925, WHNP N6926 and N7310. The course is limited to 16 students. Interested Student Applications are due by September 30, 2019. Specialty Coordinator permission is required to be considered eligible.

Course description

Seven-day, health-focused, global immersion course set in urban and rural village locations in and around the historic city of Antigua, Guatemala. The one-week global experience will include observational and interactional experiences aimed at gaining an understanding of the socio-cultural factors affecting the health and well-being of urban and rural Guatemalans through collaborative activities with local communities. Students will be encouraged to reflect on experiences and compare and contrast with their own lived experience in the United States. Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Learning about cervical cancer rates and screening in Guatemala based on WHO recommendations
  • Discussing health care delivery systems and challenges in Guatemala
  • Analyzing the current political system in Guatemala and its impact on health care delivery
  • Exploring the socio-cultural determinants of health in Guatemala
  • Learning about issues in global health
  • Visiting with health care providers in Guatemala
  • Participating in home care visits with community health workers and Nursing Heart Inc. staff in rural Guatemala.

The practicum includes 1-2 pre-trip campus meetings, 2 days of travel time, 8 days and 7 nights in Guatemala.

Estimated cost per student

$1100.00 which includes all lodging with shared rooms, all meals except one, transportation, lectures, and translators. Other costs include airfare (current pricing varies $830-1300), remaining meals, and International Travel insurance ($17.50, required by UMN) and the administrative fee ($477).

School of Nursing faculty

Mary Benbenek, PhD, APRN FNP-BC, trip coordinator

Cheri Friedrich, DNP, APRN, CNP, co-leader

Student eligibility

Students must be in good academic standing, have permission documented from their program Specialty Coordinator and a US passport valid for at least six months beyond the end date of travel. Dress and conduct code will comply with UMN & SON Student Handbook and host country standards.

To apply

Email the completed application form to Mary Benbenek (