Guatemala: Occupational Therapy

*Please note:  The next time this program will run is Fall 2021. Details below are subject to change.

ZACAPPA , GUATEMALA - This program gives graduate occupational therapy students the opportunity to have an international and inter-professional fieldwork experience in Guatemala. The host program providing the Guatemala experience is Hearts in Motion (H.I.M.) which has been in existence for over 20 years. H.I.M. provides care and medical treatment to those in need from the U.S., Central, and South America. Students treat and consult on a wide variety of adult conditions such as CVA, traumatic head injury, arthritis, generalized pain and overuse injuries. Children are provided intervention including those with cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and autism. Students spend time in a variety of settings including clinics, schools, senior centers, a nutrition center and home visits. This is a unique opportunity for GVSU students to experience the culture of this country and the health care system of Guatemala in a personal way. 

Cultural Information

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Faculty-Led
GPA Requirement
0.0 Undergraduate
3.0 Graduate
English Language Requirement
Graduate

Program Dates and Application Deadline

Fall 2021

Program Dates: November 11, 2021 - November 21, 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Closed)

Spring/Summer 2021

Estimated Program Dates: July 2021 - July 2021
Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Closed)

Spring/Summer 2022

Program Dates: July 17, 2022 - July 26, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

(1.2 weeks)

Courses

Guatemala

Students will register for a total of 1 credit:  

OT 573: Level 1 Occupational Therapy Fieldwork — Part 3 (1 credit)

*This program does not fulfill the General Education Global Perspectives or General Education Issues requirements

Language of Instruction: English

Housing

Students will stay in a hotel.

 

Cost and Scholarships

Guatemala

2021 PROGRAM COST:

Program Fee: $2,925

Includes

  • Round-trip transportation from Grand Rapids
  • Accommodation
  • Field trips and fees
  • All ground transportation
  • Some meals

Other Expenses

  • GVSU tuition - 1 credit ($755)
  • Personal expenses ($200)
  • Passport fees ($150)
  • Additional meals ($100)
  • Insurance (28)

TOTAL PROJECTED COST (Program Fee + Other Expenses): $4,158

SCHOLARSHIPS/GRANTS:

Students may fund study abroad by using financial aid, scholarships, grants and personal funds. A study abroad adviser can help you create a funding plan.

FACULTY-LED PROGRAM GRANT (Up to $500): All degree-seeking students who apply to their faculty-led program by the priority deadline are automatically considered for a grant of up to $500 from the Padnos International Center. Students must have a current FAFSA on file to be eligible. No application required.

James F. and Virginia L. Goode Global Programs Scholarship: The purpose of the scholarship is to reduce the financial pressure on students and their families and make a Grand Valley education accessible to students from all backgrounds. This need-based scholarship will ensure that financial need does not become a barrier to intellectual and personal growth for students planning to study abroad. MyScholarships: https://gvsu.academicworks.com/opportunities/10186

Visit www.gvsu.edu/studyabroad/scholarships for additional information on grants and scholarships.

FINANCIAL AID:

To contact the Financial Aid office, email finaid@gvsu.edu with “Study Abroad” in the Subject line. Include your G Number and Total Projected Cost of the program in the e-mail. 

Non-GVSU Students: Non-GVSU students admitted for study abroad are not eligible for Financial Aid from GVSU. Check with your home school’s study abroad and financial aid offices for details on applying for financial aid from your home school toward study abroad program costs. 

Financial Aid FAQ

Eligibility

Open to graduate occupational therapy students. 

3.0 GPA required.

Non-GVSU students are not eligible for this program.

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Contact Information

Spring/Summer 2021
Carla Floyd-Slabaugh
Program Director
slabaugc@gvsu.edu
Kristin Willey
Program Director
willeykr@gvsu.edu
Fall 2021
Carla Floyd-Slabaugh
Program Director
slabaugc@gvsu.edu
Kristin Willey
Program Director
willeykr@gvsu.edu
Spring/Summer 2022
Carla Floyd-Slabaugh
Program Director
slabaugc@gvsu.edu
Kristin Willey
Program Director
willeykr@gvsu.edu

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