In August 2019, seven Physician Assistant students, two Occupational Therapy students, an occupational therapist, a physician assistant and three non-medical volunteers travelled to Zacapa, Guatemala for one week to offer healthcare education to five different communities surrounding Zacapa and Gualan. The students and volunteers worked hard throughout the week to identify medical needs in the area. The students participated in a weekly feed program run by Hearts in Motion, an international organization whose mission is to provide quality medical care and assist in the development of social programs to improve health, education and welfare of the people they serve in the US, and South and Central America.
The students and volunteers were able to participate in medical clinics, assisting with over 400 medical patients, read with children in daycare and visit the community dump, which was home to many families, to feed the children living there. The students were able to experience medical care in an area with limited resources, something that can be difficult to realize in the classroom.