Primeros Pasos

Primeros Pasos is a not-for-profit primary care clinic that operates in the low-resource western highlands of Guatemala. The clinic, which is located in and supports the rural area surrouding Quetzaltenango city, has mobile projects focused on nutritional recuperation of children and mothers at high-risk of malnutrition and stunting outcomes, education of school age children on sanitary water and hygiene practices, and provides affordable diagnostic and clinical care for those populations, along with walk-ins to the clinic of all ages.

Volunteers are always needed to assist in building the capacity of the clinic's projects and processes; however, a volunteer's commitment is most often expected to be 4 weeks at minimum.

For more info:

Avery Dickins de Giron [Email]
Center for Latin American Studies

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala


Previous participant:

Caleb Hayes -

Program Type
  • Research
  • Service or mission trips
  • Training or education
Funding Type
  • N/A
  • Central and South America
Global Health Topics
  • Maternal and child health
  • Nutrition
  • Public health
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate students (non-clinical)
  • Medical students (MD)
  • Nursing students (MSN, DNP)
  • Post-doctoral students, residents, or trainees
  • Faculty members
Program Length
  • Flexible, depending on the individuals interests and needs
VU Affiliation
  • The program is affiliated with Vanderbilt.
  • The program has a language requirement.
  • Spanish