Vanderbilt Initiatives in Guatemala

The Vanderbilt Initiatives in Guatemala include a number of inter-related health projects including:
- The Moore Center for Pediatric Surgery which provides much needed health care to disadvantaged children.
- The Manna Project which provides service learning opportunities for students and recent graduates
- Primeros Pasos which is a rural health clinic that serves as a base for service-learning trips, the Emphasis Program, and Project Pyramid. Primeros Pasos also works with the Vanderbilt School of Nursing, giving nursing students the opportunity to work with local midwives at the clinic.
- the VISAGE course which is a collaboration between Medicine, Health and Society and CLAS and brings students to Guatemala for the summer to work on various projects
- Mani + which is a collaborative project founded by Edward Fischer with support from the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health and the Shalom Foundation to combat childhood malnutrition

CLAS also offers the Maya Language Summer Institute for the Study of K'iche' and Kaqchikel Maya and works with the Institute for Coffee Studies and LAPOP. We also offer opportunities for undergraduates through Alternative Spring Break.

We also offer the Maya Language Summer Institute and opportunities through the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) and The Institute for Coffee Studies.  There are also opportunities for engineering students to work on medical equipment and for business school students to develop business models for projects in Guatemala through Project Pyramid.

Center for Latin American Studies [Email]

Guatemala City, Cancuen, Quetzaltengango, Antigua, and Nahuala, Guatemala

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Program Type

Research, Service or Mission Trips, Training or Education

Funding Type

Scholarships, Fellowships, Internships, Grants


Central and South America

Global Health Topics

Basic Sciences, Education, Emergency Medicine, Environmental Health, Ethics, General Medicine, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Public Health, Poverty, Surgery and Anesthesiolog


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 does not have a language requirement.