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Travel to Guatemala With Your Student

Study abroad can be one of the best experiences a student can have during college, but many parents ask, “Why can’t I study abroad, too?” As the parent of a U of M student, you can. Each year, the Minnesota Parents Association teams up with a nonprofit organization, Common Hope, to offer a service-learning trip to Guatemala for students and their parents. With a vision of improving the lives of Guatemalan families through education, this trip provides an opportunity for U of M parents and students to travel to Guatemala and work and learn together. 

During the week in Guatemala, the Parents Association Vision Team participates in a variety of activities based on the interests and skills of the team members, as well as the needs of the schools and communities. Opportunities can include building a house for a family, working in medical clinics or the pharmacy, leading activities in the schools, library, and daycare, and visiting families in their homes with a social worker. Team members not only help families in need, but also experience many aspects of Guatemalan culture hidden to tourists. 

The 2013 Parents Association team will travel to Guatemala over Spring Break, March 16-23, 2013. For more information about joining the 2013 team, or to see photos and read about the experiences of past team members, visit the Parent Program webpage.