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Travel to Guatemala with Your Student

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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, parents, and family members. With a vision of improving the lives of Guatemalan families through education, health care, housing, and family development programming, Common Hope provides the opportunity for our U of M parent-student team to travel to Guatemala and work towards this mission.

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. Vision Teams not only help families in need, but also experience many aspects of Guatemalan culture hidden to tourists.

The 2014 Vision Team will travel to Guatemala over Spring Break (March 15-22, 2014). For more information about joining the 2014 Vision Team, or to see photos and read about the experiences of past team members, visit the Parent Program webpage

Common Hope Supply Drive

What we need: Education and office supplies (children’s books in Spanish; pencils; crayons; glue sticks; binders; etc). Visit Common Hope website  for suggested donations.

Bring supplies to: Parents Weekend check-in or Appleby Hall 109.

You can help: Join a marketing committee to provide advice and strategies on promoting the drive; help collect and sort donated items during Parents Weekend.

For more information: Contact Chelsea to learn more about the supply drive or about joining the Parents Association Vision Team at cpetree@umn.edu or 612-626-8770.