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Guatemala: Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City | 10 days | November 4-13, 2019 | $5,299

Nursing Journey to Guatemala, led by Dr. Bobbie Berkowitz

Dr. Bobbie Berkowitz
Bobbie Berkowitz is Dean Emerita and Professor of Nursing, Columbia University. She holds the title of Professor Emerita at the University of Washington where she was the Alumni Endowed Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. She also served as a Consulting Professor with Duke University and the University of California at Davis.  Dr. Berkowitz directed the NIH/NINR funded Center for the Advancement of Health Disparities Research and the National Program Office for the RWJF funded Turning Point Initiative. She joined the faculty at the University of Washington after having served as Deputy Secretary for the Washington State Department of Health and Chief of Nursing Services for the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health. 

Dr. Berkowitz has been a member of the Washington State Board of Health, the Washington Health Care Commission, and chaired the Board of Trustees of Group Health Cooperative. She currently serves on the boards of the American Academy of Nursing, Public Health Foundation and the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She serves on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, and as Associate Editor of Nursing Outlook. Dr. Berkowitz is an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and elected member of

the Institute of Medicine. 

She holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Case Western

Reserve University and Master of

Nursing and Bachelor of Science

in Nursing from the University

of Washington. Her areas of

expertise and research include

public health systems and health


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8 to 10 Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours are being sought for this journey.

** Nanda Journeys and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing are collaborating to provide this educational activity.  A maximum of ten (10) hours of continuing nursing education contact hours will be awarded for this journey for nurse participants completing all requirements. The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) (PO229). **

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​​​​​​​​​​​Day 01: Depart today from Miami
Depart from Miami International Airport and make your way to Antigua, Guatemala. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit! Guatemala is south of Mexico and home to volcanoes, rainforests and ancient Mayan sites.

Upon arrival at La Aurora International Airport, the group will be met and transferred to your Antigua hotel (about an hour away).

All travelers will gather this evening with your national guide for an orientation and welcome briefing.

The Good Hotel is a former private mansion and a small boutique hotel infused with minimalistic design and local touches. Chosen for its wonderful location and relaxed and friendly environment, but more importantly for the unique and important role it plays in giving back to the local community of Antigua. All profits from the hotel go directly to funding three local schools that have been established to educate over 500 children in under served communities in Guatemala.

Rooms feature traditional washing sinks, private patios and open-air showers. All rooms surround the inner garden and have a small writing desk, safe, coffee and tea amenities, luxurious towels, rain and hand-held shower, as well as organic bathroom amenities made locally.

Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening at the hotel.

Overnight:  The Good Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 02: Welcome to Antigua!
Begin your exploration with an Antigua historic & cultural walking tour. Explore Antigua with your national guide to learn about the city’s history as well as daily life of the local people. You will visit Cerro de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross) for a fabulous panoramic view of the city this morning as well as a chance to explore some of Antigua’s most emblematic churches, monuments and buildings. Time permitting, visit a handicraft or other local market or two.

Stop for lunch at San Martin Bakery & Restaurant.

This afternoon the group will take part in a coffee and catación workshop. Guatemala has some of the best coffee in the world and you simply cannot leave Antigua without trying some. Learn how coffee is produced from farmer to cup, taste their specialty coffee, and be introduced to unique brew methods. Impact Coffee is 100% Arabica, single-origin, single-estate hard-bean coffee rated 82 or greater by SCA.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense).

Overnight:  Good Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 03: Professional Exchange and Volunteer Day

Begin your nursing program while giving back in partnership with Niños de Guatemala (NDG), a Dutch-Guatemalan NGO that provides education to underprivileged children who would otherwise not have access to it in order to empower them, their families, and communities to break the cycle of poverty. NDG founded and operates two primary schools and one secondary school for approximately 500 students in the communities of Ciudad Vieja and San Lorenzo el Cubo in Guatemala.

Start the morning with a tour of the project and an overview of their well-being and nutrition initiatives and a chance to meet with some of the onsite staff you will be collaborating with today. The remainder of the morning will be dedicated to volunteering at the local NDG schools providing medical exams for the students including routine checks for weight, height, vision, breathing, blood pressure and overall well-being.  All children in NDG’s schools receive a daily nutritionally balanced snack, access to routine medical and dental care, instruction on proper health and hygiene, and access to on-site social work and psychology staff.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.​

Late this afternoon, attend a presentation that will provide an overview of healthcare in Guatemala. This will focus on common health issues, the healthcare system and access to it, health education, the role of NGOs, and more. Pending availability, the NDG staff will also attend the session with their onsite social worker and psychology team who oversee the local school program. Learn more about their local programs like Crianza con Cariño which is a nine-week course for the parents focused on parenting tips and providing much needed resources to the families.

Guest program: Today accompanying guest will spend the morning and early afternoon taking part in a gastronomy workshop and cooking class. Begin this morning with a visit to a local market to learn about and buy the local ingredients you will need for your class. Enjoy some time with your chef as you explore the market and learn about the local ingredients. Make your way onward to the classroom where you will learn to make some local dishes from your chef. You will enjoy your dishes for lunch today before heading back to the hotel this afternoon where you will have some free time to relax.

Dinner is by individual arrangement today.​
Overnight:  Good Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 04: Professional Meetings & Local Workshop
Begin your professional program today with a visit to the Hospital Privado Hermano Pedro. Their facility serves many of Antigua’s residents as well as its visitors and offers 24-hour emergency services, medical testing, and routing health services. Spend time with their nursing staff discussing topics of mutual interest.

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will have the morning free to explore around the hotel before joining the group for lunch and the afternoon workshop.

Lunch will be provided at Restaurant El Arco.

This afternoon the group will visit the community of San Lorenzo el Cubo and meet with a family in their home where you learn about the art of making Guatemalan worry dolls and how this industry is the main income generating source for 80% of mothers at NDG schools in the San Lorenzo el Cubo community. Make your own traditional worry doll and learn more about the legends, origins, and why worry dolls have slept under many pillows and taken away countless worries. 

Worry Doll Folklore - worry dolls (called muñecas quitapenas in Spanish) are small, hand-made dolls originating from Guatemala. According to Mayan legend, there once was a Mayan princess whose name was Ixmucane and she had the special ability to solve any problem. With the magical powers of Ixmucane in mind, Guatemalan families started to use fabrics and little twigs to make colorful dolls. They began to tell the dolls their problems, placing them under their pillows at night, and discovered that the next day most of their worries had disappeared!

Later in the afternoon, continue your explorations of the village including a visit to a local furniture/carpentry workshop and Niños de Guatemala’s El Porvenir School.

Return to the hotel to get ready for dinner. Put on your dancing shoes! Dinner will be provided at Guatik followed by a Salsa Lesson at Cambio NDG.
Overnight: Good Hotel (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Cultural Exploration
Check out of your hotel and settle your incidentals. After breakfast, head to Lake Atitlán.
In route you will explore the Mayan ruins of Iximche. This is a must see archeological and historic site which dating back to 1524. Your guide will share information on the significance of the site as you learn about the Mayan history of the region before, during and after the Spanish invasion.

Stop for a very special lunch at Fundacion Waybi. They inspire lives, making dreams come true by improving the autonomy and independence of people with disabilities.

This afternoon travel to the authentic and picturesque village of San Antonio Palopó for a ceramics workshop. This town is world-renowned for its colorful white and blue ceramics you’ll see throughout the journey. You’ll meet local artisans, learn about ceramics production, and participate by painting your own ceramic item! You may also purchase more pieces from their local store to support the family business.

Continue onward to check into your local hotel.

Hotel Atitlán is a Spanish-Colonial style inn on the shores of the Lake Atitlán. Surrounded by botanical gardens, their property is one of the finest and most charming boutique hotels in Guatemala. Located just ten minutes from the main town of Panajachel, they are built on what was once the estate of a former family-owned coffee plantation. An infinity pool gazes onto Lake Atitlán and the majestic Atitlán, Toliman and San Pedro volcanoes in the distance.

Dinner is on your own arrangement.
Overnight:Hotel Atitlan (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch

​​Day 06: Cultural Exploration
Depart early this morning for a sunrise hike up Indian Nose. At the top, enjoy unmatched views of Lake Atitlán, the nearby volcanoes and surrounding landscape.

San Juan La Laguna is considered one of the more traditional villages around the lake and is off-the-beaten track from most tourist destinations. Thanks to the friendly locals and colorful buildings, you’ll get a glimpse of the real Mayan community.

You will first visit a local women weavers’ textile cooperative to learn about and participate in the process of ancestral weaving and see how different plants are used to dye the fabric with natural colors. Here you will enjoy a traditional local lunch.

Following your meal, you will visit an art gallery, where you’ll see the beautiful artworks and learn about the techniques that were used to create them. The final stop in San Juan is another community cooperative producing medicinal plants and herbal products. Here you will learn about traditional Mayan healing and how to make organic shampoo, creams, and tea.

Next head to Santiago Atitlán, another traditional village - the capital of the Tz’utujil Maya and the largest of the lake communities. Search for the house where the Mayan God Maximon is living, as his location changes every year when a new cofradía or brotherhood has the privilege of taking care of him. After you find Maximón, you may see local shaman performing rituals for the Mayans.

Enjoy dinner with community members at the cooperative.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Atitlan (or similar)

Day 07: Morning Professional Exchange & Afternoon Lake Cruise
After breakfast, professional members of the group will meet with staff at Hospitalito Atitlán. They are a small private nonprofit hospital serving 75,000 Maya living on the southern shore of Lake Atitlán. The hospital provides a full-range of preventive and clinical health services with an emphasis on women and children and has the only 24/7 emergency and surgical obstetrical care within a two-hour radius. Many of the Hospitalito’s patients cannot afford care. In 2017, the hospital provided over $178,000 USD in free and discounted medical care in the hospital and in community outreach clinics.

Guest program: Today accompanying guests will have the morning free. You might opt to enjoy a relaxing stroll amidst exotic plants and flowers from both Guatemala and around the world – including roses, orchids, bougainvillea and azaleas. Or you might opt to utilize the hotel pool and jacuzzi, head to the lakefront beach or woodland paths or visit their onsite gift shop with Guatemalan gifts and handicrafts unavailable anywhere else in the country. The shop’s specialty is clothing made with top quality imported yarn, and you will also find a variety of books, ceramics, woodcarvings and jewelry crafted by local artisans.

The group will enjoy a lunch cruise on Lake Atitlán. This magnificent lake is surrounded by Tolimán, Atitlán and San Pedro volcanoes as well as 10 Mayan villages full of color and craftsmanship. The boat has two floors, the top with an unobstructed panoramic view for your pleasure.

Dinner will be provided at the hotel this evening
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner

Overnight: Hotel Atitlan (or similar)

Day 08: Transfer to Guatemala City

Check out of your hotel and head to Guatemala City this morning. Depart around 7:00 AM with a lunch stop in Saul Bistro Zona 10 in Casa Saul in route.

Upon arrival professional members of the group will meet with representatives at the University de San Carlos, the largest and oldest university in Guatemala. Today they have 36 academic units including 10 faculties and 11 schools. Visit the nursing faculty for an overview of nursing education in Guatemala and a chance to talk to their nursing staff.

Guest program: This afternoon accompanying guests will explore two Guatemala’s museums of significant cultural importance: Museo Ixchel and Museo Popol Vuh. Museo Ixchel is Guatemala’s Museum of Indigenous Textiles and Clothing where you will see the collection of ceramics, textiles, and jewelry and learn about Guatemalan traditions of dress throughout the country. Museo Popol Vuh is home to one of the largest collections of Mayan art in the world. Here you will see and learn about Mayan art, archaeology, and colonial treasures.

​Head to the hotel later this afternoon for check in and time to relax before dinner. The InterContinental Hotel is in the dynamic Zona Viva at the heart of Guatemala’s entertainment and business district. It is just 4 miles away from the airport. The hotel has a variety of dining options plus a bar, a fitness center as well as a spa.

Dinner will be provided at Kacao Restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: InterContinental (or similar)

Day 09: Cultural Exploration & Afternoon Meeting

After breakfast head out to explore the historical center of the city with your national guide. Visit the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura, one of the most important buildings in Guatemala. Constructed in the early 1940’s and once home to former President Jorge Ubico, the palace features impressive architecture, monuments, and historic murals. Next make your way to Guatemala City’s historic center to see the Plaza Mayor (main plaza), the Metropolitan Cathedral, and Centennial Park.

Lunch will be provided at a local restaurant.

Professionals will visit Fundacion Moore for a talk and walking tour through the Moore Pediatric Surgical Center. Teams of volunteers and medical missions collaborate with renowned local medical specialists to provide health, hope and healing to local children and their families. Located in the Historic Center of Guatemala City, the hospital has three operating rooms, 20 post-operative care beds, and all the services of a first level pediatric hospital.

Guest program: This afternoon accompanying guests will explore the Cayalá Ecological and Sports Park. Cayala Park has 34 acres mostly characterized by a natural forest where many species live such as birds, butterflies, rabbits, squirrels and others as well as an exquisite variety of flora. It is often used by the local students to explore this “natural laboratory” to learn about topics relevant to ecology, the environment and issues that affect humans such as global warming.

Say goodbye as you reflect and share memories over a farewell dinner at Restaurant Saul.
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch, Dinner
OvernightInterContinental (or similar)

Day 09: Time to say goodbye

​Head to the La Aurora International Airport for check in for your flight home. Depending on the flight time, lunch is by individual arrangement.

​​Meals: Breakfast

Professional Participants - As this Nanda Journey is focused primarily on professional development, costs associated with your participation on the program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. Consult with a tax professional to determine eligibility.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​

You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed introduction to healthcare and nursing in Guatemala traveling November 2019. You'll be immersed in local life in Guatemala and participate in many hands-on activities including a Worry Doll workshop, ceramic workshop, school visit, village visits and most importantly volunteering in a local community to support the health and well-being of local schoolchildren. Join Dr. Bobbie Berkowitz and fellow colleagues to develop an appreciation of Guatemala's response to health challenges through a mutual exchange with representatives of Guatemala's nursing practice and medical education system. Hosts may include Ninos de Guatemala; visits to a local nursing school, such as University de San Carlos, to speak with students and instructors; and nurses and other medical providers from local hospitals and clinics in city and rural environments. 

8.0-10 Continuing Nursing Education contact hours will be awarded for this journey.

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