LEADER SPOTLIGHT: 

Malinda Peeples, RN, MS, CDE


Malinda serves as Vice President of Clinical Services, Programs and Research at Welldoc, where she oversees the clinical outreach program, grant and research activities and professional organization activities. Malinda is a diabetes educator, clinical and informatics nurse specialist who has presented at numerous conferences nationally and internationally and has been published in The Diabetes Educator, Journal of Diabetes Technology and Society, and other peer-reviewed publications.  Malinda also serves as Adjunct Assistant Faculty, Division of Healthcare Informatics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Welldoc, Malinda served as the President of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), an organization of multi-disciplinary professionals focused on improving diabetes care through education, management and support. Malinda has also provided diabetes education services and program management in private practices, community health organizations and integrated health systems.

Malinda received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte and earned her Master’s degree in nursing informatics

from the University of Maryland in

Baltimore. She also earned a

Master’s degree and completed a

postgraduate research fellowship

in health sciences informatics from

the Johns Hopkins University School

of Medicine in 2007.

You are invited to become part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience: a custom-designed introduction to diabetes education, nutrition and healthcare in Guatemala traveling October 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 Malinda Peeples and fellow colleagues and meet with dietitians, nurses and diabetes educators from a variety of facilities throughout your travels. Explore Guatemala’s healthcare system while you broaden your world view of chronic disease.  Develop an appreciation of Guatemala’s response to health challenges through a mutual exchange with representatives from local hospitals and clinics such as Charlie Gomez Medical Clinic, Hospitalito Atitlán, and Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children.

Hotel Atitlan

Good Hotel Antigua

Diabetes Education, Nutrition & Healthcare Journey to Guatemala,

led by Malinda Peeples

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Costs to obtain a passport


Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

 TRAVEL
International airfare (from designated US gateway city)


Airfare for domestic flight to gateway city


All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)


Accommodations in four to five star hotels


24/7 professional English speaking guide


Individual departure taxes (where applicable)


Fees for all services, most tips and taxes


Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details


Travel insurance


Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary


 CAREER ENRICHMENT PROFESSIONAL CONTENT
10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country


Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession


Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession


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Detailed Itinerary

Guatemala: Antigua, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala City | 10 days | October 7-16, 2019 | $5,299

Shared Room
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Every 4 weeks (x 3)$1,599.66 USD
Total $5,298.98 USD
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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 professional 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.


The morning is dedicated to providing nutritional information for the faculty at the local NDG schools. 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. 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. Spend time sharing your knowledge about nutrition, healthy diets for the kids and families, and answering questions for their team.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon.​


Late this afternoon, attend a presentation that will provide an overview of healthcare and nutrition in Guatemala. This will focus on common health issues, the healthcare system and access to it, health education, nutrition issues, diabetes, 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 Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children (Neustros Ahajados). This facility has helped countless children suffering from malnutrition or outright life-threatening starvation. Some are sent from other hospitals or are just brought in by struggling parents. Others are unfortunately abandoned on the doorstep. They provide a variety of services including long-term recovery care. Spend time with the staff discussing topics of mutual interest and learning more about their mission.


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 serving75,000 Maya living on the southern shore of Lake Atitlán. In the past six years, they have opened 20 diabetes detection centers, trained hundreds of healthcare workers in diabetes prevention and care and offered classroom diabetes education for 10,000 children in addition to creating culturally appropriate materials (videos, handouts, etc.) to educate these populations. Spend time with their staff discussing topics of mutual interest with a goal to broaden your world view of chronic disease experiences and challenges in another country from the perspectives of the healthcare system, the community, and the people with diabetes.


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 in on your own arrangement this evening
Meals: Breakfast,  Lunch

Overnight: Hotel Atitlan (or similar)


Day 08: Transfer to Guatemala City

Check out of your hotel and meet with representatives at the Charlie Gomez Medical Center. For many indigenous families, Mayan Families is their only access point to affordable and quality health care. The clinic provides preventive and primary health care, education, and follow-up to the families they work with in the community. Focus on learning about their work developing a diabetes program to combat the spread of this avoidable disease through education.


Guest program: This morning accompanying guests will enjoy a cultural and historic Tour of Santa Catarina Palopo. Santa Catarina Palopo is a Kaqchikel Mayan Village located nearby Panajachel.


This afternoon the group will head to Guatemala City. Depart around noon with a lunch stop at Hacienda Real Tecpan. Arrive early this evening 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 from the airport. The hotel has a variety of dining options plus a bar, fitness center, and 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.

Wrap up your professional exchange with discussions focused on developing relationships with diabetes clinicians (endocrinologists, primary care practitioners, and diabetes educators) to explore the provider and patient perspectives for best practices in diabetes care and education. Meet with a local clinician for a round table exchange to gain insight into common challenges and experiences to enhance your global perspective. A meeting will be requested with a representative from the Asociación Latinoamericana de Diabetes – ALAD (the Latin American Association for Diabetes) or similar.

Guest program: This afternoon accompanying guests will explore two of 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

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.​​