• Medical & Dental Spanish

• International Medicine

• Art of Medicine
It has been an incredible
adventure! The knowledge
and perspective we have

gained will undoubtedly
make us better physicians

and people. We admire
and appreciate
all that you
do for the world. Please
let us know if we can help

you and your cause in any
way. – KC & LC

. . . the best rotation
that I have ever had the
pleasure to be a part of
during my medical career.

This program is an
amazing opportunity for
everyone involved.
Everyone benefits. You
have sacrificed so much
to bring high-quality
medical care and
important training
opportunities to two very
different groups of
people. The result is
nothing short of amazing.
– SM

I am coming home with
lots of new Spanish words
in mind, a new perspective

on the world, the work I
do, my patients, and,
I have to say, myself as
well. – MK

I am so grateful for my
experiences here in
Santa Cruz. Thank you
so much for your patience
and willingness to take
time and energy out of
your day to teach. – HK

I really admire what
you've done here, and I
hope it continues to grow
and develop. So, thanks for
everything and being a
superstar. – LB

I wanted to thank you,
again, for the amazing
month that I had in
Guatemala. It feels like so
long ago that I showed up
with no knowledge of
Spanish or understanding
of what I was about to
participate in. And yet the
month also went by so fast,
I didn't want it to end. I
learned so much, not only
Spanish, but also about
international medicine, the
unique culture of people
and the need for medical
attention at Lake Atitlan.
Words cannot describe the
amazing experiences that I
had in Guatemala. It has
definitely inspired me.
– CC

I hope all is well in Santa
Cruz, I miss it dearly!
Thanks again. – FM

Mayan Medical Aid's educational
programs are without equal. They do
what no other programs can. They
combine clinical experience with both
lectures and the chance to provide
medical care to 14,000 truly needy,
indigenous Guatemalans.

In this sense, the program is a win-win situation for all
involved: participants learn Spanish and cultural skills and our
patients receive care otherwise not available to them. And what
is best, participation in the program is guaranteed to change
one's personal and professional life - for the better and forever.

We offer scholarships in the form of matching grants for
participants who spend between two and
eight weeks taking
this elective in Santa Cruz La Laguna, Lake Atitlán, Guatemala.

Courses start every Monday.

Space is limited to Groups of 6 participants.

Becoming an Excellent Medical Practitioner:

Understanding the science of medicine is a necessity, but it

is not sufficient. Compassion and seeing the world through

the patient's perspective is the greatest skill we as health
practitioners can possess.

Yet acquiring that cultural skill requires the practice, repetition,

and expert teaching for which Mayan Medical Aid is known
and appreciated. As such, the courses combine lectures,
clinical work, home visits, and Spanish and cultural immersion.

What you gain is an unmatched learning experience. What you become is a better provider of health care.

Elective Description:

This highly effective course provides an experience combining
the best of four worlds:

cultural immersion

high-quality didactic teaching

clinical opportunity, and

Spanish language instruction

The base of operations is Lake Atitlán, Guatemala, where we
serve approximately 14,000 indigenous and poverty-stricken
inhabitants on the North shore of the magnificently beautiful
Lake Atitlán.

The daily schedule allows time for lectures, clinical practice,
medical and dental health promotion, and recreation.

Program Topics / Objectives:

Becoming more proficient at actually speaking Spanish

Fostering compassionate patient relationships

Treating patients of different cultures

Acquiring practical diagnostic and treatment expertise

Alleviating pain and suffering effectively

Making the interests of patients of paramount importance

Viewing oneself in the patient’s situation

Inspiring patient confidence

Scholarship Rules:

The scholarships are granted on a first-come, first-served
basis to students having or having had financial need.

Payment of the student portion of the fees confirms
the student's place in the elective and the granting of the

Scholarship Eligibility:

Medical Students: 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd-, or 4th-year

Dental Students: 1st-, 2nd-, 3rd-, or 4th-year

Nursing Students:
any year

Other Health Care Students:
any year

Pre-Medical Students:
1st-, 2nd-, 3rd-, or 4th-year

Scholarship Requirements:

Complete the application: Online Application Page

Make the Matching Payment: Matching Donation Page

Donation Structure:

The donation can be made by clicking one of the Student

Donation links below.

of Program:
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
6 weeks
7 weeks
8 weeks

Included in the Above Donation:

Innovative Teaching

Medical Spanish Educational Resources (four texts)

NOT Included in the Above Donation:

approx. $50-80 per week

approx. $70-100 per week

Airfare to and from Guatemala City:


Craig A. Sinkinson, M.D.
President, Mayan Medical Aid
011-502-5525-6603 (Guatemala)
Fax (toll free): 866-606-2535

Further Information:

Frequently Asked Questions

Travel Tips

To Apply:

Complete the application:
Online Application Page

To Make the Donation:

Click Here:
Matching Donation Page

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