Sneh Akruvala, Jessica Rae Bodzio


This paper focuses on the experiences of an international student participating in an interprofessional medical mission in Guatemala. The main purpose of this paper is to share the experiences and critical reflections of the author with the hope of inspiring other international students to consider participating in a similar service learning experience. The author used the Content Analysis approach to analyze personal reflections on the various events experienced throughout the trip. The five themes, desire for the trip, culture, practical experiences, reflections and relationships, are explored and elaborated in this paper. Although these emerged themes are based on the author’s personal experiences and reflections, they may be generalized to other international students.


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