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Spending my summer in Guatemala was a rich, eye-opening experience. The foreign environment allowed me to challenge myself in new ways I hadn’t thought possible before.
The University of Virginia's Center for Global Health promotes health in resource-limited settings by fostering the commitment of students, faculty and partners from many disciplines to address the diseases of poverty.
We toured a number of coffee farms in Nicaragua as well as the coffee drying and roasting site for a co-operative of families living in the area. In addition to working at the site or being able to sell their farms' coffee beans to the co-operative, members are granted certain social privileges as part of their involvement in exchange for their participation in sustainable practices. Among these benefits is access to screenings and preventive care for cervical cancer and other diseases by medical brigades.