Students to Volunteer at Clinic in Mexico During New International Service Learning Program

Humboldt students participate in service learning in Oaxaca.
Previous International Service Learning trips brought Humboldt Students to Oaxaca.
Cal Poly Humboldt students, along with faculty and staff, will travel to Guanajuato, Mexico, from Jan. 10-21, 2024, as part of the University’s newest International Service Learning Program.

There, they will spend 10 days learning about local culture and history and working at Centro de Rehabilitación Integral de San Miguel de Allende (CRISMA), a rehabilitation clinic in San Miguel de Allende.

CRISMA offers physical, speech, and occupational therapy and psychological services to patients and their families. It was established by Vamos Mexico, a nonprofit organization founded by Marta Sahagún and her husband, former Mexican President Vincente Fox.

Students will observe medical professionals at CRISMA and assist with tasks such as helping patients with exercises. They will also spend a few days traveling and exploring Guanajuato, including cultural tours and a visit to the University of Guanajuato.

The program is open to all Humboldt students, and there is no language requirement. Students from majors including Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, and Kinesiology are especially encouraged to participate.

Before embarking on the trip, students will participate in a Service Learning course. The course prepares students on topics such as Service Learning pedagogy, Mexican/Guanajuato history, team building, rehabilitation therapies offered at the clinic, and more.

The program, led by the Department of World Languages & Cultures, is the newest International Service Learning Program at Cal Poly Humboldt. WLC also offers International Service Learning Programs in the Philippines, and opportunities to study abroad in Senegal, Spain, and France. 

“International Service Learning opportunities are a great way for students to learn about careers, other cultures, and themselves,” says Matthew Dean, World Languages & Cultures department chair and professor. “As they broaden their horizons, they are better equipped to be informed global citizens.”