Through expert lectures, weekend field trips, afternoon activities, films and group discussions, Somos Hermanos enables participants to gain a deeper, comprehensive understanding of cultural, social, political and health care issues. Some of our activities include:

*Relaxing in a hammock during an overnight trip to a mountain eco-lodge overlooking Antigua

*Salsa lessons

*Exploring sacred Mayan ceremonial grounds at the caldera of Chicabal

*Playing in the waves and enjoying some sun at the beach on the pacific coast

*Enjoying the view after a challenging hike up Tajumulco, Central America’s tallest volcano

*Group reflections & discussions

*Exploring indigenous communities around the shores of Lake Atitlan

*Getting lost in a maze of colourful textiles in Central America’s largest indigenous market

*Chocolate making class

*Plain old fun at Xocomil, a water park in the tropical area of the country

Here’s an example of a typical week in the Somos Hermanos program:

MONDAY:           8:30-12:30 Spanish classes   /   Afternoon: Salsa class
TUESDAY:           8:30-12:30 Spanish classes   /   Afternoon: Documentary about Health Care in Cuba
WEDNESDAY:    8:30-12:30 Spanish classes   /   Afternoon: Optional Volunteering
THURSDAY:        8:30-12:30 Spanish classes   /   Afternoon: Salsa class
FRIDAY:               8:30-12:30 Spanish classes   /   Free afternoon
WEEKEND:         Visit to a nearby lake. Hospital tour and lecture followed by a fun weekend, kayaking or boating or zip-lining.



Mex El Sal

Mexico &

El Salvador

Mex El Sal

Mexico &

El Salvador

To provide participants with a different perspective on Latin American life and culture, the 5-Month Student Immersion Program includes a two-week trip to El Salvador and a one-week trip to Oaxaca, Mexico.


In El Salvador, students visit rural and urban communities and engage in an overview and analysis of the social, political and economic conditions of El Salvador, including the roots and dynamics of migration.

*Home stay and volunteering with local families in rural communities

*Visit to a Rural Health Center and the National Public Hospital Rosales

*Hike in a Historical Ecological Park

*Oral Histories and Testimonies of the Civil War

*Visit to the UCA and Rose garden, history of Jesuits and Liberation Theology           

*Analysis of Public and Private Health Care in El Salvador

*Discussion of Migration Issues

*Meetings with USAID and Representatives of Political Parties


Somos Hermanos partners with a local organization in Oaxaca for the Mexico trip. Participants gain a better understanding of the realities in Oaxaca, specifically in relation to immigration and health care. And they also get a chance to enjoy delicious home-cooked Oaxacan food (think mole!). Activities include:

*Visit to an Immigration shelter and reflections about migration

*Conferences with a midwife collective, traditional healers and a people's clinic

*Conference with a local LGBTI collective

*Visits to local artisan and food markets

*Visit to Monte Alban ruins






Weekly lectures are given in Spanish by university professors and local experts (such as doctors, midwives, immigrants returned from the US, civil war survivors, politicians, etc.). Lectures are accompanied by readings that provide more in-depth and rounded background information about the weekly topics, and group discussions:

*The Politics of Migration

*Testimony of an Immigrant to the U.S.

*The Guatemalan Health Care System

*Infectious Diseases in Guatemala and Central America

*HIV/AIDS in Guatemala

*Traditional Medicine and Midwifery

*The Armed Conflict and Peace Accords in Guatemala

*Corruption and Disparity in Guatemala

*Women’s Issues in Guatemala