Matt In Guatemala

This blog represents the personal experience of one MCH (Maternal and Child Health) Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Guatemala from 2015 to 2017. The opinions expressed here are neither those of the Peace Corps nor of the U.S. or Guatemalan Governments.

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Mid-Service Medical Exams and Balancing Work

This month in Guatemala, volunteers are cycling through headquarters in order to complete our required mid-service physicals and dental exams….

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Winter Is Coming in Guatemala!

It is now winter in my town, or at least what passes for winter in the somewhat more equatorially located…

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Peace Corps Guatemala: Daily Activities 8: Travel Out of Site!

Last week I arrived in my site after my training group’s MST (Mid-Service Training) conference at Peace Corps headquarters in…

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My Most Excellent Mid-Service Training (MST) Adventure!

Last week I attended the Mid-Service Training conference for Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in my Bak’tun (what we call training…

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Motivational Interviewing and House Visits: Empowering People to Change Their Lives

This last Friday I, and nurses from a local health post, completed house visits in the outlying community served by…

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Corn Harvesting Time In My Site!

Every year in late November and early December here in my town in the western highlands of Guatemala, many people…

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Understanding the Maternal and Child Health Program Framework

During Pre-Service Training (PST), or the 9 or so weeks that Peace Corps Trainees in the Maternal and Child program…

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Thanksgiving in Guatemala: Catching Fire

This is the second Thanksgiving I’ve spent in Guatemala, the first was a day after I, and everyone else in…

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Video of “Feria” Week Celebrations in My Town

This is a video of a dance, and even some aerial acrobatics performed by a rope climber, during the Feria…

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The Cuatro Demoras and Maternal Mortality in Guatemala

In this post I’m going to describe the “Cuatro Demoras” or the Four Delays in receiving adequate medical attention in…

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