Emerge Faculty Fellow: Dr. Chris Cotten

Dr. Christopher Cotten
Dr. Chris Cotten

Service Learning in Guatemala

UWF Social Work students will travel to Guatemala to engage in service and learning with Hearts in Motion (www.heartsinmotion.org), an Indiana–based NGO (non–governmental organization) that has been providing a variety of humanitarian services to needy Central and South Americans for three decades.

Students will attend five weeks of classes at UWF prior to the trip to learn about Guatemala’s culture, politics, and economy. The class will culminate in a nine–day trip to Guatemala: seven days in rural Zacapa in Eastern Guatemala, followed by two days of recreation and sightseeing in Antigua, Guatemala’s colonial capital (and a United Nations World Heritage site).
Student groups will develop a service project to be implemented during the trip. They will visit a Social Work program at a regional campus of a Guatemalan university; visit and learn about the country’s healthcare system; and visit programs for children, women, and seniors.

Dr. Cotten has been associated with Hearts in Motion since 2010, leading three groups from his previous faculty job at Indiana University Northwest as well as spending 11 months living and working at Hearts in Motion’s Nutrition Center and compound in Gualan, Zacapa. He is thrilled to offer this high–impact, transformative experience to UWF Social Work students.


High Impact Practices (HIPs) Utilized

  • Diversity/Global Learning
  • Service Learning
  • Community–Based Learning

For more information, please contact Dr. Chris Cotten at ccotten1@uwf.edu or 850–474–2615.


Faculty Forum Project Presentation

Emerge in Central America (SlideShare)


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