Spend 6-months of your GAP year learning SPANISH in Central America!

*Dear Pre-Health Students,* /“One of the best preparations for medical school came from learning about rural health in Guatemala during the Somos Hermanos program; the experience not only improved my Spanish and appreciation of the culture, but it also gave me an introduction to international medicine.” / Spring 2009 participant; 3rd year medical student, UC Davis. The Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program is currently accepting applications for both the *July – December 2014* and the *January – June 2015* program sessions. The goal of our program is to increase the number of bilingual and culturally competent health care providers in the U.S. through a six-month intensive language and culture immersion experience in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Check out our newly updated website that includes more than 150 Somos alum currently at medical, dental, PA, nursing and therapy schools across the country; in addition we have graduated medical professionals working in their fields and using their Spanish and cultural skills gained in the Somos Hermanos program. The SIP targets students who have completed their undergraduate Education and are taking a year (or more) off before continuing on to graduate school in the health professions. We accept students who will be attending graduate school for medicine, dentistry, nursing, psychology, physical therapy, public health, and other health-related fields. Somos Hermanos aims to reduce the health care disparity experienced by Latinos by increasing the number of bilingual, culturally competent Health care providers in the U.S. The SIP is a six-month language and Cultural immersion program based in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. The program combines intensive Spanish instruction, a comprehensive lecture series, socially and culturally relevant volunteer projects, weekly activities, and a trip to El Salvador and Mexico to ensure our participants gain the language capability and cultural competency desperately needed to serve marginalized, Spanish-speaking Latino populations. The application deadline for the _Fall 2014 Session (July through December) is October 31st, 2013._ The early acceptance application deadline for the _Spring 2015 Session (January through June) is October 31st, 2013 and the second deadline is April 15th, 2014._ For more information regarding our program, please visit our website at: www.somoshermanos.org , or e-mail us at info@somoshermanos.org info@somoshermanos.org>. We look forward to hearing from you soon, Elise Wach and Joe Herrold Directors Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program www.somoshermanos.org info@somoshermanos.org info@somoshermanos.org>

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