Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program

Dear Pre-Health Students,

Do you have plans for your GAP year? If not, why not consider aplying to the Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program and add your name to the list of over 250 Somos Hermanos participants, many graduated M.D.s, D.O.s, and P.A.s from Keck School of Medicine of USC , University of Colorado School of Medicine, University of California, Davis Medical School, Jefferson Medical College, Michigan State University Medical School, Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, UCLA School of Medicine, SUNY Downstate Medical School, Columbia University School of Physicians and Surgeons, and many more.

“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; MD, UC Davis.

The Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program is currently accepting applications for both the July to December 2015 and the January to June 2016program 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 250 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 2015 Session (July through December) and the Spring 2016 Session (January through June) is April 30th, 2015.

For more information regarding our program, please visit our website, or e-mail us at

We look forward to hearing from you soon,

Elise Wach (MA) and Joe Herrold (MD)
Somos Hermanos Student Immersion Program


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