Ethical Implications of Service

Working with Highland Support Project was not my first experience volunteering with an international nonprofit, but it was the first I had with an organization that takes seriously the ethical implications of their projects and the self-determination of those they are serving. In the summer of 2010, I joined HSP in the highlands above Quetzaltenango to work collaboratively with Mayan midwives and health workers. What was truly unique about this experience was that the approach was wholly symbiotic, encouraging both involved groups (American and Guatemalan) to add value, empowering all participants every step of the way. Attention to political, historical, and social issues was paid during excursions, as every trip was an opportunity to learn and share. If ever I am asked which organization is the best to travel with in Central America, I always answer "That's easy- Highland Support Project outshines them all."