When Things Fall Apart in Guatemala: Contemplative Service Advising

  • Kielty Turner Marywood University
Keywords: service learning, contemplative practices, journaling


Service learning in a developing country can be a transformative experience, especially when we engage in contemplative practices such as journaling. This is a reflection on the application of Buddhist concepts while serving as an advisor on a service learning trip to Guatemala. The writer explores mindfulness, acceptance, and compassion while journaling on the trip. Insight is provided regarding how to deepen the connection of the advisor’s and the students’ experiences.

Author Biography

Kielty Turner, Marywood University
Assistant Professor, Bachelor of Social Work Program Director