Guatemala Program

Vol State’s Guatemala program is a service-learning experience embedded within the Ophthalmic Technology program and is led by the ophthalmic technology program director, Dr. Alisha Cornish in partnership with the Hendersonville Rotary Club. Participants work with residents in an impoverished area of the country to conduct eye exams and provide eyeglasses.

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Cornish for more information at 615-230-3723 or by email to


Eligible students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in the Vol State Ophthalmic Technician Program
  • Consistently show effort, timeliness, and good clinical performance within the program
  • Have completed a minimum of 12 college level credit hours by the start of the program
  • Have a 2.5 or higher GPA Be in good standing with Vol State in both academic and disciplinary matters
  • Be at least 18 years old

Application Requirements

  1. Guatemala Program Student Application
  2. Nonrefundable $100 application fee paid at Vol State’s Business Office
  3. Two completed Study Abroad Scholarship Recommendations:
    • One recommendation must be completed by a Vol State faculty member
    • A second recommendation must be completed by a supervisor from an assigned clinical rotation
  4. Participation in a personal interview

Additional Form Requirements

Once accepted, participants are required to submit the following forms to the Vol State Academic Support Office prior to travel. Only notarized, original forms will be accepted for those noted.