Introducing Sarah Messmer


Wuqu’ Kawoq is thrilled to welcome Sarah Messmer as a long-term intern. While Sarah is in Guatemala for the next ten months she will be blogging about her work in our women’s health program.

Hi! I am Sarah Messmer, and I will be spending 10 months in Guatemala working on Wuqu’ Kawoq’s women’s health programs, including the women’s health classes, STI and cervical cancer screening, and prenatal care.

I am originally from a small town in Illinois, and I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) with a degree in engineering physics—but with a plan to end up in medicine. While at UIUC, I met Peter Rohloff and took my first trip to Guatemala—and have been working with Wuqu’ Kawoq ever since.

In 2008, I spent one year in the Bocacosta working on a child nutrition program, and then spent the summer of 2010 again working on child nutrition – both in the Highlands and the Bocacosta.  Currently, I am in my final year of medical school at Harvard and I am taking an extra year to volunteer in Guatemala. After graduating from medical school, I am interested in working in primary care, with a focus on women’s health issues, global health, and immigrant health.

This year, I am looking forward to studying Kaqchikel Maya, experiencing life in the Highlands, eating many tortillas, and working with the incredible staff of Wuqu’ Kawoq to assess and improve our women’s health services.  I am excited to be back in Guatemala again after 2 years away.