Operation Walk: Guatemala

August 19-25
(late summer 2017)

Application Opens: Tuesday, April 11 
Applications Due: Saturday (yes, Saturday), April 22 at 5:00PM to the Associate Director of Dimensions. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered. 

Students are expected to review this page in its entirety and the following information before applying: 


  1. You must have completed at least 8 Cornell credits in order to participate in Operation Walk.  Additionally, you must enroll for at least 1 Cornell course after the conclusion of your Operation Walk experience, as this opportunity is only provided to current students. You may apply regardless of your major or discipline; however, our selection criteria includes the relevance of this medically-related experience to your academic plan and career aspirations.
  2. Because passports and VISAs must be provided to the host country well in advance of the trip, only students with a current passport meeting the expiration guidelines set by the country to be visited may apply.   
  3. Participation late in the summer could preclude you from certain involvements such as being a Peer Advocate for NSO, or as an early returning athlete.  You should consult with anyone appropriate prior to applying to make any arrangements for absence as appropriate.

Earning Academic Credit

You may earn a half (0.5) credit for an internship or a full credit (1) for an individualized project, however both require additional academic work. If you choose to earn credit for this experience, you will need to secure a faculty sponsor. Dimensions can mentor you regarding this process.


The Operation Walk application consists of the following materials: 

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Unofficial copy of your Cornell transcript
  • Note on language skills
  • Passport copy

Please view detailed application information and suggestions prior to submission. 

Application materials must be submitted electronically or delivered to the Associate Director of Dimensions by 5PM on the application deadline.  Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. 

Students that are selected after the first round will then have additional steps:

  • Interview
  • Passport Verification

Operation Walk Participant Expectations

Trip participants are required to submit a summary report including site photos.  Additional expectations, such as completion of a travel consultation and compliance with immunization recommendations are detailed in the Expectations of Selected Applicants section of this website.  

If you withdraw from enrollment or do not subsequently enroll for at least one course following the trip, you must reimburse the Dimensions Program for Health Professions the full amount of expenses paid by Dimensions for your participation. You would have 30 days to repay the expenses following e-mail and/or U.S. mail notification that repayment is due. After this 30 day period, a $100 billing fee will be assessed and included with the overdue amount and then added to any unpaid balance of tuition and will be subject to the regular financial collection procedures of Cornell College.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I apply as an underclassman?

A. Yes. The committee uses ten selection criteria. However, some of these criteria may be more difficult to demonstrate if you are a student who is relatively new to Cornell (e.g. strong performance in a substantial distribution of coursework and relevance of the experience to your academic plan and career aspirations).

Q. Can a member of the selection committee serve as a reference on my behalf?

A. Yes.

Q. What abilities and characteristics should be addressed by the faculty and/or staff member who recommends me?

A.  The Dimensions website provides specific advice for faculty and staff who serve as students' references.

Q. What expenses would I incur for my participation?

A.  Dimensions will fund airline tickets, baggage fees, ground transportation, VISA and reasonable meal expenses (using Cornell College’s Travel Expense Criteria).  You would be expected to pay for your passport fee and any sightseeing-related expenses.