Social Events

Movie Night: “LA CAMIONETA” Free Film Screening

Monday, November 4

7-9 PM, Newcomb Theater

Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas (chicken buses) that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. “LA CAMIONETA” follows one such bus on its transformative journey from Spotsylvania, Virginia to Guatemala: a journey between North and South, between life and death, and through an unfolding collection of moments, people, and places that serve to quietly remind us of the interconnected worlds in which we live.

The film “LA CAMIONETA” is an official selection by the 2012 AFI Latin American Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival, and winner of the NAHCC Award by the Nashville Film Festival. It currently holds a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

This is the first screening ever of “LA CAMIONETA” in Virginia and is free and open to the public, with refreshments and reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Center for Global Health Student Advisory Board and supported by the Parent’s Committee.

For more information, please contact Tiffany Idoko at

Bienvenidos Guatemaltecos! A Welcome Reception for Our Guatemalan Guests

Tuesday, November 5

5-6 PM, Casa Bolivar

Students have the opportunity to talk and interact with our Guatemalan Guests at an informal social at Casa Bolivar, where they can practice their Spanish and engage in cross-cultural interactions. Please join us as we welcome our Guatemalan guests for comida y conversacion!

Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Andrea Wen at or Christina Li at

A Celebration of Partnership: Fiesta & Fundraiser

Friday, November 8

6:30-9 PM, La Taza Restaurant, 407 Monticello Road

A social dinner and fundraiser held in collaboration and on location with La Taza Restaurant in the Belmont neighborhood. Buffet style dinner of Guatemalan/Latino food will be served. Open to everyone. Tickets are $6 for students and $10 for general admission: purchase tickets here.

A silent auction will be held featuring items from Guatemala such as scarves, face masks, guitar straps, pillow cases, etc.

Proceeds will go to Primeros Pasos and the Women’s Justice Initiative, two Guatemalan organizations founded by UVA alumni and former CGH scholars, Brent Savoie and Kate Flatley.

Sponsored by Latino Student Alliance.

For more information on the event or ticket purchases, please contact Vatsal Patel at

For Ticket Purchases:
Students, please set the donation amount to $6 for 1 ticket
General Admission, please set the donation amount to $10 for 1 ticket

Additional donation amounts are welcome!

Farewell Brunch & Closing Ceremony

Saturday, November 9

10 AM-12 PM, Shea House

Join us as we say farewell to our Guatemalan guests. Free breakfast and refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome, but advanced reservation is requested.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Chris Nguyen at