Students will travel to Guatemala to participate in a community health course where they will complete community based assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Working directly with community leaders and citizens, students will have the opportunity to develop and implement a health promotion project. During the course of the three-week program, students will engage in 75 clinical/internship hours.
The goal of this program is to provide BSN students with a community health clinical internship experience in a developing country. Guatemala provides a unique opportunity to learn community and population health in an international context. Students will have the opportunity to assess social determinants of health and health disparities that affect Latino populations in their native country. The immersion format of the clinical experience will allow for integration of faith, learning, and service.
The program begins in Seattle with a study abroad preparatory course that focuses on learning about Guatemalan culture and social determinants of health; transcultural nursing and cultural competence; and missions and service in a developing country. Upon arriving in Antigua Guatemala, students will immerse themselves in Latino and Mayan culture by taking an intensive Spanish language course, living with host families, and participating local excursions. Students will conduct community based assessment, program planning, implementation, and evaluation of a health promotion project. Students will also have the opportunity to provide individual and family nursing care within the home or community based setting.
*Please note that this opportunity is only available to nursing students who have successfully completed the first year of the nursing program.