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  • Locations: Manila, Philippines
  • Program Terms: Global Seminar Fall
  • Restrictions: SPU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Sponsor: SPU Faculty-led Areas of Study: Health Sciences
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Housing Type: Dormitory Minimum GPA: 3.0
Number of Credits: 2, 5
Program Description:

Child, Family, and Community Education and Wellness

Manila, Philippines

December, 2018 (Fall Global Seminar)

This Global Seminar is sponsored by the School of Health Sciences, and is designed for all majors who want to learn about the challenges and realities of living in poverty and the role of community development programs in alleviating poverty. Students will have the opportunity to participate with Kids International Ministries (KIM) in their feeding programs, family and community service projects, school programs, prenatal clinic, and interact with the children in an orphanage.

Located in the Southeast Asia region of the western Pacific Ocean, the Philippines is made up of an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands. To its north is Taiwan, to the west is Vietnam, to the southeast lies Borneo, and to its south lies Indonesia. Today, it is home to 92 million people and more than 90% of those people claim Christianity as their religion.
Research shows that poverty in the form of homelessness and lack of nutrition has a profound effect on young children’s health, growth, and development. This impact extends into prenatal development. Children living in poverty are sick more often, have more trouble learning, and are not as often exposed to stimulating social environments. They are more likely to not attend school and family relationships are often stressful. Children who grow up in poverty are more likely to repeat the poverty cycle so that their children, too, grow up in poverty.
Academic Information
Nursing majors will take two courses, HSC 4501 and NUR 4017, earning (5) credits upon successful completion of this Global Seminar.
All other majors will only take HSC 4501, earning (2) credits upon successful completion of this Global Seminar.

The credits earned on this program will be applied to the autumn quarter transcript and are part of regular fall quarter tuition.

HSC 4501:  Culture, Diversity, and Nursing Practice (2 credits) (All students)
This course is designed to guide students in studying contemporary life and health practices of the host country. Special emphasis is placed on influences of environment, people, and the interrelationships that create an ongoing action on daily living. Nursing and the role of care-giving is investigated. This course will be tailored to the area of study/major of each student (education, nutrition, psychology, art, HHP, biology, etc.) Attributes: Upper Division

NUR 4017: Community and Family Health Nursing Practicum (3 credits) (Nursing students only)
Prerequisites: NUR 3956, 3957. Applies the nursing process to the nursing care of the child-rearing family providing students with opportunities to care for hospitalized children and their families. Also applies the nursing process to the nursing care of families across the lifespan in a variety of community settings and allows students to develop community-care skills through participation in community-health programs and by exploring health-policy issues.  Attributes: Upper Division; Restrictions: Nursing majors only.

Note: Credits earned on Global Seminars are part of fall quarter. Students may take a combined total of 18 credits at the normal SPU tuition rate, which includes the seminar and on-campus courses. 

2018 Itinerary

December 6  (Last day of finals): Group will meet meet at SeaTac airport late in the evening and travel together to Manila 
December 8: Arrive in Manila and transfer to Yunjin Lyso Ministry Center (YMC)--home for the duration of the program. 
December 8-21: Daily activities TBD
December 22:  Program ends, depart Manila and travel back to Seattle

Housing and Meals

The YunJin Lyso Ministry Center, (YMC) will be our base of operations. It is right on the edge of the community where we will be serving and staying on our visit to Manila. The center has dormitory style rooms, each with its own bathroom and shower. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided at the ministry center each day and are included in your program fees. There are plenty of options nearby to eat at local restaurants, so plan to bring some spending money for additional meals and snacks. Click here for a slideshow of photos of the YunJun Lyso Ministry Center and the accommodations. 

Free Wifi is available in the YMC, though access to the internet may be slow or unpredictable.


Estimated Program Fee: Credits:
$2,600 + $300 Administrative Fee  2 or 5

Program Fee Includes:
  • Roundtrip airfare from Seattle to Manila
  • All in-country transportation
  • Lodging
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Group activities and excursions
  • Medical insurance for the duration of the program
Not included in Program Fee:
  • Tuition (5 credits for nursing majors, 2 credits for non-majors) will be charged as part of your normal autumn quarter credit load.
  • Personal spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs - (approx. $200)
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance (recommended, but not required)
Note: Costs are estimated and may be adjusted in response to unanticipated price changes or foreign currency fluctuations. The Philippines Global Seminar may be eligible for financial aid, including SPU grants, state, and federal aid. Check with Student Financial Services to determine your exact aid eligibility before applying.

Booking Flights

Students on this program will be traveling on a group flight from Seattle to Manila, Philippines. If you wish to return to a city other than Seattle, it may be possible to arrange a different flight home. Individual return flights are dependent on availability and cannot be guaranteed. If we are able to change your flight, a $50 change fee and any additional airfare cost approved by you will be applied to your student account. It is important to note that once SPU purchases these flights, the fares are non-refundable and you will be responsible for costs incurred on your behalf according to the terms of the Study Away Financial Contract.

Once accepted to the program, you will be asked to complete a Flight Information Form and we will begin to book flights. You MUST have a valid passport for flight bookings, so if you do not already have a passport, please apply now! 


Dr. Bethany Rolfe Witham 
Associate Professor of Nursing
School of Health Sciences                                                              
Office: Marston 329
Education: BSN, Seattle Pacific University; MSN, Seattle Pacific University, 2006; DNP, University of Washington, 2011. At SPU since 2011.

Dr. Bethany Rolfe Witham began her career in nursing as a certified nursing assistant at the age of 16. After graduating from Seattle Pacific University with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, she began working in a community health clinic in north Seattle. This work sparked her passion for community health and serving the underserved.

Dr. Rolfe Witham returned to Seattle Pacific University to obtain a master of science degree in nursing and complete the Family Nurse Practitioner Program. She then moved to Costa Rica, where she volunteered in a clinic in one of the poorest barrios in San Jose. After a year, she returned to Seattle and joined Sea Mar Community Health Centers, where she continues to work in both primary and urgent care.

In 2011, Dr. Rolfe Witham received her doctor of nursing practice in Community Health Systems from the University of Washington, specializing in Cross Cultural and Global Health. In addition, she obtained a Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate.

Dr. Rolfe Witham’s teaching, research, and practice interests include access to quality health care for the Latino population in the Puget Sound area, providing culturally competent care to diverse populations, social determinants of health, and health disparities. Dr. Rolfe Witham teaches courses in the Master’s and Nurse Practitioner programs. She also teaches the transcultural nursing classes in the Undergraduate program, including a four-week community health nursing study abroad in Guatemala and a two-week program in Manila, Philippines.
For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office

This program is currently not accepting applications.