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Ecuador: Introduction to Global Health and Transcultural Nursing

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Program Overview

The South American nation of Ecuador offers the perfect environment to learn about global health issues and transcultural nursing practices—across the spectrum of modern world approaches and centuries-old traditional techniques of indigenous peoples. HCC, in cooperation with Community Colleges for International Development, Inc. (CCID) will again offer a program in Ecuador in Summer 2014.

The time is split between the city of Quito and the rain forest. Both sites offer great academic and cultural learning opportunities. In Quito, you will visit tour hospitals and nursing homes and see their patients.  By contrast, you’ll also travel to the rainforest to examine indigenous health care practices, learn about medicinal plants, and visit a local Quichua community.  

The program is complemented by cultural activities including visits to famous landmarks such as the Equator, Presidential Palace and local markets.

Academic features of the trip include:  

  • A tour of the National School of Nursing at the Central University of Ecuador, and the opportunity to meet and exchange views with Ecuadorian nursing students
  • Learning about current nursing and health issues in Ecuador
  • Visits to and comparative examination of government-run and private hospitals and other healthcare facilities
  • Immersion in Andean culture and health practices via a trip to the rainforest

Find out what students had to say about HCC’s 2013 Study Abroad trip to Ecuador:

"I will have a much greater respect for people's differences and really try to understand them in the future. I have always loved nursing, but the true passion for the profession that I saw has inspired me to do more, care more, be more, love more. I am forever grateful for this opportunity and know that I will cherish the memories forever."

"The differences inherent to each and every one of us make us delightfully unique, but they can also present considerable challenges when trying to care for the ill. It is because of this that I feel it's important to keep an open mind when caring for each patient. Going to Ecuador greatly reinforced this lesson and provided me with many more. For instance, I was reminded that it is important to respect cultural differences. I also feel it is important to try and communicate in the person's language if you can, and if not it is critical that the appropriate translation service(s) are in place to avoid misinterpreting a patient's needs. Finally, I'll never forget the genuine dedication and respect the nurses there have for their profession. I will strive to put that kind of passion into my career as a nurse."

At a Glance

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Six international co-curricular awards of $1,300 are available for participating students!  

Program Dates: May 19 - June 2, 2014

Trip Cost: $2,560* 

*The fee includes round-trip airfare to Ecuador, all in-country transportation, lodging, meals, health insurance, and academic and cultural lectures and visits, admission fees at sites. The fee does not include the cost of college tuition, personal expenses such as passports and immunization. All fees, costs and dates are subject to change.

Registration for 3 Course Credits: $313.17

Application Deadline: CLOSED2013 Belize Study Abroad Application

Questions about this program?

Kathryn Smith (Faculty Lead) ksmith@hccfl.edu, (813) 253-7227

Minami Eberhard (CIE Study Abroad Advisor), meberhard@hccfl.edu, (813) 253-7331

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