The College of Nursing's Guatemala study abroad program has been identified by former participants as a transformative experience. The objective is to provide health professionals with a language and cultural opportunity that will positively influence nursing care for the Latino population in eastern North Carolina. It's a broaden-your-horizons and impact-the-lives-of-others kind of course. You will learn about the archeology and anthropology of Mesoamerica, as well provide care in the regions where people have limited access to health services.
- Junior and senior nursing students in good academic standing are eligible to go. Other health disciplines are encouraged to participate with the approval of the instructor.
- The program is scheduled for Summer Session I, beginning with two daylong on-campus seminars, followed by three weeks in Guatemala, and ending with a final post-experience day-long seminar with oral presentations by students. Dates are typically mid-May-June.
- Students earn three credits for the elective course NURS 4220, International Perspectives in Community Health Nursing.
- Spanish language knowledge is highly recommended but not required.
What you'll do and learn
- Students live with Guatemalan families in rural villages and participate in family and community activities, such as religious events, birthday celebrations, and national holidays.
- Each day, students travel by local camioneta (public bus) into the beautiful city of Antigua where they take Spanish language lessons.
- In the afternoons, students conduct community health education programs around hand-washing, nutrition, and oral hygiene with indigenous Maya children.
- We hold a primary care outreach clinic with a Guatemalan physician in a remote Maya village in collaboration with local community leaders.
- We initiated a clean water project in 2013, which included the distribution and follow-up of water filters to community members in a remote Maya village.
- Students have the chance to take part in opportunities provided by the local culture and geography such as kayaking, visiting a coffee plantation, and practicing tortilla-making.
For more information and to apply
- To apply, go to the
PiratesAbroad website and look for NURS 4220 International Perspectives in Community Health Nursing, click on Apply Now.
- For details, attend the information session at 5 pm on Reading Day in December, room TBA.
- Applications are typically due in January.
- Questions? Contact program director Dr. Kim Larson at