Academics

Travel & Service Learning Experiences

The world is in your reach…Where will your Bellin College journey take you?

There is a great deal to be gained from experiencing healthcare and culture outside of your everyday surroundings. Imagine the rich, diverse learning experiences that can help shape your college experience.


Friends of Haiti

Friends of Haiti

The College is excited to offer students the opportunity to provide care and medical service to the under served population in Haiti. About 80% of Haiti’s population lives in poverty, 50% of children do not attend school, and the average life expectancy is 63 years. Haitians residing in the mountain areas are mainly farmers. The Haitian government does not account for roughly 3 million people who live in the mountains, which means they do not receive government support services. With little support and access to transportation, many Haitians living in the mountain areas rely on the Friends of Haiti group for medical services each spring and fall.

The medical mission trips take place every March, April and October. Bellin College will be offering the medical mission trips to Haiti twice per year and are open to all programs of study.

The outcomes the College hopes students to achieve vary based on the program of study. BSN students who complete the mission trip receive clinical credit for their community/public health clinical course. BSRS students may use this experience for diversity credit. FNP students who are interested in going may also be able to get practicum credit for their experience. The hope is all students will gain a better understanding of poverty, medically under served populations and a greater understanding of the role they play in global healthcare.

For more information, contact kathie.demuth@bellincollege.edu

visit www.friendsofhaiti.com 


Guatemala

guatemala

During January interim students have the opportunity to travel to Aldea Punta de Palma, Izabal in Guatemala.  The group of 14 selected students will have course content during the fall semester which will increase their knowledge of the Guatemalan culture and the health issues that are found in the city and rural communities.  The students will work alongside nurse practitioners and physicians to provide educational opportunities to the nursing staff within the Eliza Martinez Children’s Hospital in the city of Puerto Barrios, to set up a clinic in the city dump of Puerto Barrios, and to deliver health care to three area villages of Aldea Nueva, Rio Salado, and Baltimore.

Guatemala is a poor nation, with 74% of the population living in poverty, 54% living in extreme poverty,  and a per capital income of US $5,200/year. Guatemala has the largest economy in Central America but is among Latin American countries with the highest levels of inequality, with poverty, especially in rural and indigenous areas being one of the highest in the region.  An information session is held in early April.  Student Applications, along with 2 faculty references are submitted, with final selection of the group being made by early May.

The TR 498C Travel Course:  Guatemala is a 2 credit course corresponds with this mission opportunity and has the potential to fill the requirements for;

  • NUR 422 Community and Public Health Clinical 2 cr
  • NR 482 Public/Community Health Clinical 2 cr
  • TR499 General Education:  This course may fulfill Diversity Requirement, General Elective, Humanities Elective, Social Science Elective or Upper Level Elective.  Course credits are variable, maximum of 3 credits, theory. 

Any question regarding the mission trip and course can be addressed to the Mission and Course Facilitator; Lynn Murphy, lynn.murphy@bellincollege.edu or Ann Wasmund ann.wasmund@bellincollege.edu  the Travel Course Administrative Assistant.


Additional opportunities are available to students to travel abroad with an outside university or a private group for course credit. In order to do this, students must receive approval from their program director and faculty of the course the travel experience is intended to replace to assure that it fits within the curriculum plan and the course requirements.

For more information, contact
Dr. Stephanie Stewart, Dean of Nursing

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