Posted by Sara Meers on December 6, 2013
Students who have an interest in learning about other cultures and how healthcare is conducted in other parts of the world will have an outstanding opportunity when they travel to Honduras, the second biggest country in Central America, this spring. The May Term 2014 trip to the country known for its turquoise waters, lush jungles and breathtaking mountains will be led by Deann Edgers, Assistant Professor of Nursing.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for any student who has ever wondered what it is like to serve in a developing country, who wants to see the world from a different perspective or who simply has a passion for people,” said Edgers. “We will learn through real life experience about the culture of Central America, what it is like to purchase food in a world without refrigeration and how people work and play in an environment that is different than ours.”
Edgers is planning explorations that will help students gain insight into the history, current status and future direction of the healthcare systems in a third world nation. Students will visit healthcare agencies in the city of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and surrounding barrios to compare and contrast the healthcare system in the United States to that of a Central American nation. They’ll also have the opportunity to work alongside the Honduran people in medical brigades and put their knowledge into action through service projects with nonprofit and mission organizations.
“I believe that any opportunity to look outside ourselves and see life from a different culture, belief and world view allows us to grow,” said Edgers. “I believe courses abroad change a person and I know this course will give students a breadth and depth of experiences that build character, foster academic inquiry and stimulate a sense of humility that is needed in our world today.”
For more information about May Term, visit aurora.edu/mayterm.