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Experiential Learning Opportunities

International Travel and other Experiential Learning Opportunities

Students can travel nationally and internationally for cultural immersion and a better understanding of other health care systems. 

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota has been the site of previous trips and will continue to be offered for student travel experiences. While there, students are engaged with the Lakota people in home settings and within Indian Health Services, working in the hospitals and clinic settings.

Vaughan, Canada, is another site where students have and will travel. This community in Ontario is home to people from all over the world and where more than 99 different languages are spoken. Community leaders invite immigrants to make Vaughan their home. While working with Human Endeavor, a nonprofit service organization, students can interact with these immigrants by providing health education, health screenings and through working in the community gardens.  Students can also learn about Canada’s Universal Health System.

Examples of Experiential Opportunities:

IMAGE: Galeoti kissing Haitian girl
The Banquet of Salem
Community Service with the Guatamalean Population of Salem
The Poverty Simulation/workshop
Health Clinics
Community Gardens
Simulation day
American Cancer Society
Blood Drives
Relay for Life

Example of Domestic Travel

Annual trips to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA

Examples of Global Travel:

Vaughn, Canada --Students work with a diverse population of immigrants from Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa
Geneva Switzerland-- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation (UN).
Tanzania, Africa
Nagoya and Ise City, Japan

Future Travel in 2015:

Vaughn, Canada Spring 2015
Haiti and/or Europe--tentative plans

Please start planning now!

Interested students contact Dr. Mary Lou Ferranto,

  • Japan 2013, 2014
  • Pine Ridge Reservation of the Lakota people 2010, 2013, 2014
  • Haiti 2015
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