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Dear Nursing Students:                                                                                      September 25, 2014

We just want to make you aware of a STUDY ABROAD course to Ecuador we will be offering at the end of Spring Semester, 2015 at RCTC.  This is a 2-credit elective course that meets a few weeks in April & May after Spring Break in order to get ready for the trip and then we travel to Ecuador for 9 days at the end of the semester.  We have offered this course five times before and nursing students have come back with excitement about how transformational it is with comments about the opportunities for fun, travel, and learning in a nursing course.  I will be available at any time to promote and answer questions about the course at my email:  diane.witzig@rctc.edu.

The class is called NURS2400 Transcultural Nursing:  Community and Global Perspectives.  We will visit hospitals, an orphanage, a Leprosarium where leprosy victims live, an EMT group, an elementary school, an outpatient clinic, and then take a boat ride and hike on an island where you will see some of the animals on the Galapagos Islands.  It truly is an opportunity you don’t want to miss and will open your eyes to health care in a developing country.  We partner with Hands for Humanity, a local humanitarian organization here is Rochester who plans twice a year trips to Ecuador to give help to areas with poverty in Ecuador.  Course fees cover everything you will need for the trip – plane tickets, room & board, transportation and are:  $1900 plus tuition/differential (~$500)  for a 2 credit course and the credits transfer to Augsburg or Winona if you are interested in continuing your education sometime.  So you can travel to Ecuador and get 2 useful credits for ~$2400 next Spring!!!

Please be considering this course for Spring Semester!  We need at least 10 students to sign up or the course will be cancelled so recruit some of your friends and come together.  You will be able to register for the course at Spring Semester registration in early November and there will be 3 payments due to the RCTC Business Office:  $500 when you register to hold your place in the course,  $500 by the end of Fall Semester, December 19, 2014 to hold the plane ticket prices, and $900 by Feb. 6th to purchase the plane tickets.  You are allowed to use Financial Aid for the course. 

The classes meet on March 25th, April 1st, April 15th, April 22nd, and May 6th from 4-6 pm and can be offered remotely from other campuses by ITV if necessary if you have nursing student friends from other programs who would like to join us.  The trip is MAY 15-23, 2015 right after graduation or finishing Spring semester classes and before summer jobs start. You will NOT be sorry you took advantage of this opportunity!  Anyone who speaks Spanish would be VERY helpful but we also have access to interpreters all along the way.  Ecuador is a beautiful country with many people living in poverty.  Come along and see how nurses can make a difference!

Begin to talk to students in your classes who have gone on this trip and your family and check if you have a current passport!  (it has to be more than 6 months from expiration next, May 2015).

Again, consider this option and write me with questions you may have.


Diane Witzig, RN, BSN, MPH - N2219 RCTC Nurse Educator



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