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Dear RCTC Nursing Students:                                                        October 10, 2013

We just want to make you aware of a Study Abroad course to Ecuador we will be offering at the end of Spring Semester, 2014. This is a 2-credit Elective course that meets a few weeks in April 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 four times before and nursing students have raved about the opportunities for fun, travel, and learning in a nursing course. I will be available at any time to promote it and answer questions but please feel free to email me with questions! (Diane.witzig@rctc.edu)

It is called NURS 2400 Transcultural Nursing: Community and Global Perspectives. We will visit hospitals, an orphanage, a Leprosarium, 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 opens your eyes to health care in a Third World county. We partner with Hands for Humanity, a local humanitarianorganization who takes participants twice a year from the community of Rochester.

Course fees cover everything you will need for the trip - plane tickets, room & board, transportation and are: $1900 plus tuition for a 2 credit course and the credits transfer to Augsburg or Winona if you are interested in continuing your education sometime. Please be considering this option for Spring Semester! You will be able to register at the end of October with Spring registration and there will be 3 payment due dates to the Business Office:   ($500 due at Spring Registration on November 6, 2013, $500 due by December 20, 2013, and $900 due by February 7, 2014). You are allowed to use Financial Aid for this course. We have to have at least 10 students or the course will be cancelled so recruit some of your friends and come together.

The course meets a few times on Wednesday afternoons from 4-6 pm (April 2, 16, 23, 30, and May 7) and the trip is May 16-24, 2014 - right after graduation 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 and see how nurses can make a difference!

Begin to talk to students in your classes who have gone on this trip and  check if you have a current passport! (it has to be more than 6 months from expiration next May, 2014).

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


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



Last Updated: October 14, 2013

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