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  • Locations: Chilimarca, Bolivia
  • Program Terms: Camden Fall
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The Program
This seminar and international service-learning course introduces students to health and healing in Bolivia, one of the most poverty-stricken countries in the Western Hemisphere, with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of health and healing in this developing country.
Four classes (hybrid) during the fall 2016 semester will focus on the demographic, socio-cultural, spiritual, economic, legal, and political factors influencing healthcare delivery and practice in Bolivia. Integral to this course is a 20-day service learning, language immersion experience, over the winter break in Chilimarca, Bolivia, a rural community on the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia. In the context of another culture, participants will have the opportunity to experience several sustainable projects that help to address and overcome public health problems interrelated with education, gender violence, health services, and poverty. The fifth class meeting serves as a reflection and debriefing class, and occurs within four weeks of return.

Your Host City
The service-learning component will take place in Chilimarca, a rural community outside of Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Course Name: International Service Learning: Health and Healing in Bolivia
Course Number: 50:705:396
Couse Meeting Dates: TBD
Faculty Director: Jeanann Sousou, DNP, RN, CNM-FA, CNE (, School of Nursing-Camden

At the completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Discuss the impact of demographic, socio-cultural, spiritual, economic, legal, and political factors influencing healthcare delivery and practice in Bolivia.
2. Identify health issues, their prevalence, safety practice, and risk factors among members of a marginalized and/or impoverished Bolivian community.
3. Discuss the role of healthcare clinics in marginalized and/or impoverished communities. 
4. Discuss the comprehensive health services for children and women who live in marginalized or impoverished conditions.  
5. Understand the goals of health equity and reduction of health disparity.
6. Examine nursing roles in rural Bolivia
7. Begin to understand written and spoken simple words, phrases, and sentences in Spanish.

Three credits will be awarded to students, which may be applied to a culture and diversity elective or general elective. The decision to accept these elective credits will be determined by the dean of the school with whom the student is registered.

Please see a sample syllabus (from 2015), all content is subject to change. Bolivia Syllabus 2015-16
Please see Frequently Asked Questions (from 2015): FAQs for Bolivia

Program Travel Dates
TBD, Approximate dates below
Depart from Philadelphia to Bolivia: 12/27/2016
Return to Philadelphia: 01/14/2017

Accommodations and Meals
Boarding and lodging will be provided at the semi-urban facilities in Chilimarca. The sleeping quarters are within a walled compound with gardens and ample room for outdoor activities. Student quarters are divided into women’s dorms and men’s dorms. Special meals can be accommodated upon request. Please contact the Camden Center for International Programs with any dietary concerns.

Financial Information
Program Cost: TBD (Approximately $3,500-$4,300)

Program Cost Includes
  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • 10 Spanish classes
  • HTH traveler's health insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
  • Course tuition (all Rutgers students must register for the course to participate in this program)
  • Visa ($135)
  • Airport Exit Fee ($30)
  • Passport Fee (if you do not have a current, valid passport)
  • Yellow Fever Vaccination (please check with your physician or Student Health Services for current vaccination fees)

***Please complete all components of the application: including passport number and expiration date, passport upload, medical form, etc.
***To register for the course, please contact the Faculty Director.
***To withdraw, please contact the Camden Center for International Programs at (Remember: if you decide to withdraw after being accepted, you may be responsible for paying from $150 to the entire cost of the program).