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  • Locations: Chilimarca, Bolivia
  • Program Terms: Camden Spring
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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Camden Spring 2018 05/17/2018
Rolling Admission 08/13/2018 08/29/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

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Program Type:
Camden Learning Abroad
Service Learning:
Program Description:

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For questions about your application, contact the Rutgers University-Camden Office of International Students & Global Programs at or 856-225-6832.

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.
On-campus class meetings (during Summer 2018) 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 two-week service learning, language immersion experience, over the summer 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: 57:705:396
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.

Program Travel Dates
August 13-29, 2018 (TBD)

Financial Information
Program Cost: TBD (Approximately $3,850)

Program Cost Includes
  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • 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)
  • Personal expenses, including some meals

***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 Office of International Students & Global 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).