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Healthcare Service Learning in Nicaragua

Get hands-on experience in your pre-health fieldand help communities across Nicaragua get medical care.

Applications for the 2016 program will be available November 2015.


JETS! (Joining in Education Through Service) will again travel  to Nicaragua in July in 2016.   During the two weeks in Nicaragua, students will assist medical personnel at free health clinics.  The group will work with the NGO Praxis, whose main purpose is to offer healthcare students and professionals a truly international experience that will expand their understanding of medicine and life outside of the United States. Praxis is prepared to set up temporary medical clinics to diagnose and provide medicines for basic, non-chronic illnesses.  They refer patients to hospitals when a patient's condition is beyond the scope of what can be provided on-site.   Students will be accompanied by Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey, Department of Biology.

Eligibility:  This program is linked to the ACHOO/JETS program. All Nicaragua Program participants are expected to be active members of the ACHOO and JETS student organizations in the year prior to departure This program is appropriate for all pre-health programs.  Students in other fields should consult with the program directors prior to application.

Contacts: Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey (Biology)

Dates: This program includes on-campus coursework during Spring Term and travel to Nicaragua in mid-July.  Exact dates for the 2016 program will be available in November 2015.

Academics:  This program requires that all participants complete a 2-credit Biology course during the Spring Trimester, BIOL 390: Service Learning in Nicaragua.  The grade for this course is finalized after the July service learning program.

Seniors should pay special attention to the timing of this program.  Senior students who need any portion of this coursework in order to complete degree requirements may not graduate in the spring. They must apply as a summer graduate, but can choose to participate in the commencement ceremony if they wish. Contact the Registrar for your questions. 

Cost: The estimated 2016 program fee is $3,600.  A final program fee will be announced in Fall 2015. 

Cost includes:  Airfare, ground transportation, housing, group meals, health insurance and program support staff. 

Cost does not include: Discretionary spending.

Financial Aid:  As this program does not include tuition charges, only travel expenses, financial aid for the Spring Term cannot be applied to the program costs.  These costs are in addition to the tuition and room/board charges for the term of the program.  This program is Augie Choice and IOP Grant Eligible.  IOP Grants are competitive and limited in number.

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure, including those students who complete their 6th term in the Spring of 2015.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana, including those completing a 3rd term in Spring 2015 are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Application process:  Students are encouraged to attend the Study Away Fair on campus this October 4th.  Each program will also hold informational meetings in October and early November.  The online application for this and all 2016-2017 programs will go live in November 2015.   Online applications and a $300 deposit are required by January 15, 2016 in order for full consideration.   If the program is overenrolled a selection process based on academic year and GPA will be utilized to select the participants and a short alternate list.  If a program has vacancies after the January deadline, late applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.

 For more information about this program, ACHOO and JETS,

contact Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey (Biology)