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Medical Service Learning in Nicaragua (annual)

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

The application period for the 2015 program has closed.

To enquire about a late application contact the IOP Director.


JETS! (Joining in Education Through Service) will again travel  to Nicaragua in July in 2015.   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.

 All Nicaragua Program participants are expected to be active members of the ACHOO and JETS student organizations in the year prior to departure.

Courses:  This program requires that all participants complete a 2-credit Biology course during the Spring Trimester, BIOL 390: Service Learning in Nicaragua.

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. 

Costs: The estimated 2015 program fee is $3,500.  A final program fee will be announced in December, before the enrollment deadline.  This fee includes airfare, ground transportation, housing, group meals, health insurance and program support staff.  The fee 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 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.

Calendar:  The 2015 JETS Nicaragua Medical Service Learning Program will run in mid-July, 2015.  Exact dates will be available later this year.

 For more information about this program, ACHOO and JETS, contact Dr. Dara Wegman-Geedey (Biology)


This program is open only to full-time Augustana students. 

Funds from Augie Choice are available for this program to any student with Junior status (60 credits or more) at the time of the program departure.   Students must apply for Augie Choice at least 60 days prior to the program departure.