Costa Rica

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Partnering with Universidad de las Ciencias y el Arte and Universidad HispanoAmericana 

GW Nursing partners with Universidad de las Ciencias y el Arte (UCA) and Universidad Hispanoamericana (UH) for this global experience. The priority goal for both universities is to provide a wide spectrum of opportunities and learning activities which will mutually benefit students and faculty from both institutions of higher education.

This trip will provide opportunities for students to analyze specific health issues such as social determinants of health, health disparities, disease burden, measurement and trends and deliver basic nursing care in collaboration with health care providers, including community health care workers to selected populations in the community and /or clinical setting.

Working Conditions

A GW Nursing faculty team leader with substantive experience in short-term nursing trips will guide and support GW Nursing students during the trip. The faculty member will bring a wide range of experience, expertise, skills, and knowledge to the inter-professional team.  

Students will participate primarily in community and public health areas and in health education and health promotion activities. Students will develop and present health education materials translated into Spanish and/or participate in current health education projects already established by our host country partner. Accelerated BSN students will research and prepare educational materials prior to trip under the guidance of the NURS 4217 Community Health Nursing Course Coordinator and Clinical Faculty member to meet course requirements.

Location and Language

San José (Spanish: [saŋ xoˈse]; literally meaning "Saint Joseph") is the capital and largest city of Costa Rica, and the capital of the province of the same name. It is located in the centre of the country, specifically in the mid-west of the Central Valley, and contained within San José Canton. San José is the seat of national government, the focal point of political and economic activity, and the major transportation hub of Costa Rica. San José is notable among Latin American cities for its high quality of life, as well as for its security, level of globalization, environmental performance, public service, and recognized institutions. According to studies on Latin America, San José is one of the safest and least violent cities in the region.

The local language is Spanish, though many people in Costa Rica speak English. UCA’s entire staff is fluent in English, as are most health providers in Costa Rica. For interaction during home visits or site visits, we always have interpreters available.