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International Service

You can take service beyond borders through Otterbein’s international service-learning opportunities.

SYE 473 - Africa
Students of Dr. Glenna Jackson and Dr. Simon Lawrance will experience, explore, and impact Rwanda. After attending class sessions covering introduction to African cultures, students will fly to Rwanda in December. During their two-week stay, they will be living in African communities, visiting wildlife areas, and assisting in service-learning opportunities in orphanages, schools, or other community resource organizations. Students will gain an understanding of the challenges faced by African cultures, the interconnectedness of those cultures, and understanding of responsibilities of global citizenship.

Why is the birthplace of humanity, on one hand, a continent rich with beauty and resources and, on the other hand, wracked with conflict and disaster? A greater understanding of the challenges faced by African countries will assist students in becoming more informed and better prepared global citizens. In December of 2005, participants flew to Kigali, Rwanda and from there traveled into the mountains, where the Karisoke Research Centre in the Parc National des Volcans is located. In future years, students may travel to other countries in Africa.

NURS 499 and 699 - Transcultural Nursing: The Mexican Experience
This course focuses on transcultural nursing of the Mexican community within a Christian service-learning framework. The emphasis is on family, pediatric and women's healthcare in a rural underserved population.

Ohio Health and the West Conference of the United Methodist Church Volunteers in Mission (VIM) co-sponsor two day medical clinics in Nuevo Progresso, Mexico. Clinics are held each month in a small rural church. Volunteer teams of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, translators, and general helpers staff the clinic. Basic screening, medical care, and referrals are provided by the team. Otterbein nursing faculty, nursing skill laboratory staff, and nursing students join a team each fall in October.

Undergraduate nursing students are placed in the triage area and are responsible for conducting intake interviews (with an interpreter), measuring vital signs, and performing basic diagnostic tests (fingersticks, urine dipsticks). Some students may design and implement special care stations, such as diabetic foot care and children's health issues.

Graduate nursing students function at two levels. Those enrolled in Nurse Practitioner majors serve as providers, providing physical examinations and determining appropriate interventions. Those in the Adult Health Care or Administrative majors function as RN partners and transcribers to the providers.

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