Alternative Break Program

Alternative Breaks

Hands-On Experience

The LCC's Alternative Winter and Spring Break programs provide hands on health care experience for students. During these programs, students will travel to one of six international locations to enhance student knowledge and skills about providing health care in resource poor countries.

Kingston, Jamaica

Dates: Winter Breaks
Eligibility: Available to Undergraduate Seniors and Incoming AMSN
Program Contact: Jeannie Rodriguez,jeannie.rodriguez@emory.edu
Program Description: The group traveling to Kingston, Jamaica will be working in six residential centers directed by the Missionaries of the Poor (a Catholic order), caring for more than 400 people. The program provides basic and tertiary care to children with perinatal birth injury and related co-morbidities (such as seizures and Cerebral Palsy) as well as children with severe chromosomal deformities and significant intellectual disabilities. Nursing students will provide care to the homeless, HIV positive adults and mentally and physically ill people. Wound care and assistance with activities of daily living are also embedded in the work done with both children and adults. This experience enhances student knowledge about working in faith-based environments; and fosters enhanced interest in global health service. Additionally, NHWSN faculty members provide technical assistance that strengthens the community-based organization’s health-related services, and its relationship with the Jamaican Ministry of Health. The group will also tour the Kingston Public Hospital and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, a maternity hospital.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Dates: Winter Breaks
Eligibility: Available to undergraduate Seniors and incoming AMSN students.
Program contact: Ann Horigan ann.e.horigan@emory.edu
Program Description: 
The Jamaica II is a new Alternative Winter Break (AWB) site that is designed to enhance student knowledge about working in a resource poor country, public health principles and foster interest in global health services. In partnership with Cornwell Regional Hospital and Jamaica Ministry of Health, students and faculty will engage in health promotion and primary/secondary level of prevention efforts. The Jamaica II team will serve Montego Bay residents in the basic school, School for the Deaf and local orphanages. Two local churches will host a screening clinic located in the heart of Montego Bay and the rural hill area.

Nicaragua

Dates: Winter Breaks
Eligibility: Available to undergraduate Seniors and incoming AMSN students.
Program Contact: Gladys Jusino-Leon gladys.jusino-leon@emory.edu
Program Description: The group traveling to Nicaragua collaborates with local clinics in the village of El Tambo to provide healthcare and education. Because of Emory’s long relationship with our partners in Nicaragua, we also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of local activities. Students in the clinics will work with the local nurses and physicians to provide direct care. In the schools, students create educational presentations under the guidance of local teachers, and often have found creative and rewarding ways to address health education needs for primary, middle, and high school-age students. During the week each student will have both clinic and school experience, and will gain insight into the challenges of healthcare delivery in an underserved region.

Bahamas

Date: Spring Break
Program Contact:
Caroline Coburn, ccoburn@emory.edu, 404.727.5420
Eligibility: Available to undergraduate Seniors and incoming AMSN students.
Program Description:The group traveling to the Bahamas collaborates with local clinics and schools to provide healthcare and education. Because of Emory’s long relationship with our partners in the Bahamas, we also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of local activities. Students in the clinics will work with the local nurses and physicians to provide direct care. In the schools, students create educational presentations under the guidance of local teachers, and often have found creative and rewarding ways to address health education needs for primary, middle, and high school-age students. During the week each student will have both clinic and school experience, and will gain insight into the challenges of healthcare delivery in an 

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dates: Spring Break
Eligibility: Available to undergraduate Seniors and incoming AMSN students.
Program Contact: Gladys Jusino-Leon, gladysjusino-leon@emory.edu
Program Description:The team participating in Puerto Rico will provide healthcare and education to homeless groups, shelter communities and clinics. Because of Emory’s long relationship with our partners in Puerto Rico, we also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of local activities. Students in the clinics will work with the local nurses and physicians to provide direct care. In the schools, students create educational presentations under the guidance of local teachers, and often have found creative and rewarding ways to address health education needs for primary, middle, and high school-age students. During the week each student will have both clinic and school experience, and will gain insight into the challenges of healthcare delivery in an undeserved region.

San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic

Dates: Spring Break
Eligibility: Available to undergraduate seniors, ABSN and AMSN students who started in August 2016.
Program Contact: Jenny FOster, jwfoste@emory.edu, 404.727.8445
Program Description: The team participating in the Dominican Republic trip will be working directly with community leaders and Dominican nurses in a city setting of San Francisco de Macoris. The Emory nursing students will perform follow up home visits to patients that were by the Emory physical therapy students during the preceding week, as part of an inter-professional experience launched in 2013. Emory nursing students will also visit the main local hospital, with a focus on the maternity area, modeling doula care, learning about the Kangaroo program, and linking the community and the nurses in improvements in care.

Total Cost of Trip for Accepted Students: $600

• Includes: airfare, lodging, transportation, and meals at the destination

• Does not include transportation to/from Atlanta airport, meals at airports, additional luggage fees, country entry taxes ($10 in the Dominican Republic)

• Does not include special food cost due to dietary restrictions or allergies

 

The Lillian Carter Center for Global Health & Social Responsibility is now accepting applications for Alternative Winter/Spring Breaks. To submit an application, click here.