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Colombia: Health & Culture

Healthcare Across Borders

Date: May 25–June 11, 2013

Cost: $2,400

Program Cost Includes

  • Accommodations with host families of
    university professors and administrators
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotel and airport shuttle in Bogotá (total of two nights)
  • All in-country transportation
  • All meals
  • Excursions and sightseeing in locations including
    Panachi National Park, Chicamocha Canyon,
    Town of Girón, Mesa de los Santos
  • Insurance (mandatory)
  • Spanish tutors and interpreters


Student assisting a childLearn about the culture in Colombia and experience total culture immersion while staying with host families, eating delicious foods, and sightseeing. Visit state-of-the-art hospitals, clinics, and even a cadaver lab in Bucaramanga. Experience student life in Colombia while visiting and attending classes in the highly respected university UNAB.

Course Offered

HLTH/NURS 249 Health Care Onsite - Colombia
Study Abroad, 3 Credits, 1 lecture, 6 labs

Student volunteersThis course provides a cultural immersion experience in international health concerns and care via a short term study abroad trip in Bogota, Columbia. Students will be guided through the process of setting up several home health visits. Traditional medicinal practices and beliefs are explored. Home visits to work with individual families on primary and secondary health interventions and hospital rotations to observe the delivery of tertiary care. Participants will work in small groups on self selected projects. Service learning is the conceptual framework. An understanding of the regions health care needs will be explored and the components of community assessment are introduced. Pre and post trip work is assigned. This is an adventurous learning opportunity which can broaden a student's worldviews.

ANTH 260 Cultural Survey for Study Abroad
Study Abroad, 3 Credits



family in clinicIs an Associate Professor of Nursing at TC3 for the past four years, a nurse for 25 years,and a clinical instructor for the past nine years. A native of Puerto Rico native, professor Cartagena is fluent in Spanish and is passionate about international healthcare and the opportunity to support student experiences abroad.

Contact Ms. Cartagena at 844.8222, Ext. 4443, or by Email for more information.


Amber Gilewski is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at TC3 and has been teaching since 2004. She also has taught conversational English in China and Taiwan and worked for several years in the mental health field.

Contact Amber by calling 607.844.8222, Ext. 4257,
by Email, or visiting room 241.