Nursing in Diverse Cultures Costa Rica
During Spring Break, University of Memphis nursing and health care studies students travel to Costa Rica for an experience of a lifetime. The purpose of the trip is to compare the Costa Rican healthcare system to the American healthcare system. Students learn from a variety of activities. Included are lectures from local physicians and a meet and greet with other students from the University Latina.
The most exceptional experiences include the time our students spend serving others. We have developed a relationship with an HIV/AIDS home in San Jose. Our students visit the home where men and women have been shunned by their culture. The stigma of HIV in Costa Rica is still very negative. Not only do our students have opportunity to support these individuals with conversation and time, but they are able to put into practice their classroom learning of caring and compassion.
The students tour public as well as private hospitals. These experiences allow the students to compare their personal visits with an American physician or hospital versus the medical practices in Costa Rica.
The students are also given time to play and visit local attractions. The Costa Rican monkeys are always a interesting experience.
Our goal is that the students bring home a new perspective of healthcare that is somewhat different than our own. Thank you for your support and providing the students with such a great opportunity.