Faculty Leader: Jeanann Sousou (sousoujh@camden.rutgers.edu), School of Nursing–Camden

Travel Dates: December 27, 2016 – January 9, 2017*

Class Meeting Times: 4:00-7:00pm; 9/23, 10/7, 11/4, and 12/2

Course Number: 57:705:396

Program Cost: Approximately $4,100**

This seminar and international service-learning course introduces students to health and healing in Bolivia, one of the most poverty-stricken countries in the Western Hemisphere, with the aim of gaining a deeper understanding of health and healing in this developing country.
Four classes (hybrid) during the fall 2016 semester will focus on the demographic, socio-cultural, spiritual, economic, legal, and political factors influencing healthcare delivery and practice in Bolivia. Integral to this course is a 20-day service learning, language immersion experience, over the winter break in Chilimarca, Bolivia, a rural community on the outskirts of Cochabamba, Bolivia. In the context of another culture, participants will have the opportunity to experience several sustainable projects that help to address and overcome public health problems interrelated with education, gender violence, health services, and poverty. The fifth class meeting serves as a reflection and debriefing class, and occurs within four weeks of return.

At the completion of the course, the student will be able to:
1. Discuss the impact of demographic, socio-cultural, spiritual, economic, legal, and political factors influencing healthcare delivery and practice in Bolivia.
2. Identify health issues, their prevalence, safety practice, and risk factors among members of a marginalized and/or impoverished Bolivian community.
3. Discuss the role of healthcare clinics in marginalized and/or impoverished communities. 
4. Discuss the comprehensive health services for children and women who live in marginalized or impoverished conditions.  
5. Understand the goals of health equity and reduction of health disparity.
6. Examine nursing roles in rural Bolivia
7. Begin to understand written and spoken simple words, phrases, and sentences in Spanish.

Three credits will be awarded to students, which may be applied to a culture and diversity elective or general elective. The decision to accept these elective credits will be determined by the dean of the school with whom the student is registered.

Accommodations and Meals
Boarding and lodging will be provided at the semi-urban facilities in Chilimarca. The sleeping quarters are within a walled compound with gardens and ample room for outdoor activities. Student quarters are divided into women’s dorms and men’s dorms. Special meals can be accommodated upon request. Please contact the Camden International Programs Office with any dietary concerns.



Airfare (international and local)

Spanish classes (10)


HTH Health Insurance

Meals (3 meals per day)





Visa ($135)

Airport Exit Fee ($30)

Passport Fee (for those without a valid passport)

Yellow Fever Vaccinationt

*Dates subject to change.

**Program cost is approximate and subject to change. Program cost is in addition to tuition.

tAll travelers to Bolivia are required to show proof of Yellow Fever vaccination. Please check with your physician or Student Health Services for current vaccination cost.

To apply to the Bolivia Learning Abroad Program, click here: