“This is an amazing experience and I definitely recommend it to other students. I was fortunate to participate in this trip while in community and home health nursing classes and the trip gave me real-world experience. Also, the trip gave me the chance to apply nursing skills and feel more confident in my abilities and gain some experience!”

-Estela R., Grand Canyon University

About the Nursing Program

ISL’s nursing teams actively participate in health clinic service, in partnership with local community agencies, in an effort provide acute care and public health education to vulnerable populations. Volunteers are introduced to issues relevant to healthcare professions such as nursing, medicine, social work, counseling, education, and allied health professions.

Our nursing program was developed to provide a learning experience that strengthens cultural competency in an ethnically diverse setting, while providing genuine service in developing communities.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify cultural aspects for caring for a Hispanic/Latino patient.
  2. Complete a self-assessment and evaluate the components of cultural competency.
  3. Verbalize the various roles of health care providers and resources in a community that impact the individual and community’s health and safety.
  4. Define community and the role of a community health nurse.
  5. Identify the impact of public health policy on individual and community health and recovery from illness.
  6. Verbalize basic phrases to complete a basic health assessment in Spanish.
  7. Perform a basic health assessment on a Spanish-speaking patient and provide a hand off report to a physician.

Registered Nurses may complete the “Strengthening Cultural Competence in a Global Health Context” course work and earn 30 Continuing Education Units. Learn more about CE Teams here.

Who is Right For Nursing Teams?

ISL’s nursing teams are specially designed for nurses and nursing students.

What to Expect

Upon arrival in-country, you will be met at the airport by ISL staff. Your team’s first day will be busy with orientation and training seminars, and then the community work begins! Your team will be transported to a developing community to conduct in-home community health surveys in order assess the need for health services. You will invite those in need of medical care to a field clinic staffed by local, licensed medical professionals. At the clinic, you will rotate through patient intake, triage, examination, diagnosis, and treatment, and pharmacy stations.

In the evening, you will participate in seminars, reading assignments, and group discussion. Your team will eat most dinners out in order to relax and experience the local culture and cuisine. You will learn a few traditional dances and explore some important historical/cultural sites.

Recreational options vary by location, but you will have the opportunity to shop for local crafts and explore geographic treasures such as beaches, volcanoes, rainforests, or caves and explore ruins, city centers, or coffee plantations, and have time for activities such as ziplining, snorkeling, or safari!

Volunteer Involvement

ISL collaborates with in-country professionals and local Ministries of Health to determine how our volunteers can best impact developing communities. Registered nurses are able to work at professional capacity in most locations, while nursing students are able to offer valuable assistance in all aspects of patient care.

Patient consent is, of course, an essential pre-requisite for any level of volunteer participation.

Safety and Respect

For the sake of security, ISL volunteers remain together as a team from arrival to departure. Patient rights must be respected at all times; Patients have the right to refuse treatment.

ISL prohibits discrimination on the basis of color, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, religion or any other factor.

What To Bring

You will need a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, otoscope, scrubs, donations of medications and medical supplies (optional), and funds sufficient to cover one meal per day, premium recreation, personal spending, and departure tax.

What ISL Provides

ISL Provides 24-hour accompaniment by professional, bilingual staff, airport pickup/drop off, all ground transportation, all lodging, two meals per day, drinking water, instruction by licensed medical professionals, coursework, medications and supplies, tours and basic recreation.

Countries visited by the Nursing Program

11 teams found

#BZE062015NUR - Nursing Team in Belize from Jun 20, 2015 to Jul 03, 2015 for $2095

#MEXBAJA062215NUR7 - Nursing Team in Mexico: Baja from Jun 22, 2015 to Jun 28, 2015 for $965

Just 2 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#NIC062715NUR - Nursing Team in Nicaragua from Jun 27, 2015 to Jul 10, 2015 for $1895

#COL062815GH-R - Global Health/Nursing Team in Colombia from Jun 28, 2015 to Jul 11, 2015 for $1895

#MEXBAJA070615NUR7 - Nursing Team in Mexico: Baja from Jul 06, 2015 to Jul 12, 2015 for $965

#COL072615NUR - Continuing Education /Nursing Team in Colombia from Jul 26, 2015 to Aug 08, 2015 for $1895

#BZE080115NUR - Nursing Team in Belize from Aug 01, 2015 to Aug 14, 2015 for $2095

#COL080915NUR10 - Continuing Education /Nursing Team in Colombia from Aug 09, 2015 to Aug 18, 2015 for $1695

#NIC081515NUR - Nursing Team in Nicaragua from Aug 15, 2015 to Aug 28, 2015 for $1895

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BZE082215NUR - Nursing Team in Belize from Aug 22, 2015 to Sep 04, 2015 for $2095

Just 3 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!