“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 with upcoming Nursing Program Teams

23 teams found

#BAJA65N - Nursing Team in Mexico: Baja from Jun 05, 2016 to Jun 11, 2016 for $965

Team BAJA65N will be working in developing communities in Mexico to provide medical services to those in need. While in Mexico, they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way

#BAJA611N - Nursing Team in Mexico: Baja from Jun 11, 2016 to Jun 17, 2016 for $1195

Team BAJA611N will be working in developing communities in Mexico to provide medical services to those in need. While in Mexico, they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 1 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#PAN72NUR - Nursing Team in Panama from Jul 02, 2016 to Jul 15, 2016 for $1895

Team #PAN72NUR will be working in developing communities in Panama to provide Nursing services to those in need. While in Panama, they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

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

#BAJA73NUR - Nursing Team in Mexico: Baja from Jul 03, 2016 to Jul 09, 2016 for $1195

Team #BAJA73NUR will be working in developing communities in Mexico to provide Nursing services to those in need. While in Mexico they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#CR74NUR - Nursing Team in Costa Rica from Jul 04, 2016 to Jul 17, 2016 for $2095

Team #CR74NUR will be working in developing communities in Costa Rica to provide Nursing services to those in need. While in Costa Rica, they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#LongNursingTeam - Nursing Team in Costa Rica from Jul 23, 2016 to Jul 31, 2016 for $1895

#LongNursingTeam will be working in needy communities in and around Alajuela. In addition to learning important community nursing skills, providing health services and medications in developing communities, and practicing Spanish, volunteers will have opportunities to explore the rich Costa Rican culture and landscape.

#BZE730NUR - Nursing Team in Belize from Jul 30, 2016 to Aug 12, 2016 for $1995

Team #BZE730NUR will be working in developing communities in Belize to provide Nursing services to those in need. While in Belize, they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

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

#NIC813NUR - Nursing Team in Nicaragua from Aug 13, 2016 to Aug 26, 2016 for $1895

Team #NIC081316NUR will be working in developing communities in Nicaragua to provide Nursing services to those in need. While in Nicaragua, they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#BZE820NUR - Nursing Team in Belize from Aug 20, 2016 to Sep 02, 2016 for $1995

Team #BZE082016NUR will be working in developing communities in Belize to provide nursing services to those in need. While in Belize , they will also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills and explore the cultural landscape in a meaningful way.

Just 4 more volunteers to make this trip a 'go'!

#COLNR821 - Nursing Team in Colombia from Aug 21, 2016 to Sep 03, 2016 for $1895

The COLNR612 team will be serving in Colombia bringing medical care to the poor and underserved. During the program they will enjoy the beauty and culture of Colombia...and the COFFEE!!!

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