Nursing Team #LongNursing2017

COUNTRY: Dominican Republic/Haiti

ARRIVAL: June 24, 2017
DEPARTURE: July 3, 2017
DURATION: 10 Days
ARRIVAL CITY: Santo Domingo
DEPARTURE CITY: Santo Domingo
COST: $1695
#LongNursing2017 will learn about global health issues, assist with providing health education and acute care to populations with little or no access, experience Dominican/Haitian cultures, and gain perspective on the global landscape.

Nursing Teams

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.


Dominican Republic/Haiti

Beyond the capital, much of the DR is distinctly rural: driving in the vast fertile interior, you’ll see cows and horses grazing alongside the roads, tractors ploughing large fields, and trucks and burros loaded down with produce. Further inland you’ll encounter vistas reminiscent of the European Alps, rivers carving their way through lush jungle, stunning waterfalls, and small towns where life revolves around the Parque Central. Four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean rise above the fertile lowlands surrounding Santiago, and remote deserts extend through the southwest, giving the DR a physical and cultural complexity not found on other islands.

Although a place of great beauty, the Dominican Republic is also a place of great need, as the disparity between the wealthy and the needy continues to grow.  ISL serves both rural and urban shanty communities near Santo Domingo and areas in the southwestern part of the Dominican Republic near the Haitian border.

Teams to the Dominican Republic fly into Santo Domingo and travel southwest towards Haiti, working with orphanages and clinics in order to provide the poor and underserved with much needed health services.  Teams participate in public health surveying and assist local, licensed medical professionals in field clinics.

Teams to the Dominican Republic & Haiti will spend time working in areas near Santo Domingo, DR, and in a Haitian clinic a few miles across the border in the southeastern part of Haiti. Teams will not be lodged in Haiti, but will spend each night in the Dominican Republic. 


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.

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.

Meet the Staff

Dr. William Jimenez Histology Dominican Republic
Dr. William Jimenez
Medical Educator

Dr. Jimenez is from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He has worked as an assistant professor of histology for almost four years. He has a strong interest in research and plans to do an internship at the National Direction of Health Research at the DR Ministry of Public Health. Dr. Jimenez see partnering with ISL volunteers as “a once in a lifetime opportunity to… Read more

Evelyn Puello
Evelyn Puello
Country Coordinator and Team Leader

Evelyn has worked with ISL since 2009 and says she feels “extremely happy to have the opportunity to connect amazing volunteers with Dominican and Haitian communities, contributing to improve the health of many”. Her focus is to ensure that teams feel part of the community while improving their clinical skills, learning about collaborative work, and of course, having fun! (And maybe even learning how to… Read more

Activity Information

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.

Itinerary

*This itinerary is subject to change

Day 1

Meet ISL staff at the airport, and settle into lodgings. “Welcome to the Dominican Republic” Orientation.  Discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Day 2

Morning/Afternoon: Medical Orientation /  Medical Spanish Seminar / Pharmacology  Seminar

Evening: Dance class; Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Day 3

Morning: Travel to Haiti (5 hours)

Afternoon: House Visits in Haiti

Evening: Haiti Orientation; Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Day 4 

Morning/Afternoon: Community Clinic

Evening:  Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Day 5 

Morning/Afternoon: Community Clinic

Evening:  Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda.

Day 6

Visit Bahia de las Aguilas

Day 7

Morning: Return to Santo Domingo (5 hours)

Afternoon:  City Tour

Evening:  Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Day 8

Morning: House Visits

Afternoon:  Suture Class

Evening: Learning session on Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue Fever (diagnosis, treatment, prevention)

Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Day 9

Morning/Afternoon: Community Clinic

Evening:  Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Day 10

Morning/Afternoon: Community Clinic

Evening:  Group Reflection; discuss tomorrow’s agenda

Day 11

Morning: Community Clinic

Afternoon:  Share with the Community

Evening:  Cooking class.

Day 12

Morning/Afternoon: Service Project at Orphanage

Evening: Karaoke

Day 13 

Saona Island

Day 14 

Depart