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The Southern Connecticut State University Department of Nursing Presents:

The 2018 International Field Study in 

Pochomil, Nicaragua

March 11 - March 16,2018 

Nicaragua Application (PDF) Please return completed application to the OIE in EN A-220.


The Spring Break 2018 Program in Pochomil, Nicaragua is designed to offer an exciting, challenging international service learning opportunity for students from the helping professions, to work interprofessionaly and collaboratively with the nonprofit organization, Salud y Vida, providing interactive health education workshops. The organization, established in 2013 by Corrin Berg RN, (a SCSU nursing school alumni) intent is to increase the health education among the medically underserved communities empowering them with the tools to live a healthier life for them and their whole family. Corrin has built the organization to service over 150 families in the communities surrounding Los Cardones Eco Lodge in western Nicaragua over the short two months she spends there yearly. These services help people of all ages, and are not only provided at the lodge, but also within the surrounding community including schools and community centers. Students will have the opportunity to be the first service learning group to work with Corrin in providing workshops on a variety of topics such as Basic First Aid, Illness Prevention and Treatment, Dental Health, Blood Pressure Screening and Women's Health. Students will have the opportunity to help create new health workshops as well as expand the number of people being serviced.


This non-credit program is an optional offering designed for nursing, health education, and public health students.

Students will spend 4 full days (excluding travel time to and from the USA) immersed in the culture and beauty of the Pacific ocean beach community of Finca del Mar, located in Playa Los Cardones, Nicaragua. The beautiful Los Cardones Eco Lodge will provide lodging, meals, as well as many relaxation activities such as beach walks, surfing lessons, turtle watching, nature walks, yoga for students to participate in during their down time. Days will be filled with students providing health workshops in the community as well as exploring, understanding, and experience, and study global healthcare.


Deposit: $500 Due: with application
Second Payment: $500 Due: January 31, 2018
Final Payment: $500 Due: February 28, 2018

Program Fee Includes:
• Airfare and transportation in Nicaragua
• Round-trip domestic transportation from SCSU to the airport
• Lodging & all meals

Please Note: The program fee includes the cost of CISI insurance—a stand-alone comprehensive insurance policy that provides coverage for evacuation and repatriation, required for all students studying abroad.

Program Fee Does Not Include:
• SCSU's tuition and summer registration fee, personal expenses, touring, books, laundry, snacks, medical and living expenses, or any additional expenses that alter the itinerary or arrangements

*For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (203) 392-5222 or

**A deposit is NOT a guarantee of acceptance. All decisions regarding admissions are made by the trip leader(s). Deposits will be refunded in full if a student is not admitted into the Program.


Currently, all courses abroad for the academic year are expected to operate. Southern Connecticut State University's Office of International Education (SCSU-OIE) will monitor world events and make any change to this decision on an individual course basis any time between now and the departure dates.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, students will be refunded their deposits and all monies the university is able to recover from program providers. The SCSU-OIE office will aggressively negotiate with providers for the refunds.

If a student withdraws from an off-campus course at any time between now and the departure date, the student will forfeit his/her deposit but will be refunded all other recoverable amounts. In the event the price of the trip rises more than 20%, the student may withdraw and receive both recoverable funds and deposit.

Students who must cancel their participation in a course abroad program must do so in writing to Dr. Erin Heidkamp, Director of the Office of International Education.

The Office of International Education will work to delay payment to providers on costs for course abroad programs as long as possible and request clearly-stated refund policies from all providers for all programs prior to payments. Students who wish to purchase cancellation insurance should contact their insurance provider.

If Southern Connecticut State University cancels an off-campus course, the staff of SCSU-OIE will work with individual course abroad faculty members in adapting their course, when possible, for the Southern Connecticut State University campus. This is understood to be an emergency procedure in place as a result of unusual or unforeseen world events. If an off-campus course cannot be adapted to the on-campus setting, the faculty member will work to develop an alternative on-campus course for the students enrolled. If this is possible, efforts will be made to enroll students in existing on-campus courses.