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Nursing Students to Raise Funds for Healthcare Trip to East Africa

Group of nursing studentsSome students learn best in a classroom, but students from the Nursing program at Southern Vermont College in Bennington, will be taking their learning to a whole new setting. Junior and senior nursing students will be traveling to East Africa to learn how culture plays a part in healthcare in a developing nation. Junior and senior nursing students in the Cross-Cultural Nursing course, taught by Instructor Christa Berthiaume and Assistant Professor Joanne Steele, will leave January 2, 2018, for Arusha, Tanzania.

While in Africa, the students will utilize their skills by volunteering in a small hospital in Arusha and learn how nursing care in Tanzania differs from the United States. They will live in a hostel-type home and eat typical East African food.

When asked about why they wanted to volunteer in Tanzania, senior nursing student Amrit Dhamrait stated, “The reason I want to go to Tanzania is that it’s been my dream to do a mission trip, so I can help those who are in need and learn about different culture. My passion for nursing is taking me on this journey. It is a great opportunity to understand and reflect on how different life can be and to learn about healthcare in Africa.”

The nursing students will be raising money to offset the cost of the trip. On November 6, the student nurses organized a fundraiser pizza and football night at Ramunto’s in Bennington. They also hosted a 50/50 raffle, took orders for handmade balsam wreaths and kissing balls, and sold homemade lip balms. For those who were unable to make it to Ramunto’s, wreaths and kissing balls can be ordered through the SVC Division off Nursing and Health Services at 802-447-4661.

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