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The slideshow is a selection of pictures from the 2015 trip.

Experiential learning goes international as 12 Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) students get ready to travel to Moshi, Tanzania for a three week cross cultural nursing experience. The students will be working at the Pamoja Tunaweza (Together We Can) Women’s Centre. The second and third year nursing students from all three SLC campuses (six from Kingston, five from Brockville, one from Cornwall) leave Sunday May 8 and return May 26, 2016.  

While in Tanzania, the students will be working at the clinic and at outreach clinics in villages surrounding the city of Moshi, located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro. They will be doing health promotion and teaching, screening, and working with the local health care providers. Pamoja goes beyond health and supports the local economy with sustainable effort for women in business. 

Students participating in this trip are enrolled in a cross cultural nursing elective, according to Donna Clarke-McMullen, professor in the BScN program at SLC, and accompanying the students on this trip. “This generation of students are globally interested, as they have grown up being aware of the inequities between developed and developing countries. There has been a growth of companies providing international opportunities for students to volunteer. One of the reasons we choose Pamoja, was that it provides global health care in a local capacity building and ethical manner.” 

"Nothing we learn in the classroom will prepare us for being in Tanzania,” said Jayna Rice, a second year BScN student from Brockville. “I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to work with and support people living in a developing country who face many struggles and health challenges on a daily basis. I know this experience will shape my nursing career in the future." 

To prepare for the trip, students read about global health, cultural nursing practice, common illnesses they will encounter in Tanzania, and culture shock. Students will hear from guest speakers, prepare case studies and discuss important topics like travel safety and what to expect in local culture. Students do a project on various topics such as the education system, political and health care system in Tanzania and how it compares to Canada. The students will further explore the challenges many immigrants and refugees face when they come to Canada. Other learning activities while in Tanzania include working with two schools to develop a school garden. Students will be providing nutrition education and do a baseline health survey in school children’s family homes. 

The students have also received donated dried vegetable soup from the Ontario Gleaners Association and will be making soup at local groups and discussing nutrition, and healthy eating. As well, one of the students on the SLC varsity soccer team is bringing donations of soccer balls, equipment and jerseys and is looking forward to playing soccer with students in Moshi. “This is a nursing focused mission, so the activities involve outreach medical caravans, health education, and worksite hypertension screening,” Clarke-McMullen said. “Learning opportunities include learning about public health and local health initiatives for women, a day spent with Mammas in village homes, and visiting other NGOs.” 


For more information on future trips students are encouraged to speak to their program coordinators.