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16 Nursing Students to Take Part in First
Costa Rica Nursing Study Abroad Program

RELEASED: May 5, 2006

Costa Rica imageEAU CLAIRE — Sixteen nursing students from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and its satellite nursing program in Marshfield will spend six weeks in Costa Rica this summer as participants in a new study abroad program tailored for nursing students.

The students will study the Costa Rican medical system and take a medical Spanish course at the appropriate level for their Spanish speaking abilities. They will take academic field trips to various medical facilities and will live with host families in Tibas, a suburb of San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica.

"We're very excited to have a nursing focused study abroad program," said Jayne Bielecki, a clinical instructor in the family health department and co-chair of the committee charged with fostering cultural experiences for nursing students. "We've been working on the development of this program for about a year and are very happy about the number of students who will participate for the first time this summer."

Nursing students find it difficult to take part in most study abroad programs because their course of study is regimented. A summer program offers the ideal opportunity to continue their focus on nursing while discovering another culture, Bielecki said.

For some of the students immersion into the Spanish language is a top priority. For others, being welcomed into the lives of Costa Rica families is most alluring. "For some of us, it'll be the first time out of the country, or even on an airplane for that matter. For all of us it will be a memorable learning experience that will impact our careers and our personal lives," the students stated in a recent article for the student edition of Nursingmatters.

Bielecki, who spent three years in Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer, knows from experience that studying abroad has many benefits. "I know I am a better nurse with people outside this culture because of my Peace Corps experience," she said.

Besides learning how to interact with people from another culture, the students will benefit from having a second language.

"They will gain the perspective of not being the dominant culture and realize they need to know how to work with people from other cultures," Bielecki said.

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