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Nursing major receives grant for trip to Costa Rica

RELEASED: May 20, 2010

T. Benjamin Fischer
T. Benjamin Fischer

EAU CLAIRE — A member of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will travel internationally this summer.

Sophomore nursing major T. Benjamin Fischer, Wausau, will spend the summer in Miramar, Costa Rica, taking a global health care class and "Spanish for Health Care," a course specific to his interest in one day working with the Latino population. Fischer also is pursuing a minor in Spanish. His trip will be partially funded by a $1,000 grant from Phi Kappa Phi and is part of the Costa Rica for Nursing & Health Care Professions study abroad program through UW-Eau Claire's Center for International Education.

"I am looking forward to becoming immersed in the Costa Rican culture," said Fischer. "After the program officially ends I will travel around Costa Rica for 10 days with a small group of people to learn more about the Costa Rican culture, broaden my horizons and see some awe-inspiring sights!"

One of the main reasons Fischer wants to study abroad is to become fluent in Spanish as he hopes to work as a nurse somewhere outside the United States.

"This program was just the right fit for me. It allows me to live with a Costa Rican family, gives me an opportunity to work for two weeks in the hospital system in San Jose, and is in a beautiful country," said Fischer.

The Phi Kappa Phi awards help support undergraduates in acquiring knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Forty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

For more information, visit the national Phi Kappa Phi website at www.phikappaphi.org.

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