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Experiential Learning Opportunities

International Travel and other Experiential Learning Opportunities


Students can travel nationally and internationally for cultural immersion and a better understanding of other health care systems. 

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota has been the site of previous trips and will continue to be offered for student travel experiences. While there, students are engaged with the Lakota people in home settings and within Indian Health Services, working in the hospitals and clinic settings.

Vaughan, Canada, is another site where students have and will travel. This community in Ontario is home to people from all over the world and where more than 99 different languages are spoken. Community leaders invite immigrants to make Vaughan their home. While working with Human Endeavor, a nonprofit service organization, students can interact with these immigrants by providing health education, health screenings and through working in the community gardens.  Students can also learn about Canada‚Äôs Universal Health System.

Examples of Experiential Opportunities:

Galeoti kissing Haitian girl    The Banquet of Salem
    Community Service with the Guatamalean Population of Salem
    The Poverty Simulation/workshop
    Health Clinics
    Community Gardens
    Simulation day
    American Cancer Society
    Blood Drives
    Relay for Life

Example of Domestic Travel

   Annual trips to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, USA

Examples of Global Travel:

    Vaughn, Canada --Students work with a diverse population of immigrants from Southeast Asia, Europe and Africa
    Geneva Switzerland-- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nation (UN).
    Tanzania, Africa
    Nagoya and Ise City, Japan

Future Travel in 2015:

   Vaughn, Canada Spring 2015
   Haiti and/or Europe--tentative plans

Please start planning now!

Interested students contact Dr. Mary Lou Ferranto,


  • Japan 2013, 2014
  • Pine Ridge Reservation of the Lakota people 2010, 2013, 2014
  • Haiti 2015