This year is the 9th year that the Center for Global Education in Nicaragua has hosted nursing students from Boston College for a short-term study abroad program. Each year, the week yields new insights both for the group and our staff. Namely, the importance of coming face to face with the worlds poor is once perpetually reaffirmed.
Three professors, three nurse practitioner students and eight undergraduate nursing students spent the week working in the Jubilee House Clinic. This clinic is in Nueva Vida, a marginalized community located on the outskirts of the city of Managua. After working in the clinic each morning, the group spent afternoons visiting people who live with HIV and AIDS. They were also able to hear the stories from those with chronic kidney disease. Another highlight was visiting Nicaragua’s national university to meet with local professors of nursing. The week closed with a beautiful day swimming and relaxing in volcanic crater lake- Laguna de Apoyo.