Dental Hygiene and Nursing Service Learning Program
August – September 2015 Application Deadline: April 3
Working with the Smiles Forever Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Seattle, a group of Nursing and Dental Hygiene students from SCC will have a chance to see firsthand how simple healthcare practices can make a difference in impoverished communities.
This program explores medical issues and dental disease and will enable students to teach essential skills in an environment with limited equipment. While in Cochabamba, we will visit the first and only dental hygiene school in Bolivia. Nursing students will have the opportunity to work in hospital and clinic settings, as well as in public health facilities.
A vital part of this program will be the outreach, which provides healthcare and emergency dental care to impoverished communities. Participants will get a close-up view of living in poverty. By taking part in these community services, journal writing assignments, and classroom discussions, students will learn about poverty and education, as well as Bolivia’s rich cultural heritage.
We are all empowered by gaining a broader understanding of diverse cultures and the complex health and political issues that are a part of our global community. Join us in Bolivia this summer to experience this firsthand.