Alternative Break Program

Alternative Breaks

Hands-On Experience

The LCC's Alternative Winter and Spring Break programs provide hands on health care experience for students. During these programs, students will travel to one of six international locations to enhance student knowledge and skills about providing health care in resource poor countries.

Kingston, Jamaica

Dates: To be determined

Eligibility: Available to Undergraduate Seniors, ABSN and AMSN students who started in August 2016.

Program Contact: Maureen Kelley, makelle@emory.edu, 404.727.6961

Program Description: The group traveling to Kingston, Jamaica will be working in six residential centers directed by the Missionaries of the Poor (a Catholic order), caring for more than 400 people. The program provides basic and tertiary care to children with perinatal birth injury and related co-morbidities (such as seizures and Cerebral Palsy) as well as children with severe chromosomal deformities and significant intellectual disabilities. Nursing students will provide care to the homeless, HIV positive adults and mentally and physically ill people. Wound care and assistance with activities of daily living are also embedded in the work done with both children and adults.

This experience enhances student knowledge about working in faith-based environments; and fosters enhanced interest in global health service. Additionally, NHWSN faculty members provide technical assistance that strengthens the community-based organization’s health-related services, and its relationship with the Jamaican Ministry of Health.

The group will also tour the Kingston Public Hospital and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, a maternity hospital.

Montego Bay, Jamaica

Dates: To be determined

Eligibility: Available to undergraduate seniors, ABSN and AMSN students who started in August 2016.

Program Contact: Lisa Muirhead, lisa.muirhead@emory.edu, 404.727.6544

Program Description: The Jamaica II is a new Alternative Winter Break (AWB) site that is designed to enhance student knowledge about working in a resource poor country, public health principles and foster interest in global health services. In partnership with Cornwell Regional Hospital and Jamaica Ministry of Health, students and faculty will engage in health promotion and primary/secondary level of prevention efforts. The Jamaica II team will serve Montego Bay residents in the basic school, School for the Deaf and local orphanages. Two local churches will host a screening clinic located in the heart of Montego Bay and the rural hill area. The team will also have an opportunity to tour Cornwell Regional Hospital. The one-week intensive of service learning is personally and professional fulfilling for students with a passion to serve.

Nicaragua

Dates:

Eligibilty: Available to Seniors, ABSN and AMSN who started in August 2016

Contact: Gladys Jusino- Leon, gladys.jusino-leon@emoryhealthcare.org

Program Description: Nicaragua is a new Alternative Winter Break (AWB) site that is designed to enhance student knowledge about working in a resource poor country, public health principles and foster interest in global health services. In partnership with Communidad Connect, students and faculty will engage in health promotion and primary/secondary level of prevention efforts. The Nicaragua team will serve residents in local communities. The one-week intensive of service learning is personally and professional fulfilling for students with a passion to serve.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dates: To be determined

Eligibility: Available to undergraduate seniors, ABSN and AMSN students who started in August 2016.

Program Contact: Gladys N. Jusino Leon, gladys.jusino-leon@emoryhealthcare.org

Program Description: San Juan, Puerto Rico is a new Alternative Winter Break (AWB) site that is designed to enhance student knowledge about working in a resource poor country.  The San Juan Puerto Rico team will collaborate with local clinics and underprivileged population to provide healthcare and education.  Students in the clinics will work with the local nurses and physicians to provide direct care. During the week each student will have both clinic and educational experience, and will gain insight into the challenges of healthcare delivery in an underserved region.

Eleuthera, Bahamas

Dates: To be determined

Eligibility: Available to undergraduate seniors, ABSN students, and AMSN students who started in August 2016.

Program Contact: Caroline Coburn, ccoburn@emory.edu, 404.727.5420

Program Description: The group traveling to Eleuthera, Bahamas collaborates with local clinics and schools to provide healthcare and education. Because of Emory’s long relationship with our partners on Eleuthera, we also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of local activities. Students in the clinics will work with the local nurses and physicians to provide direct care. In the schools, students create educational presentations under the guidance of local teachers, and often have found creative and rewarding ways to address health education needs for primary, middle, and high school-age students. During the week each student will have both clinic and school experience, and will gain insight into the challenges of healthcare delivery in an underserved region.

Exuma, Bahamas

Dates: To be determined

Eligibility: Available to undergraduate seniors, ABSN students, and AMSN students who started in August 2016.

Program Contact: To be determined

Program Description: The group traveling to Exuma, Bahamas collaborates with local clinics and schools to provide healthcare and education. Because of Emory’s long relationship with our partners in the Bahamas, we also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of local activities. Students in the clinics will work with the local nurses and physicians to provide direct care. In the schools, students create educational presentations under the guidance of local teachers, and often have found creative and rewarding ways to address health education needs for primary, middle, and high school-age students. During the week each student will have both clinic and school experience, and will gain insight into the challenges of healthcare delivery in an under served region.

San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic

Dates: To be determined

Eligibility: Available to undergraduate seniors, ABSN and AMSN students who started in August 2016.

Program Contact: Jenny FOster, jwfoste@emory.edu, 404.727.8445

Program Description: The team participating in the Dominican Republic trip will be working directly with community leaders and Dominican nurses in a city setting of San Francisco de Macoris. The Emory nursing students will perform follow up home visits to patients that were by the Emory physical therapy students during the preceding week, as part of an inter-professional experience launched in 2013. Emory nursing students will also visit the main local hospital, with a focus on the maternity area, modeling doula care, learning about the Kangaroo program, and linking the community and the nurses in improvements in care.
  

Total Cost of Trip for Accepted Students: $600

  • Includes: airfare, lodging, transportation, and meals at the destination
  • Does not include transportation to/from Atlanta airport, meals at airports, additional luggage fees, country entry taxes ($10 in the Dominican Republic)
  • Does not include special food cost due to dietary restrictions or allergies

Fee Waivers

A very limited number of waivers are available. To apply for a fee waiver, please indicate so on your application.

The Alternative Winter/Spring Break Application is now closed.