In 2011, MSPP began talking with Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC) about the possibility of developing an International Immersion Program for the students. On March 12, 2013 we presented the idea to the board of trustees and received unanimous approval. Out first trip is scheduled for Match 7-15, 2014. At that time, 8 nursing students, a nurse practitioner, Donna Meyer, the Dean of Health and Human Services (also an R.N.) and Dr. Sean Hill, Vice President of Student Engagement of LCCC will travel to Guatemala with our president, Terri Cranmer. They will spend four days in the community addressing as many of the medical needs as possible.
To help the travel team better prepare for the trip, the community has established a team of 5 volunteers who will visit each household to survey and record the specific medical needs of that family. They have identified the types of clinic days that they feel are needed and will be instrumental in scheduling of patients. This travel team will also be working with students from the Universidad del Valle (UVG) in Guatemala City. Four students from UVG will travel with the team as translators
What a great experience this will be for our LCCC students. Not only will they have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the families in Virginia, but they will also share this experience, working side by side with Guatemalan Students. It is our hope that this will be a complete cultural experience for these students, and that it will impact the way that they practice nursing in the future. We are excited about this collaboration and are anticipating a wonderful trip. Please wish us well.