Montana State University

Dominican Republic: Nursing in the Monte Cristo region

November 2 to November 12, 2012

Location:   Monte Cristo, Dominican Republic


Language: Spanish and English

Eligibility: First semester Senior Nursing students from MSU


Prerequisites: Professor Interview; 2.5 GPA;  physical stamina to accomplish extensive walking in sub-tropical heat to outlying villages


Credits: 6 credits for enrollment in NSG 477

  (this trip is an optional clinical experience for NSG 477)


Application Deadline:  Applications due by April 16, 2012

Tentative Timeline / Program Dates:

Application and deposit: May 11, 2012

All forms and remaining payment: May 25, 2012


Application Materials and Forms Page (click here to go to the forms page)

Safety and Risk Film Clip with Susan Welker:(10 minutes) This short video clip covers topics about health forms, packing, MSU student code of conduct, money, STEP program, and women traveler's issues.


Safety and RIsk Film Clip with Catherine Ebelke: (20 minutes) This film clip covers topics including traveler safety, food issues, diseases in Dominican Republic, immunizations, and general tips to make your travel more comfortable.



Scholarship and Funding: follow this link for funding sources to help finance your study abroad trip.

Academic Program

Montana State University College of Nursing is launching a working trip to the Dominican Republic, working with Timmy Global Healthbased in Indianapolis. 8-10 current first semester seniors will be selected to travel with College of Nursing faculty to the northwestern Dominican Republic to work with Timmy Global Health, just miles from the Haitian border. There, we will work with local health outreach to provide preventive health and primary care for underserved Dominicans and Haitian migrants in the Monte Cristi banana growing region. Activities will include health assessment and teaching, health prevention efforts and home visits. Timmy Global Health has a focus on the plight of the thousands of Haitian migrant workers who have sought a better life by crossing the Dominican Republic border.  The Monte Cristi region of the Dominican Republic is known for banana growing; health care efforts focus on the impoverished farmers and Haitian migrant workers, working with the Ministry of Health and local health care providers.


About Timmy Global Health

Timmy Global Health works to enhance the size and scope of primary healthcare service provision and invest in essential public health programs designed to improve overall health outcomes in Monte Cristi’s agricultural communities.  For more information about Timmy Global Health, check out their website at:


Required Reading Prior to Travel:

  • Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
  • Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

Additional Information
For additional information about this program, contact: