International Service Learning Experiences
MSU College of Nursing & Timmy Global Health:
a collaboration for the common good
Since February of 2012, the College of Nursing has collaborated with Timmy Global Health, a non-profit organization based in Indianapolis, Indiana, focusing on preventive
healthcare in impoverished locales in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala and
Timmy Global Health works with schools across the United States to expand access to healthcare and empower students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges. MSU Bozeman's College of Nursing partnered with Timmy Global Health to send a team of 15 second semester nursing students to the Dominican Republic, with two faculty, and a team of seven medical providers. This team of 24 people saw hundreds of patients in the bateyes along the Dominican Republic border with Haiti, where banana cooperatives are located. Later, a group of 10 second semester nursing students and one faculty travelled to Ecuador, to work with a minority indigenous population, and offer health care clinics. Central to the work of Timmy Global Health is collaboration with local healthcare providers, and sustainability of all health care initiatives.
“Global trends are transforming society, and at Montana State University we are preparing our graduates for the "borderless careers" they will enter. Among numerous benefits, international initiatives and experiences expand our horizons, enrich our breadth of appreciation of different cultures and help all of us become well-rounded citizens.”
Reference Guide for College of Nursing Service Learning Experiences
- The service learning trips offered during students' junior and senior years are optional.
- The trips are offered in conjunction with Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis based organization offering short term service learning experiences to student groups.
- Selection criteria include flexibility and academic standing , ability to contribute to a group effort, demonstrated leadership, and physical readiness for walking and completing service responsibilities in extreme heat. Spanish speakers preferred. One faculty letter is required from each applicant, attesting to these characteristics.
- Cost of the service learning trip varies depending on the locale and airfare, but averages around $2500. This does not include immunizations, and clothing/equipment that may be purchased for the trip.
- The service learning experiences are one to two weeks in length and are typically in groups of 10-15 students, with 1-2 faculty members accompanying them.
- The service learning trips of the College of Nursing are substance free, with no alcohol consumption during the trips.
- Students must be prepared to share space, including sleeping space and bathroom facilities during the experience. Privacy can be minimal, and the work days are often long. Teamwork is essential and students must be prepared to work hard. The circumstances of the communities we have visited in Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Ecuador are quite different from Montana, and many luxuries and dietary accommodations may not be available during a service learning experience.
International Trip to Cuba (December 2015)
Central America - Rural Experience
On a recent trip, students were five hours from Quito in the Amazon basin where Timmy Global Health has ongoing health care efforts that are made sustainable by local Ecuadoran staff.
The College of Nursing partnered with MSU Bioregions and the Montana WWAMI Medical program to offer an elective course in rural Mongolia, under the leadership of MSU faculty. Three nursing students were selected to travel with the MSU Bioregions Mongolian Health Project team which includes students from a variety of other disciplines including medicine, business and agriculture. Students travel with the group to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, and from there travel by land cruiser to northern Mongolia. Work in the country takes place in the northern part of Mongolia, in Bulgan province, where nursing students observe and provide rural health care, under the direction of local nurses and physicians. Service work occurs in small clinic settings, as well as in the health department of the province. The focus of the College of Nursing team is to provide mentoring for Mongolian nurses, in- service training on topics such as patient education strategies, and first aid in the community. The nursing team will also assist WWAMI medical students and residents in offering rural clinics in remote areas of the province. Students live in tents while in northern Mongolia, and have varied opportunities to compare health problems, cultural precepts, health care systems, and clinical nursing approaches, between the nomadic peoples there, and those of rural Montana. Requirements for the 6 credit CON course will be based on development of a selected topic, that will be offered as in- service training to nurses in Mongolia, as well as completion of an academic paper ( 5-6 pp) and a reflection journal.
Trip in Collaboration with MSU Bioregions and WWAMI
Offered through NRSG 469 for all upper division nursing students
May 26- June 22, 2015
Cost: $3900 program fee, plus airfare
Financial aid available, for all students currently enrolled in financial aid.
- MSU Students Mongolia Application
- MSU participation agreement
- ISIC App with Instructions
- Health History form
- FERPA MSU
- Terms of Dismissal
- Download all of the above in a ZIP file
Engineers Without Borders
An MSU group seeking to educate and empower individuals and communities in both Kenya and Montana primarily through implementing community driven sustainable water and sanitation project at primary schools in western Kenya, through which cross cultural interaction takes place.