I studied Spanish for health care professionals and alternative medicine in Costa Rica for the summer. It was a wonderful way to get out of my comfort zone, increase my level of fluency in Spanish, and open my eyes to new perspectives about medicine. I learned a lot that I never would have in a classroom.
I sought out this program with help from the Office of International Programs at UNCW. I hoped to increase my language skills as well as gain experience working in a different type of healthcare setting than we have in the U.S.
I learned about new perspectives, new ways of life, and many different hands-on skills that I never would have experienced in the States. I also learned how to adapt culturally and learn about people who were very different from me.
I now have many more hands-on skills for hospital jobs as well as a much higher level of language proficiency that will definitely help me find a nursing job after I graduate