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Southern Connecticut State University

Department of Nursing Presents:

International Field Study in Pochomil, Nicaragua

Nicaragua Application (PDF)Please return completed application to the OIE in EN A-220. 

The Spring Recess Program in Pochomil, Nicaragua is designed to offer an exciting, challenging international service learning opportunity for students from the helping professions, to work inter-professionally and collaboratively with the nonprofit organization, Salud y Vida, providing interactive health education workshops. The organization, established in 2013 by Corrin Berg RN, (a SCSU nursing school alumni) focuses on increasing health education among the medically-underserved communities empowering them with the tools to live a healthier life for themselves and their families. Corrin has built the organization to service over 150 families in the communities surrounding Los Cardones Eco Lodge in western Nicaragua over the short two months she spends there yearly. These services help people of all ages, and are not only provided at the lodge, but also within the surrounding community - including schools and community centers. Students will have the opportunity to be the first service learning group to work with Corrin in providing workshops on a variety of topics such as Basic First Aid, Illness Prevention and Treatment, Dental Health, Blood Pressure Screening and Women's Health. Students will have the opportunity to help create new health workshops as well as expand the number of people being serviced.


This non-credit program is an optional offering designed for nursing, health education, and public health students.

Students will spend 4 full days (excluding travel time to and from the USA) immersed in the culture and beauty of the Pacific ocean beach community of Finca del Mar, located in Playa Los Cardones, Nicaragua. The beautiful Los Cardones Eco Lodge will provide lodging, meals, as well as many relaxation activities such as beach walks, surfing lessons, turtle watching, nature walks, yoga for students to participate in during their down time. Days will be filled with students providing health workshops in the community as well as exploring, understanding, and experience, and study global healthcare.

For information regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (203) 392-5222 or

*A deposit is NOT a guarantee of acceptance. All decisions regarding admissions are made by the trip leader(s). Deposits will be refunded in full if a student is not admitted into the Program.

For additional information, please contact:

Prof. Antoinette Towle, Ed.D, RNC, MSN, PNP-BC, SNP-BC