International Clinical Mission Trips
Nursing students experience hands-on clinical training and utilize nursing skills while providing needed services and health education in countries like Rwanda and Kenya.
Apply for an International Clinical Trip
After selecting the mission experience you would like to attend, download the application (see link below) and carefully follow the directions for completion and submission.
The international clinical mission trips provide all clinical hours needed for semester, and will take place during
- Spring Break 2021 (Kenya and Rwanda) or
- Summer Semester 2021 (Nepal) right after graduation
International Clinical Mission Trip Application submissions will be accepted beginning April 15 until May 1, 2020.
Email all applications to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students from the School of Nursing can spend their spring break in Rwanda serving in partnership with World Help, Gleaning for the World, Rwandan Hugs, and the Anglican Church of Rwanda.
Nursing students will work in the Mont Cyangugu Clinic along with their nursing professors, and provide two days of community health education training to 80 village leaders, some who represent up to 17,000 village people. The team’s goal will be to assess and educate the villages on basic disease prevention and sanitation. One of the most rewarding things the nursing team is able to teach the people is the basic need for hand washing and sterilization of their water. Many of these people get their water from a swamp, and they use that same water to wash their hands, drink, and bathe. Gastrointestinal disease prevention is one of the primary focuses.
While there, the team provides the village leaders with supplies to build a step-and-wash, which allows for individual hand washing where plumbing is not a viable resource. Residents step on a stick that is tied to a rope, tipping a jug of water down and pouring it into their hands. The goal is that every single home visited will not only build a new wash system but be able to use it proficiently. After serving at the clinic, the team will canoe to Nkombo Island, where 20,000 children live. While on the island, students will feed more than 700 children (who normally only eat two days a week), administer medication for deworming, hand out multivitamins, and provide treatment for their various wounds. Additionally, the team will perform HIV screenings.
In the School of Nursing, we say often that we are the hands and feet, the heart of Christ to a hurting world. Our prayer going into the trip is from Ephesians – that God would open the eyes of our hearts, that He would break our heart with the things that break His heart, and that He would accomplish this in and through us while in Rwanda. Our students will be able to see diseases that we do not see here in the United States, and they will learn many skills that they can apply as they continue studying.
Students from both the resident and online programs are welcome to participate.
Jesse Kay Children’s Hospital in Nairobi Kenya cares for children from under-served areas. This Christian ministry hospital is just a part of the Happy Life Children’s Home ministry that includes a rescue mission for abandon babies, a Christian school for orphans, and the new full children’s hospital.
LUSON students will have the opportunity to spend 10 days of spring break working in all three of these settings caring for children. Pediatric faculty will accompany you as you fulfill all of your pediatrics clinical hours in Kenya. God commands us in Luke 18:16 “Suffer the little children to come unto me.” In this ministry, we seek to minister to all those we encounter from the children to the nurses and staff with whom we will serve.
This trip will offer many opportunities for those interested in pediatrics, missionary work, or who just want to broaden their understanding of the diversity of cultures on the earth. Opportunities for cultural exchange with Kenyan nursing students and local nurses will help to deepen the understanding of this fascinating culture. We will spend time in both the city of Nairobi and in the countryside of Kenya. We will see the amazing wildlife and the natural beauty of the country of Kenya as we visit a world-famous elephant orphanage, and have one on one encounters with Giraffes as well!
Get more information at Happy Life Ministries
This trip is designed for students interested in doing the senior summer option, and will count as community nursing clinical credit as well as NURS 316. Along with medical students from LUCOM, nursing students will spend two weeks traveling Nepal and doing clinics in small villages that are in need of the most basic medical and health teaching. This opportunity will allow students to participate with several other ministries in Nepal as well, including outreach to trafficked women.
We will also spend some time enjoying the amazing outdoors among the stunning Himalaya mountains!