Thursday, April 30, 2009

Clayton State Students, Nurses Heading to Guatemala for Maymester

Fourteen Clayton State University nursing students, alongside Drs. Sue Odom, associate dean of the School of Nursing, and Karen Weaver, director RN-BSN program, will head to the jungle of Rio Dulce, Guatemala for their 2009 Maymester trip next month.

The Maymester course will be a total of 14 days and is a three credit hour elective. The group will depart May 15 and return on May 25. Students will stay in a dormitory over looking Lake Izabal in Guatemala. There will also be recreational time to visit the area including trips to museums and parks.

“Students and faculty will work together to provide healthcare to Guatemalan villagers in remote areas of the jungle. These villagers have no access to healthcare and walk many miles to attend the traveling clinic that provides free services for those in need,” Weaver says. “Students will benefit by receiving credits for the Jungle Health course, learning about the people of Guatemala and their healthcare needs, helping those suffering from illness/disease/malnutrition to recover, and teaching the Guatemalan villagers ways to improve their health and prevent these maladies.

“There are other fundamental benefits that will be unique to each individual participating in the program that have to do with personal satisfaction and fulfillment.”

The participants in the Jungle Health Maymester course recently had an orientation session and were honored to have Beatriz Illescas Putzeys, consul general of Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, Guatemala, come to Clayton State to speak at the orientation, Weaver explains. Putzeys answered questions related to Guatemala and its people and expressed her appreciation to the students who were going on the trip to help her people who are without healthcare resources.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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