Study Abroad

USCB Healthcare Students Go Global

Nurse Assisting Child in GuatemalaUSCB's specialized Nursing and Public Health study abroad Global Health courses provide firsthand experience with diverse health practices and health care system models. Students gain a new understanding of how culture influences the practice of medicine. 

Study Abroad in Guatemala: Summer 2024

Trip dates: July 6-13, 2024

Nursing and Public Health students, led by USCB faculty, will conduct health fieldwork in the highlands of Guatemala. Supervised by USCB faculty and partner Helps International, students will work in a small community:

  • Providing health screenings
  • Installing water filtration systems
  • Constructing fuel-efficient wood burning stoves

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Guatemala on a MapDuring this experiential learning opportunity, students will gain:

  • Global understanding
  • Cultural competencies
  • Experience working with multilingual patients/clients

Cultural appreciation, cross-national understanding, respect for socio-economic differences, and honoring client/patient and family variations and life references are values included in USCB’s mission statement and the goals of the university’s Nursing and Public Health programs.

Academic Credit

This is a 3 credit elective course in SUMMER II 2024, cross-listed for NURS and PUBH. Academic work includes online assignments to familiarize students with travel abroad, culture of Guatemala, and purpose/nature of volunteer medical work with a non-government organization (NGO). In Guatemala, students will keep daily journals. Post-trip work will consist of reflection and development of presentations.

Estimated cost

$3,943 - $4,293 per student includes:

  • Airfare: Round trip Savannah-Guatemala City  |  $700 - $1,000
  • USCB undergraduate tuition and fees  |  $1,350 (SC Residents)
  • Study abroad fee  |  $300
  • HELPS volunteer application fee (covers food, lodging in a hotel, and in-country transportation)  |  $1,500
  • Travel insurance  |  $50 - $100
  • Incidentals  |  $100


For more information, contact Dr. Lynne Hutchison.

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Guatemala-Helps International 



Past Study Abroad Experiences


2019 - USCB Nursing students participated in hands-on patient care,  health education with children and observation and shadowing of locals professionals. They also pitched in to do some painting and had plenty of time to explore!



2018 - The vibrant Gold Coast of Ghana was the setting for this Global Health study abroad program, which provided hands on experience with skills, assessments and health education. Most healthcare in Ghana is provided by the government and is largely administered by the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Services.  Among sub-Saharan African countries, Ghana stands out for its high rate of health insurance coverage and robust health indicators.