Nursing Service Program

Students participated in a service-learning project in Belize over Spring Break with Nazareth's Nursing Department!

They had the opportunity to work with the residents of Octavia Waight Centre, a nursing home in San Ignacio. Under the supervision of faculty, they conducted home health assessments, developed care plans, provided health promotion education, and supported residents' recreational activities.

They also had time to explore the cultures of Belize with such activities as visiting the Mayan ruins, Belize Zoo and Butterfly Farm, and going zip lining!

Program Details

SAMPLE Itinerary

The following was a sample itinerary:

Day 1: Travel to from Rochester to Belize City

  • Drive inland 3 hours to rural city of San Ignacio.

Days 2 & 3: San Ignacio, Cayo District

  • Historical/Cultural Exploration: Mayan Ruins, Medicinal Trail Walk, Cave Tubing

Day 4: Life Story Project at Octavia Waight Nursing Home

  • During this activity you will ask your clients to write a life story in three parts: the past, present and future. In positive psychology, life stories are used to help clients develop a sense of meaning which has been found to contribute to fulfillment.
  • Later in day there will be the 3 hour drive to the coastal city of Dangriga.

Day 5: Teaching at rural schools; visit Placencia

Day 6: Teaching at rural schools and tour of Dangriga Hospital

Day 7: Project with Ecumenical Junior College in Stann Creek

  • Health education seminar with Nazareth and Ecumenical College students will exchange cultural perspectives about health and wellness and the Community Health Worker Partnership

Day 8: Depart Dangriga for Caye Calker

Day 9: Explore Caye Calker island and ecosystem

Day 10: Depart Caye Calker for Belize for return to Rochester

Nazareth Students in Belize

    Views from Abroad

      At A Glance

      (S): SPARK-Eligible

      Term: Spring Break

      Program Level: Undergraduate

      Program Type: Service Learning

      Major(s): Open to all majors, but may be of interest to Health & Human Services, Education, and Global Sustainability majors

      Language Requirement: None

      Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.5