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Colleen Walters Reports from Clayton State Study Abroad Program in Guadalajara, Mexico

Colleen Walters Reports from Clayton State Study Abroad Program in Guadalajara, Mexico

May 15 2015

A May 2014 graduate of the Clayton State University Master of Science in Nursing program, Colleen Walters is now a faculty member in the Clayton State School of Nursing, and is currently serving her second “tour” as part of the College of Health’s study abroad program in Guadalajara, Mexico.

“I was given the opportunity to complete a service learning study abroad program in Guadalajara, Mexico in May 2014. My thesis examined the impact of study abroad experiences and the level of learning that takes place,” she explains.

This year, Walters has returned to Guadalajara as a faculty member, and she reports in this May 14 update on how the 2015 program is progressing…

“The program is going great so far. All students received a scholarship of $350 from ALAS for the trip.​The students are enjoying their Spanish class at the University of Guadalajara and their home-stays with Mexican families.

“We have orientation at the hospital tomorrow and this weekend we will be hosting the health fair in the rural town of Juanacatlan. The students are excited and are working on their health topics in the afternoons after class.

“I am so proud of this group and the efforts they are making to meet the objectives of the course. One student is already making arrangements for an internship to return to Mexico and live for a few months. They are really surprised by the hospitality and kindness of the Mexican culture.

Rufina Greene (MSN student), Karen Massiah (MSN student) and Lisa Mendola (dental hygienist who also came last year) have been phenomenal in helping me with the group.

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