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*WCU Winter in Honduras - Nutrition Assessment, Education and Service
San Francisco de Yojoa, Honduras (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Restrictions: WCU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2018 09/22/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/06/2018 01/13/2018
NOTE: Please note that costs and dates are tentative and subject to change. Contact the Program Director listed below to confirm the information listed here.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English
GPA:
2.8
Max Credits Offered: 3 Area of Study: Nutrition
Program Type: Service Learning, WCU Faculty-Led Study Abroad Credit Type: Direct WCU Credit
Available to Non-WCU Students:
No Faculty/Staff Director: Joanne Christaldi
College: Health Sciences
Program Description:
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION 
This is an international nutrition service program in Honduras that is open to all Nutrition, Nursing, and Health students at WCU. The program will offer students hands-on clinical nutrition experience and international cultural awareness through a nutritional rehabilitation center. The program will not only give students an opportunity to participate in an international service experience, but also learn from the Honduran people. The program will run through MAMA Project, Inc. who is established in Honduras and regularly provides nutrition services to the Honduran people.  The Honduras trip will run January 6-13, 2018 with one 3-hour class meeting before the trip and one 3-hour class meeting after the trip. In addition, a required team orientation with MAMA will be held on October 14, 2017 from 9am-noon in Perkiomenville, PA.
 
LOCATION
This program will be primarily based in San Francisco de Yojoa, Honduras.
 
ACCOMMODATION  
Students will stay in shared rooms arranged by the MAMA Project, Inc.
 
LANGUAGE
English and Spanish. Translators will be available, but knowledge of the Spanish language is preferred.
 
COURSES OFFERED
Students will earn 3 credit hours for this course - NTD 455 (undergraduate) or NTD 555 (graduate).
 
EXAMPLES OF PROJECTS
Nutrition assessment (weighing/measuring, vital signs, hemoglobin screening), vitamin A and deworming medications, and nutritional counseling.
 
PROGRAM COSTS
In addition to regular tuition/fee rates for the 3-credit-hour course, all participants will pay an additional fee of approximately $1,800-2,000*.  This fee includes the registration fee for the MAMA Project, housing, and round-trip airfare to Honduras.

Students will also be billed the non-refundable $100 WCU Study Abroad application fee upon applying to the program and will be required to purchase the mandatory WCU international insurance (approximately $25), and for their own immunizations and transportation in the USA prior to departure. 

*Please note that these fees should be considered guidelines only and are subject to change at any time.  Contact the Program Director listed below for exact program costs.  

FINANCIAL AID
As this program is a WCU program, students that qualify for financial aid for a typical term at WCU may also qualify for funding to assist with the cost of this program. Students should consult with Dana Parker (dparker@wcupa.edu) in the Financial Aid office for specific details about aid eligibility and required forms. In addition, students may also be eligible to apply for Study Abroad Travel Awards and PASSHE Travel Awards through the Center for International Programs. Additional information about the application process for these Travel Awards may be found in the scholarships section of the Center for International Programs website
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
Dr. Joanne Christaldi
jchristaldi@wcupa.edu
610-436-1038