This course will be taught in various locations in Kenya. The learning opportunities will be diverse. A variety of settings will be available to students:
- While in Nairobi we will be staying at Kenyatta University, a premier university within the country which is home to about 48,000 students. Through the international programs of James Madison University and Kenyatta University a relationship has been established and provides an opportunity of mutual learning and colloboration. Faculty, classrooms and clinical venues will be made available from the Schools of Nursing and Medicine and other professional departments within the university.
Clinical opportunities will be available in hospitals, clinics within Nairobi and the surrounding area. Students will partner with faculty and students from Kenyatta University for these opportunities.
-Students will partner with nursing students from Kenyatta University and other organizations to provide health care to individuals in their home. Home nursing care is a central component of the healthcare delivery system within Kenya.
Nyeri Town - Nyeri is located about 3 hours north of Nairobi. We will spend time at the Sugarbaker Memorial Clinic which is about 4 km south of Nyeri Town. The Sugarbaker Clinic provides a variety of services to all in the community. Services include maternal and child health, curative services, VCT (voluntary counseling and testing clinic), and health education talks. Services will be provided by students in collaboration with the clinic staff. A communty free clinic will be organized and will be primarily staffed with nursing students
-Tumutumu Hospital - This hospital will provide clinical and classroom opportunities. Students will have the opportunity to work in patient wards and various clinics to provide care to the people of this community. Students will work with nursing students from Tumutumu Hospital
-Secondary School - Riamurkurwe Parish ( near Nyeri Town). This school educates approximately 400 secondary or high school students from the Tumaini Childrens Home and the community. Health education and promotion classes will be provided to the students in this school.
-New Frontiers Health Force - Narok, Kenya - (Not confirmed activity, in planning process). New Frontiers is an health organization run by a US physician and organization. Health care is provided to people in the "bush" part Kenya. Dormitory setting is provided for the students to stay while working in the clinics.
- Itinerary will be developed in the upcoming months. All places of lodging will be identified and contact information will be available to all students and their families before departure
-Visa's will be required upon entry to the country
-Specific Immunizations will be required before departure.
-Cell phones can be purchased for a nominal fee upon arrival in Kenya. It is a "pay as you go" system. International calls can be made for reasonable prices.
-Swahili and English are the predominent languages in the country. While not required as much understanding of Swahili will be beneficial.
For the current projected costs for this program, please click on the following link to the Fees for JMU Study Abroad Programs page.
Students will be staying in a combination of Hotels, Residence halls/dormitories, conference facilities and host familes for the duration of the program. All meals will be covered by the program fee.
For more detailed instructions and to download the application, please click on the following link to the Applications and Forms section for JMU Short-Term Programs.
In addition to the oIP application form, students are required to submit the following material:
In no more than 500 words or 1 double spaced-typed page (or less), please discuss why you have interest in this study abroad trip. What do you wish to gain from this experience? How would it benefit your overall educational goals ?
Program is intended for nursing students either at graduate or undergraduate. Any Nursing students who have completed a minimal of 1st year of nursing courses are welcome to apply.