What is the Service Learning/Experiential Program?
The service learning program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, medical students, and allied health care students of all levels who are interested in international issues expanding their knowledge base about various academic fields.
Students can focus on different areas such as: clinical/community based health practices, clinical rotations, public health, language skills, psychology, psycholinguistics, bilingual education designing community specific outreach educational programs, and community research projects in rural and urban sites. There are several different aspects to the program that allow for each students to design their program according to the requirements of their home institution, and those of IASE. Any project that is developed must represent the communitys interest and must be sustainable. Students during their stay receive professional supervision and advising on and off site.
Students are assigned a schedule, depending on the number of students and the educational project of each student. Because the program is based on the pedagogy of service learning, also known as experiential learning, it is designed to address not only the experiential needs of the students, but also the academic and personal development. Emphasis is placed on the ethical responsibility of each participant.
Students are periodically assessed on their attendance and participation in the progam.
What are the requirements of the Service Learning Program?
Students are required to attend the seminars, the debriefing sessions and to keep an up to date reflective journal of their experiences.
Students are required to attend the seminars. The seminars are divided into three general areas: 1) the health system, including traditional medical practices (once a week), 2) the socio-political and psychological issues 3) Language classes, twice a week, depending on the students level.
Students are required to keep a journal in e-mail form and send these to Dr. Christine Gabali (email@example.com). Students will receive feedback at the end of the week. Students are also encouraged to discuss the content of their journals during the debriefing session at the end of the week.
What if I am not conversant in Native language of the site?
Language classes are included in the price of the program. We recommend taking additional classes and studying basic medical conversation before your arrival in the site.
We also recommend taking additional hours of language classes.
What if I am conversant in Native language. Do I still need to take Language lessons?
Depends on how fluent you are, and what you would like to do at the clinic.
I am not a medical student. Do I still need a preceptor sponsor from my undergraduate college?
It depends if you would like to work on a project and receive credits for it.
What day should I arrive? Where should I fly in?
You should arrive about two days before. It is best to arrive on a Friday that way you get a couple of days to acclimatize and prepare for orientation.
You should fly to Mexico City for the South Africa program and Johannesburg for the South Africa Program.
How much leisure time do I have?
You have Friday evenings an Saturday, Sunday off and some weekday evenings. However, it really depends on what you want to do and get out of the experience there.
How much spending money should I bring?
It depends on if you want to buy gifts, and special goodies, and go on excursions, etc. For a month, we recommend $600 in travelers checks to and of course your credit card for any emergency or that I-must-have-that-souvenir.
What to bring?
Clothes, Medicines and Supplies
Be sure to bring your white clinical coat and khaki pants to wear at the Clinic and visiting hospitals. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU WEAR A WHITE COAT AND A CLEAN WHITE POLO/TEE SHIRT AND KHAKI PANTS WORKING AT EITHER THE CLINIC OR HOSPITAL.
It is also important to bring a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, a box of rubber appearances is enforced in all clinics and hospitals in Mexico.
Is there anything special I need to bring?
Bring any medication, sunscreen, insect repellent (mosquitoes), and a Discman for your own sounds.
Is there phone or e-mail access?
Yes, there is a fee for the email. There are internet Cafes downtown that provide internet access. Make sure you have internet type email account like hotmail or yahoo.
Am I covered by Health Insurance?
You will not be covered for health insurance with the IASE program; therefore, it is very important that you have health insurance coverage for the duration of your stay in overseas. Be sure to check with your insurance company before leaving the US to find our their policies for international medical coverage. Whichever health insurance you choose you will stay pay from your own pocket. Upon your return to the US, you will need to send in a claim form to your insurance for the medical services rendered. Most insurance cover what they consider emergency medical conditions. Make sure you know what that means for your insurance. Nevertheless, bring a copy of your policy identity card, and a copy of your claim forms, at least you would have the number in case the insurance company asks for it while on your trip.
Where will I stay during the program?
In South Africa site, you will reside at the University of Pretoria Hammenskraal campus. The students occupy an individual room (singles), with shared bathrooms. All three meals (except for sack lunches) are prepared and served in Hammenskraal cafeteria.
Those students who prefer vegetarian means, or who are allergic to certain foods should let IASE staff know ahead of time (before departure), and inform the Program Coordinator upon arrival. Room and board are included in the program fee. During the weekend, when students are on fieldtrips and are eating in a restaurant/fast food, they will have to pay for their own meals.
Hammenskraal residence has a pool that can be enjoyed during the summer or in the winter depending on the students cold factor. Also available are tennis and basketball courts.
In Mexico sites, students stay with a carefully selected Host family in Cuernavaca and Mazatepec. Students share rooms with other students. Meals are prepared in the residence. Students who prefer vegetarian meals or who are allergic to certain foods should let the Coordinator or the host family know. Both, the Mazatepec and Cuernavaca homestay cost are included in the program fee.