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Cambodia Study Abroad

Cambodia Mission TripFor more than a decade, students from Belmont University School of Nursing have spent three weeks each summer immersed in Cambodian culture. The study abroad experience explores the impact of Cambodia's genocide on culture, healthcare and social determinants of health in a developing country. While in Phnom Penh, Cambodia students consider the impact of the Sihanouk Hospital Center of HOPE's delivery of free, high-quality care to the poor of Cambodia. Students also partner with non-governmental agencies, such as Freedom's Promise, to provide health screening, health teaching, and episodic health care. The study abroad experience includes opportunities in Phnom Penh, villages in various provinces, and Angkor Temples in Siem Reap. Students earn course credit and/or clinical hours. Students divide their clinical time between the medical and surgical wards, the operating room, the emergency room, the outpatient clinic, and home visits to AIDS patients.

Working with Freedom's Promise provides experiences for Belmont students to engage in the fight against modern slavery and human trafficking, which has a high prevalence in Cambodia because of poverty and limited job opportunities. The Belmont students work with Cambodian children at local schools, as well as with Cambodian adults who have short-term health needs. Belmont students enjoy the enthusiasm of the children, while gaining Insight about the commonalities and differences between people of different nationalities.

Read about the details of these recent trips on the Health Sciences blog.


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