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Faculty-led Trips

Healthcare in Peru

May-June Annually
Application deadline February 1
All students may apply

The program is open to students in all healthcare professions and provides an experience in global healthcare in the Amazon region of Peru. Students apply assessment skills in planning and providing healthcare to individuals and communities. The program provides an excellent opportunity to analyze the cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors that can influence healthcare. Field trips include an excursion on the Amazon River and 2 nights in the jungle, and a visit to the Sacred Valley of the Inca and the Machu Picchu ruins nestled on the eastern slopes of the Vilcanota mountain range.

Read the students’ blog from the 2019 Healthcare in Peru experience.


Bonnie Sarkinen, MN, ARNP, NP-C

Sarah Griffith, MPA, RN

Luke Rice, Pharmacy

Hearts in Motion

March trips annually

This program is an opportunity for students to work with the nonprofit organization Hearts In Motion whose mission is to provide care and medical treatment for children, families, and communities through its programs and sponsorships in the U.S. and Central and South America. This particular mission includes 4 main activities, and students will be expected to participate in all of them in some way, be it as translators or helpers: cleft lip and palate/plastic surgery, medical and dental clinics, ongoing construction in the HIM nutrition center, and work at the school and day care center.


Amy Meredith, PhD
Speech and Hearing for Hearts in Motion Program

Robbie Jackson
Eastern Washington University

IWATE Prefectural University Study Tour

WSU College of Nursing Spokane hosts nursing students from Iwate Prefectural University (IPU) in Morioka, Japan

The IPU Study Tour is an annual, co-sponsored international study and practice tour with WSU College of Nursing faculty and students in Spokane hosting nursing students from Iwate Prefectural University in Morioka, Japan. The visiting nursing students have the chance to spend more than a week engaging in clinical learning activities, campus events, and regular courses with College of Nursing students.

The Iwate exchange program enhances the classroom and clinical experience of WSU and IPU students by introducing them to new cultures and encouraging interaction and learning. Program participants are faced with communication barriers and learn how to effectively overcome those barriers by using translators and other resources. All participating students gain insight into how different healthcare systems are organized and exchange information on healthcare issues and topics.

Interested WSU College of Nursing students can volunteer to participate in this program or host visiting students/faculty.


Jo Ann Dotson, PhD, RN