Niagara College students go the distance to make a difference in Honduras 

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A group of 17 students from NC’s Practical Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Dental Assistant programs joined forces for an International Field Study in October, where they applied skills they gained in the classroom to help the underprivileged in Honduras.

The students departed for Honduras on October 22, to work alongside the Hope Centre, a refuge for underprivileged and abandoned children in Honduras’ capital city of Tegucigalpa.

During the trip, the students completed outreach activities to give students a chance to immerse themselves in the community and culture. They visited four communities where they conducted home visits and taught health care practices including first aid, food handling, healthy eating and oral hygiene to children and families. For many of them, this was most treatment they have had in years, as many of them could not otherwise afford visits to the doctor or dentist.

“In addition to helping communities, our goal is to help NC students expand their horizons and give them a chance to see a little bit of the world while learning about how medical care is delivered in other countries,” said School of Nursing and Personal Support Worker professor Mark Grabner. “It’s a great learning experience for the students and communities alike.”

This was one of several International Field Studies experiences that took place during fall reading week. Groups of NC students also travelled to the Dominican Republic, Philadelphia and Florida as part of the College’s signature Be World Ready program.

To read more about the field study and the Be World Ready program, click here. Or you can read one student’s experience here.