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  • Locations: San Francisco de Yojoa, Honduras
  • Program Terms: Spring- Embedded
  • Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Program Description:

Program Overview     

NURS 499 - Students and faculty will travel to San Francisco de Yoga, Honduras to Healthy Niños Honduras (healthy site. Healthy Niños Honduras (HNH) staff accompany group during entire stay; to and from airport (San Pedro Sula, Honduras), medical brigades, visit to maternity hospital and local tourist destinations. Student and faculty will stay at HNH mission house for duration of trip, building and grounds are secured in a gated compound, purified water is provided, meals are prepared by HNH staff, students and faculty can assist with meal preparation and clean up. HNH staff visit local communities to determine appropriateness for medical brigade. Medical brigades are arranged by HNH staff with local community leaders and educators. Students and faculty attend a pre-travel orientation, trip information is provided in addition to information regarding cultural customs, safety, food and water security, advice regarding current CDC guidelines for immunizations, malaria prophylaxis, and management of gastro-intestinal illnesses.

AYFCE 211 - Conceptual foundations of public scholarship and orientation to contemporary themes and issues in civic and community engagement. This course uses lectures, case studies, and hands on practice to provide a foundation for students' orientation to public scholarship, civic engagement, and the relationship between learning and democratic practice. Core concepts about democracy in America, the land grant university's historic mission, and about service learning and public scholarship are introduced. Students learn about a range of ways that citizens within the United States as well as in other countries participate in democratic decision making. Students also are introduced to diverse political perspectives and civic practices for different ethnic and cultural groups within the United States and internationally. Civic practices in different parts of the world are embedded in the economic conditions and cultural norms of the particular contexts. Students also are introduced to global citizenship/public issues such as environmental sustainability and labor and educational practices, and learn about opportunities for civic engagement within the U.S. and internationally. A key piece of this course is the student's opportunity to travel to San Pedro Sula, Honduras and participate in a medical brigade trip over spring break. Students in this course who decide to travel will also be more exposed to the sustainability goals, global health, education, poverty and economy, ethical and human rights concerns in global health, culture and its relation to health issues.

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Any pre-requisite courses are established by the faculty leader or department hosting the course.  The following have been listed as pre-requisites for consideration to enroll in this course and travel on the embedded education abroad program:
  • The NURS 499 course is open to nursing students from all campuses.  The AYFCE course is open to all majors at Schuylkill campus only. Please note, nursing and civic and community engagement students will receive priority registration for the class.
  • Admission in the course and permission to travel with the group are at the discretion of the faculty leader and/or academic department hosting the course.
  • Academic standing and disciplinary or conduct issues may impact eligibility.

Housing and Meals

During the embedded travel component, housing will consist of hotel/hostel overnight accommodations.

Program Costs

Students pay regular Penn State tuition (either in-state or out-of-state) for the credits associated with the embedded course.  Travel costs, lodging, meals, excursions, and other fees are determined by the program budget which is set by the program leader.  Please consult the program leader for additional information.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Global Programs administers a scholarship that is specifically designated to support students studying abroad on embedded courses.  The scholarship is competitive, and the deadlines to apply are strictly enforced.  Please review the Embedded Programs Scholarship eligibility, deadlines, and application process.

For More Information

For more information about this course, please contact the program leader: Marianne Adam by emailing or Tina Rose at

How to Apply

 The process for enrolling in an embedded course varies according to the instructor and/or department.  The program leader has indicated that in order to enroll in the course and travel component, students must contact program leader, Marianne Adam or Tina Rose.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.



Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring- Embedded 2020 08/21/2019
Rolling Admission 03/07/2020 03/14/2020
NOTE: The application deadline date is NOT as it appears above. Please contact the Nursing program leader, Marianne Adam, by emailing; or the Civics program leader, Tina Rose, by emailing if you are interested in applying for this embedded program

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