Developing cultural sensitivity through study abroad


Johns, A. & Thompson, C. W. (2010). Developing cultural sensitivity through study abroad. Home Health Care Management & Practice, 22, 344-348.


This article is a case study of a study abroad programme in Guatemala for Student Nurses from the York College of Pennsylvania (USA). The author focuses on the programme's impact on student's cultural sensitivity. The programme was organised in partnership with a local church organisation experienced in sending medical teams to developing countries. The author explains that through the study abroad, the student goals were identified to be developing cultural sensitivity through immersion in two different cultural groups within the country. Additionally, the student’s goals were to be able to meet the community health course clinical objectives. The author describes that students’ written reflections included descriptions of how the trip was “life changing” and altered their view of the health care system, their understanding of the relationship between health and poverty, and their awareness of their own cultural behaviour norms that  reflect materialism and waste.

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