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  • Locations: Asuncion, Paraguay
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
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Drexel Summer Break in Paraguay: Community Health Clinical Intensive

CNHP Paraguay

Program Overview

Drexel On-Line Nursing offers an entry-level Global Nursing opportunity in collaboration with OutreachPARAGUAY. OutreachPARAGUAY is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to engage participants in varied and meaningful outreach to the people of Paraguay while simultaneously providing all participants with an enriching cross-cultural experience and to assist in the development of mutual respect and friendship between the people of Paraguay and the United States.

The Goals of the Drexel Global Nursing Experience are:

  • Expose students to a different culture, customs, and traditions
  • Challenge students to explore and broaden their understanding of Cultural Sensitivity, Cultural Humility, and Global Citizenship
  • Provide students with an opportunity to observe the Public Healthcare System in Paraguay at the regional and local level
  • Provide students with an opportunity to identify and discuss health determinants in resource-poor communities in Paraguay
  • Provide students with an opportunity to support local health care initiatives in collaboration with Paraguayan nursing colleagues and other medical professionals
  • Encourage students to play a more active role, both professionally and personally, in advocacy for vulnerable, culturally diverse members of their own community


Once students are accepted into the program they will be required to attend 2-3 on-line collaborate sessions aimed at preparing students for travel to Paraguay.  These sessions are facilitated by OutreachPARAGUAY staff and are separate from course collaborate sessions.

Students must enroll in N375 Community Health Nursing course for spring term. Spanish language skills are not required but are preferred.

Kristen Altdoerffer, DNP, CRNP, CPNP-PC, Assistant Clinical Professor

Program CalendarCNHP Paraguay 2

Departure Date: June 9, 2016
Return Date: June 22, 2016
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Itinerary Overview
*Minor schedule changes may be necessary and are at the discretion of the OutreachPARAGUAY staff.

Day 1 

 Depart USA

Day 2 

 Arrive in ASU

 Travel to Travel to Caazapá

 Explore town of Caazapá

 Tour of Regional Hospital

Day 3 - Day 8 

 Service Learning Projects:

  • Diabetes & Hypertension Screening Program
  • Preventative Healthcare Education in the
    Elementary School
  • Hospital Renovations
  • Home Visits
  • Evenings: Experience the culture and traditions
    of Paraguay!

Day 9 

 Depart for Ciudad del Este 

 Tour of Itaipu Hydroelecric Dam

Day 10 

 ALL DAY EXCURSION: Foz de Iguazu/Brazil

 Lunch on own

 Depart for Caaguazú

Day 11 

 Spend the morning in Caaguazú

 Afternoon departure for Asuncion

Day 12

 Scavenger hunt and shopping in Asuncion

 Lunch on own


 Farewell Dinner

Day 13 

 Depart for USA

Day 14 

 Arrival USA

Program Fee - $2600 for 2016CNHP Paraguay Group

Included in Program Fee:

  • Round trip airfare New York/Asuncion
  • Accommodations
  • Most meals
  • Onsite transport and programming
  • Translation services
  • On Call Emergency Evacuation Insurance
  • Excursion to Itaipu Hydroelectric Dam and Foz de Iguazu National Park

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Passport: $135
  • Reciprocity Fee for Paraguay: $160
  • Visa (Brazil) OR Reciprocity fee (Argentina): $160
  • Three meals on own: $75
  • Spending money: $150
  • Transport to/from JFK airport (variable)
  • Drexel tuition for the related course

More Information

  • Travel Preparation
    • CDC Health Information: As of January 2016 there are no required vaccines for those traveling from the USA to Paraguay. Please periodically review the CDC website for updates and recommendations.  Each participant is responsible for obtaining vaccines prior to travel.
    • Visa & Reciprocity Requirements
      • PARAGUAY: DO NOT apply for VISA or Reciprocity Fee until instructed by OutreachPARAGUAY.  
        All participants are required to have a passport, valid for 6 months beyond departure date. As of 1/2016, a visa is required for entrance in to Paraguay for all US Nationals, which costs $160. Visas can be obtained prior to departure from the US or in the airport in Asuncion, Paraguay. Please refer to specific instructions on the Paraguayan Embassy webpage. A visa can be obtained in person, in the US, and is valid for the length of the passport.  It can also be obtained in the Paraguayan Airport in Asuncion.  When obtained in ASU, the visa is valid only for a 90-day period and must be paid for in cash with US Dollars. Participants must ensure they have $160 cash on their person for arrival in Paraguay.
      • ARGENTINA or BRAZIL: US Nationals will NOT be permitted to enter Paraguay, Brazil, or Argentina without the required Visa or evidence of Reciprocity Fee payment. Participants will be traveling to Foz de Iguazu National Park.  If the group visits the national park and water fall on the Argentine side, all participants will be required to pay a reciprocity fee prior to leaving the US and must have a copy of their receipt in order to cross the border into Argentina. If the group will be visiting the national park and water fall on the Brazilian side, all participants will be required to obtain a visa prior to leaving the US. Please refer to specific instructions on the Argentine Embassy or Brazilian Embassy webpage (check your Consulate Jurisdiction). 
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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.