Global Health Nursing Fellowship

We are excited to announce our new 2016 dates for our Global Health Nursing Fellowship (GHNF), designed for nursing professionals looking to gain experience in international medicine and global health.

GHNF takes a multi-faceted approach to understanding healthcare in the developing world. As a Fellow, you will gain a multidimensional perspective into medicine across several institutional settings, such as government-run hospitals, local health posts, and FIMRC clinics. You will also increase your knowledge of national and international guidelines for care of children and adolescents. You will also continue to improve upon your nursing skills through a combination of hospital and clinic rotations followed by skills tests - these skills test will be directly related to your current level of education and experience. Lastly, you will gain invaluable experience in providing ethically and culturally sensitive care through providing care to children and their families in an international setting.

Not only will you have the opportunity to work in a clinical setting, but you will also have the responsibility of executing public health campaigns within the community. Fellows will have the opportunity to make use of their clinical knowledge to make strong preventative health recommendations, build health education sessions appropriate to the population and utilize knowledge accrued in the classroom setting in Limón and the surrounding communities.

Clinical Exposure

Fellows will have the unique opportunity to experience the local health system both public and private through working in our own FIMRC clinic, government run health posts, and a local hospital. The aim is to provide a well-rounded experience that allows for immersion at multiple levels and with differing degrees of responsibility. As a nursing professional, you will have the opportunity to interact with patients at all locations.

Global Health

Public health initiatives range from home visits, delivery of health education sessions in local schools or assisting with follow-up CPR and first aid classes. Based on current community needs, participants will work alongside staff to provide long term sustainable solutions to the specific health challenges presented in each community. As such, initiatives vary greatly by project site, time of year and your area of expertise. 

Learning Modules

Each week, Fellows will progress through a curriculum developed to provide a unique and challenging learning experience. Areas of focus may include: FIMRC Programs and Outreach, Cultural Influences on Health Behavior, Growth and Development, Women's Healthcare, and more. Depending upon the needs or interests of Fellows on-site, the curriculum can be tailored; however, the end goal is always for a better understanding of international medicine and public health.  

Below you will find a sample week from the Global Health Nursing Fellowship. This itinerary has been made to provide a clear, general impression of the way volunteer time is spent. Please note, however, that in order to ensure that your Fellowship has the greatest, most relevant impact on the clinic and community, the schedule may change based on current needs and your length of stay (should you choose to participate in two sessions, for example).


Sample Itinerary








Depart homestay

Depart homestay

Depart homestay

Depart homestay

Depart homestay

8:00 - 12:00

Training Module: Effective evaluation measurements of community based projects

Develop health education materials

Deliver health education in local high school

Nutrition counseling for diabetes program

Clinical rotation at hospital

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch in community

Lunch in community

Lunch in community

Lunch in community


1:00 - 5:00

Patient intake: Women's Health Program

Learning Module: Nutrition and endocrine diseases for public health programming

Nutrition session with prenatal patients via home visits

Work in clinic for Pediatric Health Program

Hospital rotation and reflection session

As with all of our programs, our team is happy to work with you to tailor GHNF rotations to try and meet any requirements for continued education and personal goals and interests. Throughout the duration of your stay as a Fellow, you will work alongside a US Registered Nurse with experience working both in the US as well as in Nicaragua.

The Global Health Nursing Fellowship for 2016 and 2017 is available for the following months

  • April
  • September
  • November

The cost of GHNF for a single four-week session is $3326. The cost of your program includes the program donation that supports our project sites, housing accommodations within our homestay family network, airport pick up/drop off and transportation to/from project site during volunteer days, as well as three meals per day. Excursions and trips for non-volunteer related activities as well as the associated costs are the responsibility of the volunteer. Airfare is not included.

All program donations are tax-deductible, and go toward the cost of providing patient care and medicines at all of our project sites, partner hospitals, and clinics, while maintaining the staffing and infrastructure necessary to provide quality volunteer experiences for our program participants. GHNF rates are significantly discounted from our standard per-week rates in order to make our program more financially accessible.

To begin the enrollment process, please fill out the Information Request Form or contact us directly at with your preferred session. We encourage you to contact us as soon as possible, as spaces are limited. We look forward to hearing from you!