Sixteen Catholic University students spent their spring break in Puerto Rico applying skills they’ve acquired through the Spanish for Health Care program. The group — which consisted of mostly nursing students and one psychology and brain science major — traveled the island as an “intercultural clinical practicum” of the program directed by Jennifer Maxwell, instructor in modern languages and literatures. They were accompanied by Maxwell and Rebecca Robert, assistant professor of nursing.
The students served Spanish-speaking communities in many ways by working at free health fairs, serving the homeless on the streets, and by visiting the homes of the elderly in remote locations.
“This experience has further taught me the importance of compassionate care,” rising senior Mary Kate Higley said. “A gentle touch, smile, or simple hello can truly go a long way.”