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Greyhounds Go Global

Stepping out of your comfort zone can bring amazing rewards and unforgettable experiences. That’s what University of Indianapolis students realized after registering for spring term trips in 2019. Dozens embarked on faculty-led trips to Barbados, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, England, Ghana, Peru, and Spain.

Ghana

The eighth annual Spring Term trip to Ghana incorporated healthcare components for the first time. In addition to observing local clinics, nursing students addressed high-priority needs by teaching wound care and CPR techniques, malaria prevention, and even brushing teeth.

The UIndy group was also able to provide funding to build a primary school in the town of Papase, dedicating the classrooms and teaching local children.

Spain

Students and faculty completed a walking pilgrimage along El Camino de Santiago across northern Spain to the Tomb & Cathedral of St. James. The journey through 100 towns & villages took 3 weeks on foot.

“Feet will heal. Memories last forever.”
– Hillary Carnall ’21 (exercise science/pre-physical therapy)

Peru

“This was my first time out of the country and it was more than I could’ve asked for! Going to Machu Picchu was just breathtaking.”
– Storm Hunt ’20 (psychology)

France & England

Students gained deeper insights into cultures and world views of British and French communities through activities that built bridges (no pun intended).

“I went into this trip not really knowing anyone and having no idea what to expect in a different country. I have come out of this trip with an open mind, new friends and a sense of independence.”
– Alison Muckerheide ’21 (public health education & promotion)

Ecuador

“It was eye-opening to see how the Ecuadorian people lived so differently from us. They don’t have many material things but were still filled with an abundance of joy and gratitude for the things they do have. We didn’t speak the same language, but I could feel a connection with the patients we saw and how much our service meant to them!”
– Kerigan Wesseler ’19 (nursing)

Why Study Abroad?

– Study during summer, spring, or fall
– Earn from 3-15 additional course credits

UIndy offers many study-abroad opportunities that allow you to develop the cross-cultural skills that are in high demand by employers. From spring and summer term trips to semester and year-abroad programs, you’ll learn more about yourself and how you can be successful in an increasingly global society. For most students, studying abroad and immersing oneself in international culture promotes high-level language proficiency, provides practical cultural understanding and results in great memories that last a lifetime. 

Visit uindy.edu/center-for-global-engagement to learn more.