Two CNC students will spend the next two weeks studying abroad at Daegu Health College in South Korea.
Teleah Old, 24, a CNC University Transfer student and Chantel Darter, a 20-year-old second-year nursing student, are participating in the Global Student Leadership program with students from around the world.
“It will help my nursing career since Canada is such a diverse country,” said Darter, who is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Northern Collaborative Baccalaureate Nursing Program. “In South Korea, I’ll get to tour their state-of-the-art technical facilities and Daegu’s teaching hospital.”
The 10-day program focuses on communication, leadership and global issues. Students stay in residence, adding to the immersion experience. Besides lectures and group discussions at Daegu, they’ll visit a Buddhist Temple, learn a Korean traditional dance and volunteer at a rehabilitation centre for the disabled.
For Old, who wants to become a dietician, she too expects to learn a lot.
“It’s a chance to understand their culture on their own level and become friends,” she said.
This is the second straight year CNC has offered the Global Student Leadership program, available to all health science students who want to experience a different cultural component in their CNC program. Students only have to pay the cost of their airfare to South Korea. The cost of their tuition, food and residence is covered by Daegu. CNC provides each student a $500 Study Abroad Bursary.
“This kind of program looks good on their resumes,” said Jennifer Wheeler, project planner for CNC’s International Education Department. “Their skills and ability to communicate in a different culture complements their education. They’ll have to do a presentation when they return.”
Old leaves Aug. 1 and returns Aug. 20, while Darter leaves Aug. 5 and returns Aug. 19. Both will also independently tour Seoul while in South Korea.