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After the very first day in Belize, I knew I had made the right decision to partake in the International Service Learning Program through NSCC International. I have already been able to demonstrate many of my skills as I worked in the Triage room at The Hillside Health Care Centre in Punta Gorda, Belize. I was able to admit patients, take pulse, blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and other vitals. Meeting with many different cultures was fantastic. I got to meet local patients, as well as people from Canada and the United States, who were either travelling or now living in Belize. The NSCC faculty has been amazing, and all the staff locally have been very welcoming. I am looking forward to all the other clinical experiences that have been lined up for me. These include travelling to homes to offer healthcare, and travelling to isolated areas where healthcare is not available. I know that through this amazing experience, I will be able to go home and tell possible employers the great cultural experience that I was able to participate in. With Canada being such a multicultural nation, I feel it is important to be able to understand various cultures and experiences. I am confident this will add to my skills as a nurse and healthcare provider. If others are considering this program in the future, I highly recommend it-the opportunities are endless!

Stephen Filek

Licensed Practical Nursing Student

NSCC, Waterfront Campus

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