Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Antoinette (right) with the residents at Casa Para Ancianos Arturomundet
The health sciences have always been a passion for Antoinette Hays.
This ambitious ECU student is currently completing a one month short-term study program at La Salle University, Mexico, where she is learning about healthcare systems in developing countries.
For Antoinette, the experience has been a real eye opener.
“Mexico is a very vibrant city – something is always happening,” Antoinette said.
The experience has seen her take part in a number of diverse experiences – from learning about Mexican history, healthcare programs and disability policies to embarking on walking tours and visiting local hospitals.
One of the highlights of her trip is meeting the residents at local elderly health care centre, Casa Para Ancianos Arturomundet.
“It was a great experience! We helped them with their physical activities and craft. They even sung us a couple of Spanish songs and we entertained them with the Australian National Anthem.”
The one-month program is organised through the Australian Institute for Mobility Overseas (AIM Overseas) who specialise in providing intensive overseas short courses to university students.
Antoinette was chosen to receive this fee-free place, offered by AIM Overseas on their Mexico program. She is also receiving an ECU subsidy and an OS-Help loan to cover her travel expenses.
Antoinette is joined by 10 other students from across Australia for this overseas study adventure.
“Being a third world country presents a few challenges, however it’s certainly very interesting and makes me really appreciate Australia,” Antoinette said.
The Public Health Program in Mexico is just one example of the opportunities available for ECU students to study overseas as part of their degree.
For more information and to view available overseas study opportunities visit the ECU International webpage.