The Faculty-Led Program: Colombia
This program offers students in the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Nursing, Health Science and Master of Science in Occupational Therapy a unique way of learning about the profession of health science. Students will visit with faculty and fellow occupational therapy students at two college/university- based occupational therapy programs in Bogota, Colombia. Students will be able to understand the unique philosophy, implementation, and terminology of occupational therapy that is consistent across social, cultural, and economic borders as well as the very different practice arenas for occupational therapy between the United States and Colombia. The itinerary will include a combination of joint classes with occupational therapy students in the two college/university- based occupational therapy programs, visits to hospital and community-based clinical sites, a visit to the Fundacion para la Asistencia de la Niñez Abandonada (FANA) and visits with a tour guide on reserved transportation to multiple cultural sites in Bogota and in the country to the north and the south of Bogota. Accommodation (hotel) is located in Bogota, a section known for shopping, restaurants, and nightlife.
- Visit the campuses and programs and have joint classes with faculty and students from Universidad del Rosario and Escuela Colombiana de Rehabilitacion.
- Reside for three nights in the homes of students from Universidad del Rosario
- Visit various clinical sites with students from Universidad del Rosario
- Visit FANA , an orphanage in Suba Bogota. This will include a tour of the facility and a presentation of gifts we are bringing to the orphanage
- Travel with a local guide and motor coach driver for several excursions including histori Bogota (Monserrate, La Candeleria, Gold Museum, Botero Museum), a salt mine, and a Coffee Plantation with these excursions including lunch at a traditional Colombian restaurant.
- Victoria P. Schindler, PhD, OTR, BCMH, FAOTA, Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy.
- Mary Kientz, OTD, OTR, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy.
- Reside for 6 nights at Madisson Inn Hotel, Bogota, Colombia which is located in the Zona Rosa section of Bogota (specifically near Parque 93) an area known for shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. Hotel accommodations will be double-occupancy.
Travel to Bogota, Colombia – March 2016
Stockton University is providing you with the following information because you will be traveling to a country that is known to have the Zika virus present.
Recently, the World Health Organization has declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention have urged pregnant women in any trimester that they should consider postponing travel to any areas where Zika virus is spreading.
Please read the information contained in the following links from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State on what travelers can do to protect themselves from mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika during and after travel.
- Flight will be with Avianca Airlines, departing and returning to JFK Airport in New York.
- In Colombia we will be traveling with a local guide and motor coach driver for the excursions. Local transportation will be used for transport to the college/university sites and clinical sites.
- Students enroll in OCTH 6161 (Research Synthesis) for the spring semester in which the trip occurs. Students enroll in OCTH 6160 (Research Seminar) for the fall semester prior to the trip. Within these two classes students choose the Colombia Learning Abroad track.
- For OCTH 6160 (fall semester) students will work in pairs to complete projects related to the historical, social and economic aspects of Colombia and how this has influenced the development and practice of occupational therapy and OT research. Students will also complete a pretest quantitative survey and a qualitative journal and analyze this data by the end of the fall semester.
- For OCTH 6161 (spring semester) students will complete a posttest quantitative survey and a qualitative journal, analyze this data, and synthesize it with the data analysis from the previous fall semester.
The total cost for the trip is $2,200*. This includes:
- Transportation (round trip) via Stockton bus to JFK airport
- Airfare (round trip), airport tax & fees
- Overnight accommodations at the hotel
- Full hot and cold breakfast daily, 3 lunches
- Tour guide, entrance fees porterage for 1 luggage per person on arrival & departure at the hotel
- Ground transportation in Colombia
- Overseas Study Fee
As some of the costs above are estimated, any savings will be reimbursed to you at the end of the trip.
Additionally, it is highly recommended that each student purchase travel insurance prior to the trip since these tickets are non-refundable. The travel insurance provided by Gate 1 is $109.00* per person. You will see that it covers multiple unforeseen events interfering with the trip. The link is Travel Protection (Insurance)
Costs not included:
- Some lunches and dinners
- Tips for the bus driver and guide
- Personal expenses such as souvenirs, books, batteries, gifts, etc.
- Tuition and fees for the course accompanying the trip (OCTH 6161)
The total cost of your program is projected at $1,975*. Please take care to observe your required monthly deposits on the program, as outlined below, and other costs not subject to deposit requirements:
May 13 $500
September 30 $369
October 28 $369
November 25 $369
December 16 $368
$200 study abroad fee Charged to your Spring 2018 Bursar bill, becomes a part of your tuition/fees
$150 supplemental You are advised to bring with you to Colombia to cover cost of meals not included in program itinerary
*These costs do not include spending money for additional food and drink or for your personal shopping.
Additionally, the travel agent has given us this information: The airline ticket is Non- refundable once it is issued and will be issued 30 days prior to departure. It cannot be re-used if you do not attend the trip.
Each student must have a valid passport with expiration occurring at least 6 months after the return from the trip (through August). The passport information is due to the travel agency 100 days prior to departure. Read the information in the Itinerary and check dates on your passport. If you need to renew your passport or obtain one, start that process soon.
Cancellation Penalty Schedule:
withdrawal up to November 12 - no penalty
December 5-January 12 - $100 per person (deposit)
January 12-on - $739 per person (100% of air cost)
withdraw up to November 12 - no penalty
November 13-December 3 - $200 per person
December 4-January 11 - $300 per person
January 12-February 11 - $682 per person (75% of land)
February 12-on - $909 per person (100% of land)
Friday, 03/13 - Saturday 03/21
Meet and depart from Stockton. The group will be arriving at JFK Airport approximately 9:00 pm. Depart from JFK to Bogota at midnight
Arrival in Bogota in the morning. Transfer from airport to the hotel (one group transfer)
Hotel: Madisson Inn Hotel, Bogota, Colombia
Arrive in Bogota. Transfer to hotel, check in and rest
Breakfast at hotel. Meet your Local Guide and motor coach, and go to a Coffee Plantation in Fusa
Monday – Thursday
Breakfast at hotel. Multiple sites visit: Universidad del Rosario, Escuela Colombiana de Rehabilitacion and clinical sites. Meetings with faculty, students, visits to clinical sites including hospitals and community sites in which the students complete fieldwork. Tour to the Zipiquria Salt Mine. Visit FANA, an orphanage in Suba Bogota.
Free time on Thursday afternoon
A full day excursion to Monserrate, La Candeleria, Gold Museum, Botero Museum. Lunch included. Also visit and tour University del Rosario main Campus (provided by Universidad del Rosario)
Transfer to the airport for arrival by 8pm.
Arrival at JFK in the morning. Travel to Stockton Main Campus for tentative arrival at 10:00 am.