More About NDI Courses

Located on the beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Ometepe Island, this unique course gives health professionals an opportunity to work in an integrative medicine clinic officially within a Ministry of Health system. Naturopathic physicians, integrative MDs, licensed acupuncturists, chiropractors, herbalists, medical students, allied health care professionals, or anyone interested in global health that wishes to volunteer is encouraged to attend one of our 9-day international global service learning trips. Course participants work with naturopathic doctors, local farmers, and collaborate on NDI community outreach projects with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the island culture of Ometepe. Courses are held 4-6 times per year.

What Can I Expect?

What is the “Natural Medicine in Global Health” course like? The NDI program offers participants a one-of-a-kind service learning opportunity to experience the unique combination of Nicaragua, naturopathic  medicine, and teaching methods developed by Paulo Freire. The course combines classes in global economics, naturopathic medicine, global health, combining popular education with medical service learning. Health care practitioners get the opportunity to serve in a tropical medicine setting while while students receive an opportunity to precept.  Non medical participants help in community projects and other clinic services.



How We Teach

Three forms of learning are utilized in our courses: experiential, observation in a medical setting, and didactic. The mixture of preceptorship and community project work allow participants to observe patients and work side-by-side with farmers. Living with locals in their homes give participants a glimpse into the reality of life in a developing country like few experiences offer. Students receive hands-on training working with naturopathic and local doctors and attend classes on global health, economics, and history.




How We Process

It is very important to us that our students not only have an incredible experience, but are given tools to process the experience. NDI group processing sessions allow participants to delve more deeply into issues and feelings that arise in global health situations. These sessions allow participants to more fully integrate their experience when they return home. Daily group check-in, reflection and insights provide additional learning opportunities for participants. Check-ins create a space for participants to share feelings. Reflection sessions raise and discuss difficult questions. Insights focus on sharing sacred/creative/contemplative space where participants can share a moment of silence, prayer, thoughtful contemplation, poem or song. All three exercises create space for participants to integrate and evaluate their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual experience.