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Spanish-Nursing Major Lends Helping Hand in Ecuador

Spanish-Nursing Major Lends Helping Hand in Ecuador

Monday, March 1, 2010
Reprinted with permission of the author.

If you were to ask Abbie Hunhoff what she did over mid-term break her answer might surprise you. While many students were enjoying the break from classes, the Augustana College junior nursing major and Yankton High School graduate was spending two weeks in Ecuador, working in a hospital and orphanage — and at the same time, possibly discovering a career path beyond nursing.

"I went with six other nursing majors from Augustana along with our nursing advisor Vickie Reiff,” Hunhoff said. “There are small groups that go on trips every year, depending on what the professors plan. ... I was talking to my professor and she was talking about this trip, and I said I would be very interested in going if they went during my senior year. She kind of looked at me and said, ‘You are a Spanish major, too right?’ So she pulled some strings and Augustana let me do a pilot program this year."

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Abbie Hunhoff in Ecuador