Good evening, My name is Ethan Sommerfeld and I'm trying to raise fund for an educaitonal trip this summer to South Africa to study nursing practices and diffrences between American Healthcare and Healthcare in Africa.
You can view more about this trip right here (click here).
This trip is through a program called International Scholar Laureate, and I was nominated by being a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
The trip is a week long experience displaying the diffrences between public and private health, and how nursing affects groups experiencing a pandemic. The trip takes place in Johannesburg and Durban. It includes daily meetings with the team and learning/training sessions, as well as experincing history and current nusing practices.
The program itself costs $3,495 which includes 2 meals a day, all hotel costs, all transportation cost within the program, including all tips/taxes etc. It does not include travel to and from South Africa. The airfare to get to and from South Africa will be approximately $1,700 (give or take for flight cost fluxuation).
My goal is to provide $2,500 of the funding myself, and fundraising the remainding $2,700.
The program's payment can either be paid in full upon enrolling, or paid in installments. My installment plan is as follows: $500 deposit upon enrollment (I will be enrolling in early February pending any news on being awarded scholarships.) The first installment of $1,507.50 is due on March 15th, and the second and final payment will be due on April 15th. Airfare can be purchased at any time, and my current airfare prices are $649.73 to South Africa and the return trip is $761.46.
The overlying goal of this trip is to experience African health care as it is my dream to return to Africa after I finish school to serve as a missionary, whether it be short term or long term. Knowing more about the health systems in Africa would be greatly beneficial to this goal.
The program's final payment (just from the tuition of $3,495) is due by the end of April, and the flights should be booked by then as well to get the best prices and times.
I cannot say enough how grateful I would be for your help! Even if it's only a few dollars, any amount would be amazing!