Mike has received the opportunity of a lifetime - an invitation from the International Scholar Laureate Program to attend a two week nursing and healthcare study in China (Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai).
The program cost is $3995 (which includes accommodations, meals and transportation between cities). It does not include $1200 for the flight or several hundred dollars of other personal costs. Since Mike is a full-time student and does not work, this trip would be financially impossible for our family of 3. We will be considering other fund-raising options and Mike has applied for a scholarship that we hope could cover a portion of the costs.
This trip which offers highlights such as China's Evolving Medical Environment, Traditional Chinese Medicine in Practice, Chinese University Simulation & Labs, Urban vs Rural Healthcare, tours of local hospitals and even cultural experiences like student meetings and a tour of the Great Wall. It would be the kind of experience that could shape his career and change his life!
Mike is currently an honor student (Phi Theta Kappa) working on his nursing degree. He is a motivated and involved student, whose time is also occupied by his young daughter and wife. The road hasn't been easy for Mike, whose ADD and tumultuous home life caused him to struggle in school. He dropped out of High School and didn't return to his education until he decided he had to commit himself to not just a degree, but a commitment to learning to be the best nurse he could.
Our family feels this trip is essential for Mike, so we will try anything to make it possible. We appreciate any contribution you can make, every dollar brings him closer to China!
- Reina Arai
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