James Cook University Nursing student Savannah Anderson arrived back in Australia after taking part in the JCU Global Mobility Program at the end of 2018.
The program provides nursing students the opportunity to put their skills to the test in diverse settings while contributing to a developing community.
The 22-year-old registered for a placement trip to Yogyakarta in Indonesia and was accepted in November 2018.
Ms Anderson said the program gives nursing students the opportunity to gain international experience as well as insight into other cultures.
"While I was in Yogyakarta, I helped local nursing and medical services to deliver community health strategies," Ms Anderson said.
“I was immersed in the language and culture, and at the same time gained valuable work experience."
After attending orientation at the Nursing Faculty of the local university, Ms Anderson helped local community members learn about reducing hypertension through massage, went on home visits with medical and nursing staff, and attended a vocational school to discuss topics such as the dangers of smoking, and the dangers of driving.
"We spoke about disabilities resulting from accidents, among other things."
"On the last day we attended a primary school to discuss with the children the importance of brushing their teeth properly and washing their hands," she said.
Ms Anderson would like to encourage other nursing students to consider the program.
"Be open minded about the differences between our healthcare systems and their way of life. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and experience new things.
"There were a few students that pulled out because they thought they might not be able to cope without the luxuries we have at home.
"Although we were rural and there were differences in the facilities, there was still running water, showers, toilets, and phone signal," she said.
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