Honduras
Mercer On Mission

About Us

Mercer Missions

Mercer Missions are organized projects encouraged by the school for faculty, staff, and student participation. Projects may last days to weeks in length and may be either part of a curricular offering or voluntary in nature. They are intended to be transformational in their impact on students. All projects are planned with a purpose to serve disadvantaged people by providing education and health care in a direct, culturally sensitive manner, while learning about another country's culture, environment, and health system. Team members are volunteers and are recruited to join a team of pre-professional and health professional school/college students to deliver acute medical care in mobile clinics in rural, underserved areas.

Service is planned where possible to include experiences as a team member, such that each student participates in every aspect of the healthcare process: clinic set-up, patient intake, vital signs, clinic coordination, diagnosis/treatment, pharmacy distribution, and patient education.

Student service is always directly supervised by a faculty member teaching clinical and personal skills vital for a health care provider in the U.S. healthcare system.
  • Actual learning in our clinics involves each student participating in every aspect of the care process.
  • Students become more aware of health disparities when they return to their own surroundings.
  • Students' participation in these projects gives them personal experience that may allow continuation into their professional practice lives.
Group Members

The Mercer On Mission team is composed of a unique combination of undergraduate, nursing, medical, pharmaceutical, and marriage and family therapist students.

Mercer On Mission: Honduras

This particular program is a unique blend of study abroad and service-learning that provides life-changing experiences for students through academic instruction, cultural immersion, meaningful service, and spiritual reflection.

Formal academic courses provide the necessary background of global healthcare service and delivery while focusing on the aspects of the lives of the people receiving service.

The project is organized as a medical team experience that provides the opportunity for future healthcare providers to practice medicine in a team approach, which is a model of healthcare for the future in the U.S.

This is an academic program where each member of the faculty is dedicated to providing the opportunity for each student to learn essential healthcare skills.

The students are chosen from the healthcare professional programs across Mercer University, such as medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and pre-health undergraduates.

The process begins in the fall with advertising and recruiting student participants. After applications are received, a secondary questionnaire is sent to students for additional screening. Recommendations from faculty are sought, and the team is chosen in early January. The orientation program begins in late January with students and faculty attending required monthly meetings.

Details of the course and travel are discussed - there are no surprises when we are ready to depart. Parents are welcome to attend any or all of the meetings, and students are well prepared before the first day of class.

Mercer On Mission academic classes begin meeting for 5 days before leaving the country.
  • There are two academic courses for undergrads: International Service Learning focused on community based learning and a Public Health course that focuses on global health systems and community intervention.
  • Spanish translators take a medical Spanish interpretation course.
  • Academic credit is granted by the students' individual schools.
  • Classes meet 9 A.M. - 4 P.M. daily on the Macon Campus.
  • Students have homework, reading assignments, and research.
  • Students are required to write a final paper and to do a final group presentation.
  • Students develop an electronic media presentation to document their experience and are required to blog about their experience while out of the U.S.
  • Beginning the first day of class, students are required to keep a daily journal.

Several times throughout the course, students are lead by guided journaling questions. Journals are collected and reviewed by faculty periodically when in-country and turned in at the end of the course. Journals are returned after faculty reviews are completed.

Mandatory team meetings are held on most nights where everyone is given an opportunity to reflect on and share their personal experiences.
Honduras Outreach Inc.
While in Honduras, the team will be partnering with an organization called Honduras Outreach Inc. (HOI).  HOI is a Christian organization that is "dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of Honduras" by hosting and assisting mission teams in Honduras.  They have worked for 25 years to "utilize short-term teams to make a long-term impact" on the residents of Agalta Valley in Central Honduras.

For more information on this organization, visit their website:
For more information about Mercer on Mission Honduras, please feel free to contact Mercer On Mission via e-mail at MercerOnMission@mercer.edu or call (478) 301-2992.