Study Abroad

  About

Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Institute:

Study Abroad Program

Philosophy:

The Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine (AIM) Institute in partnership with Acute Care Education (ACE) offers an Acupuncture Certificate Program for Nurse Practitioners. However, it is our goal to expand and explore many of the other traditional world medicines, that like Traditional Chinese Medicine explores the human experience through the lens of nature, long forgotten traditions and the human connection to nature. Our primary study abroad program focuses on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and will be offered annually at the end of each of the certificate programs in the spring. But future programs will include many unique traditional medicines that may or may not be as wide spread. We encourage any practitioner or any person from a medical or nursing background with an interest in traditional healing to join us as we coordinate annual excursions to places around the globe that can enhance not only your knowledge of medical traditions but expand your own healing experience.

Even though education is our focus, safety will be a top priority. Prior to traveling, extensive preparation and pre-travel education will be provided so that experienced and in-experienced travelers will be comfortable with traveling abroad. The course schedule will offer ample time for activities to enjoy the culture and beauty of locations visited and ensure participants get to experience the food and traditions of the country. The curriculum will include lectures on specific clinical disorders given by experts in the field, visits to traditional clinics to observe patient care and treatments and discussions of cultural challenges in health care.

Each course will be seven (7)- ten (10) days. Classes will be offered in the morning, with various clinic visits and cultural activities scheduled for the afternoon. Air, transport and accommodations will be coordinated by AIM Institute. Preparatory seminars and online course work will be held prior to travel.

 

Potential Future Courses of Study and Enrollment Dates:

April 2020- Shanghai China: Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

October 2020 – Melbourne, Australia: Aboriginal Medicine

Potential Future Programs of Study:

  • Seoul, Korea: Korean Acupuncture
  • Hong Kong, China: Integrative Medicine
  • Athens, Greece: Asklepion (Asclepius) Medicine 
  • Dublin, Ireland: Celtic Medicine
  • New Delhi, India: Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii: Hawaiian Medicine
  • Native American Medicine

 

CE and credits:

Our programs are accredited by Acute Care Education (ACE) and are approved for continuing education hours. CE’s are available for (all medical professionals, including nurse practitioners, nurses….) Hours are contingent upon the length of the course, successful completion of the study abroad course and completion of post trip evaluation.

  Travel Syllabus

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Shanghai, China 2020

Transportation cost (to and from the airport and hospital) and museum admission fees will be provided.

Tuition Cost: $1,300.00

Additional Cost:

Travel Insurance (TBA)
Airfare and Accommodations (TBA)
Visa (TBA)

Note: The Traditional Chinese Medicine course is primary designed for students who have completed the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine: Acupuncture Certificate Program and thus include several days of clinical observation and didactic training. However, those with some knowledge or interest are welcomed to participate as well.

Open House Information Briefing:

Saturday, 07 September 2019 at 3:00-5:00 pm

Acacia Acupuncture
1800 Cooper Point Road, Building 15, Olympia WA
360-539-5222

Full Tuition Deadline – 01 December 2019
Full Travel Cost Deadline - 01 January 2020

60 Day Information Briefing – Saturday 29 February 2020
30 Day Information Briefing - Saturday 28 March 2020

1 Week Check In – Saturday 18 April 2020
Departure – Friday 24 April 2020
Return – Monday 04 May 2020

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Shanghai, China Itinerary April 2020

Suggested completion of the AIM Inst. Acupuncture Certificate Program

Package Includes:

Transportation
Entrance fees to guided tours and museums

Package Excludes:

Meals (lunch & dinner)
Travel Insurance
International flights and visa
Personal expenses and gratuities

Itinerary:

April 24: Seattle Departure, April 25: Arrival in Shanghai, China

With consideration to the time change in eastern flights upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be met by Dr. Henry Li (scholar of TCM from Shanghai University) with transportation to your hotel and provided a brief safety and welcome briefing. After that, time will be allowed for resting until dinner where you will be introduced to the wonderful cuisine of China

 

April 26: City and Museum Tour:

This day will be spend exploring the city from the mystical and ancient tea gardens, while exploring the history of the Bund with world class shopping, and the Shanghai Chinese History Museum (fees and lunch at the world-famous Shanghai dumpling house included)

 

April 27-28 Hospital Observation and Lecture:

During the next several days, the mornings will be spent observing Traditional Chinese Medicine Practices in several clinical setting and following lunch, didactic lectures covering a wide range of TCM theory and practical applications of TCM will be provided by experience clinicians in the hotel or hospital classroom.

 

April 29-30: Travel to the ancient city of Yongkang:

Yongkang is the home of Dr. Li’s ancestral family clinic and provides an opportunity to experience the foundation of TCM and the practice of medicine with overnight accommodations in a traditional Chinese inn. Adding an additional day of clinical observation and visit to a TCM clinic.

 

May 01: Travel back to Shanghai:

While traveling back to Shanghai we will visit the Venice of China in the city of Wuzhen, during the National holiday to experience the festive atmosphere of waterways and celebration.


May 02-03: morning seminars and personal time:

For the final two days in China, you will be given the opportunity to explore and experience the many other attractions of Shanghai. Providing time to visit tailoring shops, explore more of the cuisine and take time for tea.


May 04: Departure back to Seattle:

 

Important notes:

Airfare is non-refundable after purchase of the tickets, unless you purchase individual travel insurance which refunds the price of the ticket.
Tuition refunds are available up until 30 days prior to the start date. After that time a 50% charge will be applied.

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Greek Medicine: Study Abroad Itinerary SEPTEMBER 2020
Pre-enroll in the Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World Course at https://www.futurelearn.com

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

4 nights hotel accommodation in Santorini island
3 nights hotel accommodation in Naxos island
3 nights hotel accommodation in Athens
5 hour private catamaran sunset Caldera cruise, including BBQ meal and local wine
Half day private Athens guided sightseeing tour
Full day private guided tour to Mycenae, Epidaurus and Askleipios sanctuary
Air tickets Athens to Santorini
Fast ferry tickets Santorini – Naxos – Athens
All transfers as mentioned
Entrance fees during guided sightseeing
Daily breakfast
24 hour assistance phone number
All taxes* (see important notes on last page)

PACKAGE EXCLUDES:

Meals (lunch & dinner), unless specified in the above “package includes”

  •  Travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities

ITINERARY:

SEPTEMBER 11: ATHENS / SANTORINI
Arrival in Athens. Connecting flight to Santorini. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel
Balance of day at leisure.

SEPTEMBER 12: SANTORINI PRIVATE CATAMARAN SUNSET CRUISE



Morning free to explore the island. In the afternoon join the 5 hour private catamaran sunset cruise along the
caldera. Whilst taking in the striking landscape of the Santorinian sunset you can also enjoy swimming,
sunbathing and snorkeling in private bays like the famous volcanic hot springs. Satisfy your appetite with
famous Greek dishes, enjoy a rich barbecue on board, with fresh seafood and taste not only our culinary skills
but also the history of Santorini which will amaze you and the cultural diversity which will intrigue you.

SEPTEMBER 13 & 14: SANTORINI



Days at leisure to enjoy the sun, the unforgettable view and the most romantic sunset in the world. Santorini is
the essence of a Greek island, where sea meets weather-beaten rock and colors are bold and elemental. Bluedomed chapels stand on hilltops; houses are simple white cubes, sunset’s flamboyant orange. The half-moon
island, with its rearing cliffs and dramatic outlooks, is all that remains of a huge volcanic explosion. Inland,
fertile soils provide a softer landscape of silvery olive trees, fields of tomatoes and neatly pegged vineyards
that produce sweet amber-colored wine. Optional tours available.

SEPTEMBER 15: SANTORINI / NAXOS
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your high speed ferry to Naxos. Upon arrival,
transfer to your hotel.

SEPTEMBER 16 & 17: NAXOS



Naxos features especially fertile soil and produces enormous crops of both olives and grapes, and its very own
Naxian wine. With charming mountain villages, superb beaches and endless Greek sunshine, it is easy to see
why the island has become so popular. The island has plenty to see and do: the highest mountains in the
Cyclades, intriguing fertile central valleys, a spectacular north coast and long, marvelously sandy beaches in
the southwest. Optional tours available.

SEPTEMBER 18: NAXOS / ATHENS
At the indicated time you will be transferred to the port for your high speed ferry to Athens. Upon arrival in
Athens you will be transferred to your hotel.

SEPTEMBER 19: ATHENS GUIDED CITY TOUR



Morning sightseeing tour of Athens. The striking contrast between breathtaking monuments of a glorious past
and modern elegant structures is what you will enjoy during your tour of Athens. Visit the Acropolis,the
crowning beauty and glory of Ancient Athens, with its many monuments atop its rocky base, including the
awesome Parthenon, the Propylea, the temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, with its Porch of Maidens.
Drive to the Roman Temple of Olympic Zeus, the Panathinaikon Stadium(site of the first modern Olympic
Games in 1896), the Tomb of the unknown Soldier in front of the Parliament House on Constitution Square.
See views of government buildings and elegant structures of the 19th century. Drive along Panepistimiou
Avenue and view the Catholic Cathedral, the Academy, University, National Library. In contrast, conclude your
tour with a visit to the new Acropolis museum, a marvel of architecture with a full exhibition of the glory of
Ancient Athens. Afternoon at leisure.

SEPTEMBER 20: FULL DAY TOUR TO EPIDAURUS AND MYCENAE



Drive along the coastal road of the Saronic gulf, reach the Corinth canal(short stop) and continue
to Mycenae, visit the remains of the ancient city, including the Lions Gate, the tomb of Agamenmon and the
Palace.

Then drive through Argos to Nauplia . After lunch, short stop in Nauplia , free time to walk and stroll in the old
city (first Capital of Greece 1830s) .

Then we continue our tour by visiting Ancient Epidaurus and its theater, famous for its remarkable acoustics plus the museum. The shrine of Asklepios, the god of medicine, developed out of a much earlier cult of Apollo (Maleatas), during the 6th century BC at the latest, as the official cult of the city state of Epidaurus. Its principal monuments, particularly the temple of Asklepios, the Tholos and the Theatre - considered one of the purest masterpieces of Greek architecture – date from the 4th century.

SEPTEMBER 21: ATHENS / AIRPORT

According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport. END OF SERVICES

PACKAGE PRICE WITHOUT INTERNATIONAL AIR FARE:
The price for the above package, in 2020, is Euro 2020 per person including tax.*

Suggested accommodation:

Santorini: El Greco hotel (4 star), Double rooms
Naxos: Naxos resort (3 star superior), Double rooms
Athens: Athenian Callirhoe hotel (4 star), Double rooms
*My offer is based on 10 persons travelling.

Important Notes:
- The package price does not include international airfare
- We charge you in Euros, and your bank will convert the amount to US Dollars, based on that day’s exchange rate.
- The itinerary is flexible – it can start any day you prefer and can be changed to fit your requirements
- The above is an offer only. We have not made any reservations, and accommodation at the above hotels is subject to availability at date of reservation
- If you have a different budget, or prefer alternative accommodation, please inform me and I will be happy to provide a revised quote
- *Hotel overnight tax: An overnight tax will be charged to the travelers upon arrival in all hotels. This tax is not included in above package price, and needs to be settled in cash by the travelers directly to the hotels. Tour operators cannot prepay this tax on behalf of their customers.

Standard Payment terms:
30% deposit of total amount is required to book.
Remaining amount is due 60 days prior to your arrival date.
We accept payment by credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), or bank transfer

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Once a partial or full payment has been made, cancellations will only be accepted in writing (email or
fax), and are in effect 24 hours after the date we receive them.
Cancellations up to 45 days prior to arrival: 15% charge of total package price.
Cancellations 45 to 30 days prior to arrival: 25% charge of total package price
Cancellations 29 to 21 days prior to arrival: 40% charge of total package price
Cancellations 20 to 08 days prior to arrival: 80% charge of total package price
Cancellations 07 days or less prior to day of arrival, & no-show: No refund

  Current Trips

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Shanghai, China 2020

Transportation cost (to and from the airport and hospital) and museum admission fees will be provided.

Tuition Cost: $1,300.00

Additional Cost:

Travel Insurance (TBA)
Airfare and Accommodations (TBA)
Visa (TBA)

Note: The Traditional Chinese Medicine course is primary designed for students who have completed the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine: Acupuncture Certificate Program and thus include several days of clinical observation and didactic training. However, those with some knowledge or interest are welcomed to participate as well.

Open House Information Briefing:

Saturday, 07 September 2019 at 3:00-5:00 pm

Acacia Acupuncture
1800 Cooper Point Road, Building 15, Olympia WA
360-539-5222

Full Tuition Deadline – 01 December 2019
Full Travel Cost Deadline - 01 January 2020

60 Day Information Briefing – Saturday 29 February 2020
30 Day Information Briefing - Saturday 28 March 2020

1 Week Check In – Saturday 18 April 2020
Departure – Friday 24 April 2020
Return – Monday 04 May 2020

 

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Ancient Greek Medicine: Athens, Greece 2020

Cost: $2,400.00 per person (see full itinerary) based on exchange rate at time of booking

Additional cost:

Travel Insurance (TBA)
Airfare (TBA)
Open House Information Briefing
Saturday 01 February 2020 from 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Acacia Acupuncture
1800 Cooper Point Road, Building 15

Olympia, WA.
360-539-5222

Full payment due 1 June 2020
Including airfare

March 2020 – complete Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World Course (which is free of charge) at https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/ancient-health.
Saturday May 2, 2020 – Introduction and review of Greek Medicine 12:00pm – 16:00 pm
Saturday June 6, 2020 – for those who have paid in full: 90-day travel and information briefing.
Saturday July 18, 2020 – 60-day travel briefing
Sunday August 30, 2020 – 1-week travel update
Friday September 11, 2020 – Departure
Monday September 21 - Return

 

 

  Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions: Study Abroad

When will the study abroad program start?

The Study Abroad Program will be offered twice a year, once in the spring for graduates of the Acupuncture Certification Course and again during the spring, summer or fall, depending on the medicine, and location selected.

Will only graduates of the certification program be eligible to go to China for the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) program?

No. The study abroad program is open to anyone interested in learning about world medicines. However, the course is designed with a focus on TCM, so persons with a clinical background or interest (e.g. nurses, acupuncturist, clinicians) would benefit the most. Clinical CE credit is also available.

Will CE credit be authorized?

Yes. Every study abroad program will be eligible for CE credit. However, the amount of credit will vary from program to program. Currently only Nursing CE credit is available.

Will families be allowed to come?

Do to the nature of the group, we cannot accommodate anyone below the age of 20.

What if I have never traveled overseas before?

The safety of all students will be a priority throughout the program. We will meet three time prior to the trip and have several check points during the excursion to insure participants are comfortable with their travel and safe. We will also have staff members traveling with each group as resources to help answer questions and concerns during the trip as well as points of contact in the US for family members. However, exploration and enjoying the opportunity to travel abroad is an experience that we encourage everyone to experience. Not only does it build on the bonds developed during the course, but it expands the connection we have with the world around us.

Are payments refundable in the event of a trip cancellation?

Full tuition must be paid 6 months prior to departure and travel cost 3 months prior to departure. In the event that you must cancel your trip within the 3 months prior to departure, your tuition fee will be refunded minus $500.00 nonrefundable registration fee. Travel (airfare, hotel) refunds cannot be refunded directly once made, however, we will work with the travel agent and hotel as well as encourage everyone to pay for traveler’s insurance help recoup as much of the fare as possible.

In the unlikely event that AIM Inst must cancel a trip, all payments minus the processing fees will be refunded or credited toward a future trip/etc. Note that each program will require a minimum number of enrollees, therefore, cancellations due to non-enrollment will be determined 6 months prior to the departure date when full tuition is due.