Advice to Future Study Abroad Students
Jun21

Advice to Future Study Abroad Students

My best piece of advice for future study abroad students is to have an open mind. I really like to make plans and stick to them, but things do not always follow through. For example, I was really looking forward to visiting Machu Picchu while in Peru, but we were unable to fly into Cuzco. We were all devastated, but we had more time to get to know each other while we were waiting at the airport and exploring Lima. While I definitely...

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4 days & 1,570 people
Jun03

4 days & 1,570 people

I am halfway through my medical trip in Zambia and all I can say is WOW! This beautiful country is full of beautiful and smiling people. We arrived and met some of the translators we would be working with at the clinics and those were the first Zambian people we met and from meeting them, I knew that this country was going to be amazing! The first day of clinic was definitely the scariest because I was not sure what to expect. How...

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Leaving for Zambia
Jun02

Leaving for Zambia

After completing my junior year I decided it was time to study abroad. I felt as if I could accomplish anything considering I made it through a second semester of Nursing. The decision to study abroad was really with help from my instructors. We  had a decision to go to three places and I have always wanted to visit Africa so I picked Africa. After making the decision to study abroad, I started to prepare. I prepared for this trip by...

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Life in Mumbwa, Zambia
May30

Life in Mumbwa, Zambia

We have just arrived to our first school and my first impression of this place is overwhelming. My heart is broken to see the conditions that most people live in, but my attitude quickly changed from sadness to awe. These people may not have much but their smile is bigger than any struggle that could come their way. You will not find one person who does not greet you and shake your hand. Their hospitality for visitors is out of this...

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Changing Lives in Zambia
May30

Changing Lives in Zambia

We made it! We have arrived in Mumbwa, Zambia and today was our first day setting up a mobile clinic. My heart broke today as people lined the streets waiting for us to arrive to receive medical attention. We got to the local school, unloaded our supplies, and arranged our clinic as quick as possible in order to be able to see as many people as we could. As our patients began coming in the door and I was heartbroken at the great need...

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Learning Spanish and Medicine
May23

Learning Spanish and Medicine

Here in Peru, the language is Spanish. Since I have been studying Spanish since high school, I felt prepared coming into the country. Even though I have never been immersed in country with native speakers, I was confident in my language abilities, especially after taking a conversational Spanish class during the spring semester. However, I knew there would be challenges because most of my practice was with nonnative speakers. Although...

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