Grateful
Jul25

Grateful

After a long 17 hour flight back to America, and two more flights ahead before arriving back to Birmingham, I am very tired but excited to get home to a hot shower and soft bed. Yet, I am also really missing those sweet Ethiopian faces and their warm hospitality. As I sit in the airport I notice how rushed everyone is and how most people keep to themselves. Almost everyone is hooked up to an iPad or iPhone. It seems weird to me to be...

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Ethiopians
Jul01

Ethiopians

While studying abroad in Ethiopia I was able to meet hundreds of Ethiopians as my team and I set up medical clinics in the locals’ villages. The people were very welcoming and happy to see us. Some would stare in amazement at the color of our skin because they had never before seen such a pale skin color before. Others were amazed at the length and color of our hair. Many Ethiopians have very very short hair–including the...

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Preparing for Ethiopia
Jun30

Preparing for Ethiopia

Preparing for Ethiopia was a little different than preparing for any other study abroad trip. Common items such as toilet paper, tissues, soap, etc. are not readily available in Africa. Therefore, most of my packing involved minimal clothing and lots of snacks, tissues, hand sanitizer, wet wipes–you get the idea. I was told we probably would not have wifi, there would not be any hot water, and we would be lucky if we did have...

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Two weeks in Ghana
Jun28

Two weeks in Ghana

It’s been nearly two weeks since I left for my trip to Elmina, Ghana. Since then I’ve learned a lot about the culture and the people here! Every day I see exciting new things, and I always learn something new. Working in healthcare in Ghana allows me to directly interact with the communities here, in a way that positively impacts them. Today I went on a community outreach mission, the aim of which is to immunize babies and...

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So much in so little time
Jun14

So much in so little time

First stepping off the plane into Managua I had no idea what I got myself into to but I slowly realized that everything was going to be okay. We breezed through customs, ate an amazing lunch and got real fruit smoothies all with in the first hour. My first impressions of the country were that it was HOT, there was an insane amount of trash on the sides of the roads, and they sure knew how to cook some yummy food. We did a drive...

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One day until China!
Jun14

One day until China!

When I entered school at The University of Alabama, I wanted to study abroad more than anything. But after finding out that with the nursing curriculum couldn’t be transferred abroad, I gave up that dream. Then I found out about the Medical Abroad trips and knew that was for me. I choose the trip that went to East Asia because I figured I would never go there on my own. I have had a very stressful week leading up to this trip....

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