First Service Program at a Shanty Town in Peru

The Dimensions of Poverty

And so we finally started our service program in Alto Progreso. Alto Progreso is a struggling community of about 350 families in Pamplona Alta, in the barren hillsides of Lima. Sherry was our first volunteer for the job. Upon arrival, we did not know how things would turn up, but we had much excitement and expectation. […]

Beyond the Superficiality of Fast-Paced Travel

Team Journal Entry for Wednesday, January 28 It’s Wednesday and our third day at the childcare centre. Before I tell you about today, allow me to recount last night’s adventure. After a hard day’s work, there’s nothing like a little fun to recharge the batteries and so we set off to see Old Quito by […]

Visit to St. Thomas Hospital

Message of the Day – Wherever the art of medicine is loved, there is also a love of humanity. – Hippocrates I got to see the love of medicine and humanity today when Stephen took me to St. Thomas Hospital.  It was a substitute for my daily visit to Assisi Illam, and while I missed […]


Teaching Health Education Today

Message of the Day – To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.- Buddha I am very excited to begin today, since it is my first day teaching health education classes in the schools.  It seems an appropriate time to […]

Our Visit to Alto Progreso, Pamplona Alta

Day 10: Last day of our volunteer experience We were off in the morning through the crazy hectic traffic in Lima and arrived at our one-day experience to teach children coloring, painting, and drawing. We had a confidence in our ability to interact with children because each of us was an involved mother and we […]


Memories of Ecuador Live Bright Within Us

As we settle into our daily routine with the tías and the children, we’re reminded of the importance of family, the sacrifices the mothers make to provide food and shelter for their children and grandchildren, and for all which we have to be grateful. So often in our lives, the most powerful experiences and images fade with the passage […]

Teaching Handwashing in Ecuador

In Ecuador, you can have a significant impact in teaching at-risk children about proper hygienic measures, especially ones so simple yet so important as washing hands with soap and water. Washing hands with soap and water is the most cost-effective preventative health measure readily available to virtually everyone. From a cost-benefit perspective, washing with soap is […]


Meaningful Work on the Reservation

This is simply an amazing experience for my daughter and for me.  I’m profoundly appreciative that I had the opportunity to do some work related to psychiatry (although I still would have been happy to paint fences!). The treatment program where I did an in-service with the staff on debriefing is really pretty amazing.  They were remarkably receptive, […]

Blackfeet Reservation Volunteer Learns about Natural Remedies in Time for Healing

Blackfeet reservation volunteers learn about plants

  by Blackfeet Reservation Volunteer Kelsey It so happened that the morning I wake up with a sore throat and stuffy nose is the same day we go visit the Blackfeet “medicine woman” in Browning. But more about that later. I slowly got out of bed, falling a few steps behind the rest of the […]


A Day in the Life of a Health Care Volunteer in St. Lucia

Using Your Professional Skills as a Volunteer

Health Care Global Volunteer Laurie describes parent-child education lesson through the Reaching Children’s Potential Program in Anse la Raye.   It is Friday, which means Team Building Day at the library! My teammate Gabby and I have been anxiously awaiting this day, because we are the “expert” presenters, for the entire day from 9:30am to […]