INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE REPORT

Name of Organization: Accion Medica Cristiana (AMC)
Location (city, country): Managua, Nicaragua
Dates of your attendance: October 2000 to November 2000
Purpose of site institution (3-4 words): Public Health
Is there a language requirement? If so, state language: Spanish

Activities available:

Patient care
Public health education and implementation

 

Opportunities appropriate for:

pre-clinical students
clinical students

  1. Please describe your activities while abroad (eg, seeing patients, clinical research, public health project, etc.):
    I worked with a group that provides financial, educational, and skill support to country folk in the mountains of Nicaragua who suffered from Hurricaine Mitch. We organized and assisted in latrine and potable water construction projects, gave workshops on leadership, basic village health care, and cleanliness strategies to avoid diarrhea, etc. I also was treated as a 'visiting doctor' to give consultations (which I tried to avoid, but couldn't entirely evade).

  2. Please describe the range of activities available, in addition to yours:
    There were projects throughout Nicaragua focusing on different locations and needs, all centered on public health and disease prevention strategies involving educating and capacitating the people to improve and maintain their own health.

  3. Would you recommend this institution to other Penn medical students? Why?
    Yes. It was a great experience to get to know the people of Nicaragua on a personal level and to help them help themselves.

  4. What did you not like?
    Yes. It was a great experience to get to know the people of Nicaragua on a personal level and to help them help themselves.

  5. Is there an application process for this institution? How does one arrange a visit? Are there important dates to know about?
    Just email the above address. There's no application process, but they won't believe you're actually coming until you truly arrive. Don't be surprised at that! They get a lot of volunteers who cancel.

  6. What costs were associated with the trip, other than transportation. Please include institutional fees, housing costs, food, etc.:
    They will house you. You will have to pay for food, but it is quite inexpensive and you can either pay someone to cook for you or pitch in with the other team members to buy food and cook it together. You must pay for airfare. There are not many expenses and people will help you with transportation, etc.

  7. Did you receive funding for this trip? If so, from whom and for how much? Please provide important information, such as contacts, application procedure, and due dates:

  8. Would you agree to be contacted by other students interested in this site? If so, please give your name and contact information:
    Anna Grosz
    Email: anna_grosz@hotmail.com
    Phone: 610-416-9286

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