Malawi, Africa 2011
Healthcare and Culture: An International Field Experience
Last May, seven HSHP students traveled to the “Warm Heart of Africa” to volunteer in community based orphan feeding centers, mobile medical clinics and a rural hospital as part of a two- credit study abroad course. Malawi, Africa is located in the sub-Saharan Africa, east of Zambia. Malawi ranks among the world's least developed countries. “Seeing poverty face to face helped the students to realize their potential to alleviate suffering,” said trip leader Mary Taylor RN.
American donors gave generously and the students took these supplies as their second piece of luggage. They brought Malaria and HIV lab tests, medical supplies, toothbrushes and a laptop computer. They also helped to purchase much needed medicines to treat the malaria-ridden clinics.
Kelsey Johnston ‘13, reflected on her experience: “In just two weeks, the people and country of Malawi have managed to change a part of me … I am inspired to strive towards their caring, trusting, welcoming, and loving way of life.”
For the past three years, a group of IC students have been able to further their education with a view towards playing a vital role for future generations in the global community. Another trip is planned for May 22 – June 5, 2012.