It Takes A Village: The Power of Community

Examining Our Own Lens After spending two weeks in Xela, Guatemala and two weeks in Totonicapan, Guatemala, I had only begun to realize that I was scratching the surface of a rich and vivid interconnection. I had begun my research under the assumption that I would be “investigating the emergency medical system in Totonicapan, Guatemala.”…

UVA GI Cardiovascular Disease Project Blog Post 2

We have been working hard at CAIMI and it’s paid off! We started off Tuesday strong and had 8 participants, and ended our first week with a total of 25, which was much more than we had expected. Most of our interviews were in Tzutujil, and 2 in Spanish. Our team set up camp each…

UVA GI Cardiovascular Disease Project Blog Post 1

We arrived to Santiago Atitlan after dark Sunday night in the midst of a storm. After meeting our adorable host family and getting a tour of our new house (which is connected to a bakery, jackpot) we pretty much immediately crashed. Monday morning, however, we started to get acquainted with our new town, with the…

Shifting focus to the EMR Project

After two weeks of Spanish emersion, we are finally shifting the focus of the majority of our time to our project: the implementation of an EMR system in Totonicapan hospital.  On Monday(June 20), we had our first meeting with Roberto, the programmer of the system, in order to learn how to operate the software he had spent…

Porter, Kaija, and Adam: Rwanda – Blog Post #2

Community in Rwanda Hello! It’s Porter, Kaija, and Adam, and we are still in Rwanda (thanks again CGH)! This past week we had to say goodbye to our dear friends Emily and Alice as they travel back to the States. As a result, we switched up our housing situation and relocated from Kacyiru to Remera….

Greetings from Rwanda!

Our names are Porter Nenon (UVA 2016; PST), Kaija Flood (UVA 2016; MPP), and Adam Jones (UVA 2018; Economics) and we are living in Kigali, Rwanda this summer exploring higher education opportunities for refugees. Thanks to CGH, our summer has been filled with intellectually exciting, yet challenging, experiences that continue to re-shape the way we…

Grant Anhorn: Guatemala – Blog #2

There have been a few changes to our project since we have arrived in Guatemala: the solar heaters have been malfunctioning but it is unknown if it is a human or technical problem. For this reason, we need to begin thinking about alternative strategies for heating the water such as electric. In addition, we may…

Why Not Write A Check?

By Dallas Ducar The limitations of a single perspective As individuals we have a strong bias to see what is directly before us. As if trapped within an island of solipsism and egoism, we see things not as they are, but as they relate to our own perception. As I walk through the streets of…

Pensamientos de Una Historia Oculta

Unconscious Baggage I arrived in Guatemala with a very minimal understanding of the country. All prior knowledge had been gathered through the internet and books. Upon arriving in Guatemala, I began to see how little words can convey. While I had claimed that I was entering with una “mente nueve” (a beginner’s mind) and a…

Alice and Emily: Rwanda – Blog #2

Hello again! This is Alice Burgess (UVa 2017; GDS) and Emily Romano (UVa 2016; GPH) writing an update on our last full day in Kigali. Thank you, CGH, for this awesome experience — we are SO saddened to be leaving already, but hope to return in the near future. Honey Research Our Burn Unit investigation…

Mariana Forero: Nicaragua – Blog #2

During my five weeks abroad, from June 2 to July 7, I wrote down my thoughts and experiences everyday spent in Bluefields Nicaragua, collecting data for cervical cancer screening research with Hala and Yolande. This is my post from July 3rd: ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. After spending the weekend in Pearl Lagoon, to take a break from organizing…

Mariano Forero: Nicaragua – Blog #1

During my five weeks abroad, from June 2 to July 7, I wrote down my thoughts and experiences everyday spent in Bluefields Nicaragua, where I helped collect data for cervical cancer screening research with Hala and Yolande. This is my post from June 11th: 6/11 It’s Saturday so we can wake up late. Taking advantage…