In May of 2016, I spent 9 days in Nicaragua volunteering with an organization called Global Brigades. There were 19 students, 4 doctors, 2 dentists, and 1 pharmacist. Free medical & dental services were provided to 1,165 patients. All patients were sent home with medications and vitamins that would last them for at least 3 months.
This was the experience of a lifetime. Though this event took place before I started this blog, I genuinely believe that the Nicaragua trip has helped shape me into the person I am today, and I wanted to share this experience with you all.
Below you will find pictures from the trip. There are not enough words to describe the feelings of gratitude and happiness that this trip brought upon me. Despite the lack of hot water, the mouse that creeped up under our beds at night, and the indescribably hot and humid weather, the 9 days spent in Nicaragua were the best 9 days of my life- so far!
I want to take a second to thank Global Brigades for such an amazing experience. For those of you that don’t know, Global Brigades is a international non-profit organization that works to better the health and economic situations of communities in need in countries like Nicaragua, Panama, Honduras and Costa Rica.
A little of history on Global Brigades: the first medical brigade was accomplished in 2003 in the beautiful country of Honduras. Ever since then, brigades in not only the field of medicine, but also dentistry, business, public health, water, microfinance, the environment, architecture, and law have been achieved.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
It is my strong belief, that for those who are given much, much is expected. A doctor on the Nicaragua trip once stated this phrase and it has become my mantra since then.