Global Health Project in Puerto Escondido

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Overall
10
Growth: 10
Support: 9
Fun: 10
Housing: 10
Safety: 9
Review

My time in Puerto Escondido, Mexico was nothing short of extraordinary. Upon arrival, I was greeted with warm smiles and open arms. While I had done quite a bit of traveling prior to this experience, this was my first time traveling truly alone and with a more career-oriented goal. That being said, I was very nervous and I apprehensive about how my experience would be.

Luckily, my apprehension soon dissipated after my arrival. In my short time in Puerto, not only did I work on my project regarding childhood obesity in Mexico and learn an incredible amount about the Mexican healthcare system, I also was given many unique opportunities to learn about the culture and the people of Puerto. Being associated with the Oasis Surf and Language school allowed me to meet a ton of new people and have access to many amazing activities. To name a few, during my three weeks I was able to learn how to surf, freshen up on my Spanish, go to the local market, eat amazing local cuisine, release baby sea turtles on the beach, visit two different midwifes, learn how to cook typical Mexican meals from my host mom, watch movies on the beach, visit a wildlife refuge, hike along some ancient trails, and listen to the stories of some amazing local people.

Every day I would go to a local clinic and work on discovering and reducing health disparities that I found to be present in the population, and every evening I would sit on the beach and watch the sun disappear below the rolling ocean waves. It was truly a setting and an experience that made me reflect and realize how lucky I am and how badly I want to improve the health and well-being of others in populations around the globe. I am so lucky to have had the chance to experience all that I did with my short time in this coastal town of Oaxaca, and I would not have had such a chance if it weren't for CFHI! I definitely recommend this program and this organization to anyone who is looking to experience something new and life changing in the realm of healthcare.

Would you recommend this program?
Yes, I would
Year Completed
2016
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Thank you for all you did for me in my time in Puerto Escondido. I truly felt as though I was given many unique opportunities to learn about the health system in the region while also learning a lot about the culture and the people. It was a great balance and an experience that I will look upon fondly for the rest of my life. While I would have loved to have been able to stay longer and make a more sustainable, positive impact on the lives of those living in the community, I know that I will return one day and, in general, will work throughout my career to make a difference for people in situations similar to the ones that I encountered in Puerto. Thank you again, and please keep in touch!
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