August 6, 2017

Wow. Just wow. If only there were enough words that could be put together to begin to describe the experience that I am having; IT ISN’T EVEN POSSIBLE AND ITS ONLY DAY 1 IN THIS AMAZING PLACE. The people that have helped us get situated, settled, and feel like family are beyond incredible!

Today my heart and appetite were introduced and warmly welcomed to some of the the most phenomenal foods- from fresh chipatti to amazing dhaal fry and bahjia potatoes. After breakfast, lunch, great conversation, and the tour, we got after it with some training and began to perfect our duties for the coming days. Afterwards, it was an honor being able to get the opportunity to see one of the most amazing hospitals that OneWorld Health has established. Walking through it was quite the experience and we were able to see all of the locals saying hello and eagerly running over to welcome us to their beautiful home!

When we returned to the place we are staying, we split up into our teams to finalize our gear for the following days. Being able to see the enthusiasm and excitement in everybody’s working hands was making me way more ecstatic than anticipating Christmas morning as a child. To finish off the day it was awesome being able to have dinner, celebrate a birthday (Happy Birthday Hillary), then hear about some awesome people’s backgrounds. Cheers to Uganda and all of its amazing people.

+ John Paul Lopez, Programs Assistant, Naval Youth Program
Photo by Josh Drake


Our three volunteer Clinic Outreach Teams are all safe and sound in the project countries. We cannot wait to see how these teams work together and serve thousands of patients this week! Be sure to follow along on the blog each day.


May 15, 2017
Today was our free day at the beach! We started our morning eating delicious pancakes and omelets for breakfast. Then some of us attended a free yoga class while others went on a hike up the cliff near the shore. The rest of the day was spent swimming in the ocean, surfing, and lounging by the hotel pool. It was the perfect way to end the week after all our hard work.
Later in the afternoon, it was time for us to pack up and head towards Managua. On the way we stopped by T.J.’s house to drop off the left over medicines and supplies. This was our last day in Nicaragua and our flight home would leave early the next morning. Some of the team had planned to stay behind and explore more of the country. It was sad to say goodbye to them as we went our separate ways. Luckily there will be a team reunion in a couple of months and I cannot wait to hear about the rest of their trip!
+ Jessica Stone, MUSC NP Student