Starting Off Right

“Water Up, Lotion Up, Repellant Up, and Get Up!”

We are moving through our second full day of being here at the Jubilee House Community in Nicaragua. So far, we have gotten a tour of the health clinic we are working at and had a chance to walk around the surrounding community of Nueva Vida. On our walk, we were able to talk to a local who is highly involved with the recycling “job” of a nearby dump. Because there are so few formal jobs available in Nueva Vida, a lot of people resort to working in the informal sector, which includes this recycling. He explained to us that it is common for people to go into the dump to collect metal, glass, and plastic goods in order to turn them in for money. The man we talked to is someone who buys the bags from individuals who participate in dump collection and is able to sell it to someone higher up.

For most of the days, we worked in the actual health clinic, either in construction, the pharmacy, or shadowing a doctor going to homes in the community. In construction, we built what will become the metal skeleton for the walls of the new building or started putting already built ones into place. Working in the pharmacy was mostly counting and bagging pills in order to fill prescriptions for the patients of the clinic. Shadowing the doctor provided an intimate view of how people lived through the follow up visits of injured or sick people.

In our “free” time, most of the students choose to work on our assigned readings and directed journals that provide insight into the topics that will be relevant throughout our trip. We are all super excited to be here (even though it is ungodly hot and sticky) and are looking forward for what is to come!

Signing off,

Paige and Ellie

P.S. Hi Tera, Sue, Will, Joe, and Andrew, We ❤ You!!

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