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    PAGH Student Corner: Haiti Medical Missions Trip

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    Can you please come quickly? My brother has just returned from the hospital and is having difficulty breathing!” Night had already fallen in the town of Ranquitte, Haiti, and I was preparing for bed when I overheard one of our translators speak those words. Minutes later I found myself sitting shotgun in an old Toyota 4Runner filled to the brim with five Haitian men, another PA student, an ER nurse, and an ER PA. Without any additional information about our patient, we sped down the overgrown two-track in the pitch black for what seemed like hours until suddenly...
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    Physician Assistant Student Corner – Mancotal Nicaragua

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      Imagine this... Four days in Nicaragua as a physician assistant student treating 1,277 patients with conditions ranging from severe dehydration to parasitic infections to farm-related injuries—without the aid of blood tests or clean water. That’s exactly what I did this past March with a team of 65, which included my 41 Arcadia University classmates and physicians, medical and nursing students from Penn State University. The medical mission to Mancotal, Nicaragua, was possible after we raised more than $74,000 for the trip. My name is Alexandra Martinez, and I am currently a dual degree Physician Assistant and...
  3. Laura Erdman

    East Africa for the Third Time – Changing the Way I Look at Global Health and Volunteering Abroad

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    As we begin the year of 2014, and the excitement of the holiday season comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on all that has happened in the past year. 2013 brought many changes and adventures, one of which was the ability to return to east Africa for the third time! This trip was much different from my first two for many reasons, one of which was the fact that I had just completed my first year of PA school and was returning with a much expanded knowledge base to observe the medicine happening around me....
  4. Laura Erdman

    Are You Thinking You Don’t Have Skills You Can Contribute Abroad? Think Again!

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    Finding "Mr. Right" There are several different ways to go about finding a trip/organization to volunteer abroad. Last month I highlighted the way in which I went about it: Finding an organization that I was interested in volunteering with Picking a project. This is certainly not the only way to go about it, and since not all organizations have a variety of projects/countries where they are working, it may not work for everyone. I also spoke last month about the importance of realizing what your personal desires/expectations for your time abroad are. Throughout my trips I have...
  5. Laura Erdman

    They Say The Hardest Step is The First One – Finding a Way to Volunteer Abroad

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    They say the hardest step is the first one For most people, that statement holds an immense amount of truth. Think about any task that you have procrastinated in your life, nine times out of ten the reason it was put off was because you didn't know how to begin, or you may have had an idea, but it seemed overwhelming. This was the case for me as I began the task of finding a way to volunteer abroad. As a college student I knew I wanted to travel before I started PA school, but I was...
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    Physician Assistant Global Health Volunteer Opportunities

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    Mountain Medics International Clinic in Cordillera Huayhuash, Peru. www.mountainmedics.org Christian Medical and Dental Assistance Looking for mission volunteers. www.cmda.org Hospitals of Hope Year-Round Clinic work opportunities in Bolivia, Haiti, and Liberia. www.hospitalsofhope.org Timmy Global Health Looking for volunteers year-round. www.timmyglobalhealth.org Health Volunteers Overseas Looking for volunteers to train and educate local health care providers around the world. www.hvousa.org Flying Samaritans Mexico Looking for volunteers year-round for Baja California, Mexico.  www.flyingsamaritans.net Heart to Heart International Weekly trips to Hait and Guatemala. www.hearttoheart.org Panama Global Connections Schedules trips as volunteers become available. www.panamaglobalconnections.com Nunoa Project Two trips a year...