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And the Next Trip is…

The paperwork is mailed so I suppose it is official.  My next trip will be to Tanzania, and it will be this fall.  For the geographically challenged, Tanzania is south of Kenya, but in the same general region as my other African

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My Life in Limbo

For the last two weeks, this has been keeping me in limbo: What you see is a laptop harddrive. The exact make and model of the harddrive that was once in my laptop and is once again in my laptop.  It’s what

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Not Going to Catch

The program I am working through in Honduras puts volunteer doulas in public hospitals.  The idea is that the presence of a doula will begin the process of making changes in the way women are treated.  It is a nice concept, and

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Lost In Translation

My Spanish skills are improving slowly every day, but the gap between myself and the women I am serving in Honduras remains wide. Working cross-culturally isn’t just about being able to use the same language, it is about having an understanding of

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Enjoying Honduras

I don’t normally have my computer with me during the day and can only access the internet at the few cafes that provide free WiFi for my phone to tap into.  But today I decided to work on my thesis and so

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Want to learn birth Spanish?

While I am in Honduras I will have the opportunity to work as a doula in some hospitals.  This will force me to improve my Spanish (which slowly forms in my head but rarely makes it out my mouth). I was searching

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Flexibility

For those of you who think you might want to get into international work, remember to be flexible.  Case in point, I had a conference call with the leader of the organization I am volunteering with in Honduras today.  There is a

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Behind the Scenes

The Honduras trip is coming up soon.  I’ve been quietly preparing for it as I finished the semester, completed my clinical hours and returned to Michigan for a much needed rest with family.  In fact, as I write this I have been

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Pulling Head Out of Books

It’s nearly the end of the semester, and I am just about finished with the work I need to complete.  Well, complete for school this semester any way. I am just starting work on my practicum, and now that I have the

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Midwifery Volunteers in Uganda

We finish the week with the Shanti Uganda Society. This is another organization that is willing to take students and those who are not already midwives. That’s right, an international volunteer organization that recognizes the value of a doula!  Check them out.