I am excited about an opportunity I have to spend a week on a humanitarian trip to Guatemala with some college students. The trip will happen in January 2010, and the sending organization has said they can set up a nursing clinic for me to participate in.

I intend to make full use of this gift, ensuring I learn about the structure of organizations who do humanitarian work overseas; running a clinic and performing nursing tasks in a foreign country; working within a foreign culture. The skills I learn on this trip will be directly applicable to the work I have set before me in the Congo.

Because I do need to raise my own support for this trip, I welcome all gifts. You can make a donation at – be sure to indicate the gift is for Jennifer Vanderlaan for the January 2010 Guatemala trip. I need to raise $1600, which works out to $200 per day. The fee covers my flight, visa, accommodations and food while there. I already have my passport and the necessary vaccinations, so no need on that end this time.

Thankful for your prayers and support, and check back for updates. If possible, I will write updates while in Guatemala – but even if I cannot photos and information will be posted as soon as I return.

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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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