Summer Internship to Uganda with Global Health Perspectives
Organized by: Ian Morlock
After almost 80 hours of volunteer work and a lengthy application process, I am honored to have been chosen as one of four students to take a medical mission trip to Uganda this summer. Four students and a faculty leader will journey to Kampala, Uganda and then to the West Nile region of the country where we will collaborate with The Mango Project to provide nutritional assistance to the rural villages they have developed relationships with. This will be my first international trip as a nursing student and will serve as my clinical rotation for my upcoming leadership and community health courses.
The aim of The Mango Project is to fight against malnutrition and empower local families by establishing a village-to-village mango preservation business. One tree can produce 500 mangos, but only once a year. Without the resources to harvest and preserve the fruit, most fruit is either taken by animals or left to rot on the ground where it falls. The non-profit organization teaches canning techniques and provides the training and start-up equipment for small businesses with the goal of reducing malnutrition and increasing economic activity. The Mango Project has also begun the process of awarding scholarships to villagers who wish to pursue careers in healthcare.
Since I began my BSN program at Denver School of Nursing, I have served on the Student Nurse’s Association board, assumed the role of president for our chapter of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing, and maintained a strong academic presence with a 3.54 GPA. Being a leader among my peers drives me to succeed and this opportunity with GHP with give me the international exposure that will set me apart from many others as I graduate and enter the workforce as a Registered Nurse.
I truly believe in the importance of experiencing the world outside of our country’s borders and this trip will give me the first-hand experience to expand my educational experience while in nursing school. To make this opportunity a reality, I must reach out to the people in my life who have encouraged me since the beginning and ask for the financial assistance required to get me to Uganda safely and efficiently. I will need a total of $3500.00 for my journey, which will cover all transportation expenses, lodging, immunizations, medications, food, and guides. I would ask that you consider helping me fund my experience in any way that you can. I have set up a safe and secure online fund raising site that I will link you to, but will also be depositing any gifts I receive into a specific trip related bank account that will be used to purchase anything I may need prior to leaving in June. Thank you very much for all that you have done to help me get this far!