University of Rochester (Oct. 21st- Nov. 4th, 2011)

The University of Rochester brigade was comprised of 2 attendings, 7 residents, 2 medical students, and 1 social worker. They spent their two weeks stationed in their affiliate community of San Jose, San Marcos. Through furthering their relationships with the community, they also oversaw many projects. Several of these projects include latrine building, cookstove building, a scholarship program, a microfinance project, and fish farm building. Their trip was complete with many meetings as a means to support existing projects and to discern possible ways of expansion in the future. Brigade members also saw around 100 patients in the clinic, attended to patients through home visits, hiked to the neighboring community of Las Delicias to oversee a partnership there, met with the scholarship students, and traveled to local schools to do a project with the classes and to give a health talk about proper injury care. The brigade stayed at the local school and at the newly built volunteer house, both complete with beautiful views of the mountains and surrounding areas. Through all of their hard work, the University of Rochester has clearly had a positive influence in San Jose and this relationship will continue to foster change in the future!

One of the family fish farms in San Jose

One of the family fish farms in San Jose

One of the many beautiful sunsets with the volunteer house in the foreground

One of the many beautiful sunsets with the volunteer house in the foreground

Brigade members in front of the health center

Brigade members in front of the health center

A meeting for the scholarship students and their parents

A meeting for the scholarship students and their parents