GROW (Grassroots On-site Work) is an integral part of the GlobeMed model based around a trip; in our case, a five week trip to Uganda! GROW offers the opportunity for interns to form relationships with members of their partner organizations and partner community. Additionally, it allows the partner organization to better understand GlobeMed’s work and mission, and to share resources and information that will help the chapter raise more funds the following year. This embodies the reciprocity of our relationship with our partner: we gain experience and they receive our love!
There are three purposes for GROW:
- To strengthen, add to, and expand programs, resources, and knowledge of the partner organization for the purpose of having a positive impact on their community.
- To engage in mutual learning in order to strengthen all aspects of the partnership.
- To ensure long-term stability through evaluation and strategic planning.
These will be realized in SUMMER 2013 as the GROW Team travels to Uganda to help ICOD Action Network build this house out of thin air. Literally. Because ideas float around in air, and then they’re snatched up, conceptualized, put down in blueprints and forms, and then foundations are laid and walls go up! That’s what we’ll be doing this summer. But there’s also pre-trip stuff going on behind the curtain. Curriculum is being developed to help the interns learn more about how to act in a different society, dealing with cultural norms, and basically finding a niche in the community to occupy for five weeks. GROW is an amazing, transformative experience, and I’m so excited to share it with all you lovely readers!
Major(s)/Minor(s): BA in Global Health with a Minor in Spanish
Career Goals: To work in a large inner-city hospital as an intensivist, specializing in cardiology. In what free time I have, I’d like to use that expertise to either do work overseas to underserved communities, or provide care to our soldiers in war zones.
On the trip, I am excited to: See our interns through this amazing experience!
On the trip, I am nervous to: Make sure everything runs smoothly
Fun Fact: I’m wholeheartedly torn between whether or not to take the two stuffed animals I have slept with every night ever since I got them to Uganda with me
Favourite Quote: “The purpose of life is to convert energy into beauty. And I know that’s not true—I know that’s not rationally true… But some days, it’s okay for things to not be rationally true.” – Hank Green
Meet the Interns!
Major(s)/Minor(s): Global Health Major, minor in Religious Studies
Career Goals: I would like to become a medical doctor that practices ethnomedicine. I love emergency medicine, but there is a great need for doctors to be ethnically and culturally sensitive. The book “The spirit catches you and you fall down” by Anne Fadiman highlights the importance of this and how as doctors we need to change the way we view the world from a completely biomedical approach to one that treats a patient, not just the disease.
Position in GlobeMed: Founder and External Co-President
On the trip, I am excited to: LEARN! There is so much a person can teach you if you just look, listen, and be open to what they have to offer.
On the trip, I am nervous to: Come home. Every time I travel I just want to keep going, keep learning, keep doing, and keep experiencing all that people and this world has to offer. There is nothing more humbling and enlightening then travel.
Fun Fact:I left my flip flops on a roof in Auckland, New Zealand. I hope to return one day to see if they are still there.
Favourite Quote: “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
– Martin Luther King JR
Major(s)/Minor(s): BA in Global Health with a Minor in Sustainability and a Human Rights Certificate
Career Goals: I would like to provide short-term and long-term assistance to underdeveloped communities in need in whatever way possible. My biggest aspiration is to one day join the U.N. in order to continue my dreams of helping others.
Position in GlobeMed: Co-Campaign Coordinator
On the trip, I am excited to: meet and work with the community and ICOD organization that has already impacted me thus far
On the trip, I am nervous to: eat or drink anything that could get me sick
Fun Fact: I have over 50 cousins that live mostly in Kansas that I try to visit once a year. When we all reunite there is ALWAYS a massive party.
Favourite Quote: “The earth provides enough to satisfy every person’s need but not every person’s greed. When we take more than we need, we are simply taking from each other, borrowing from the future, or destroying the environment and other species.” – Mahatma Gandhi