Honor Student Kelly McCarthy spent her spring break bringing medical care to the residents of Belize, Central America. This trip was sponsored by International Service Learning or ISL and partially funded by the FSU Honors Program. Kelly, along with 13 other college students, went to the remote villages of Pomona and Hope Creek, where medical care is scarce.
The following are excerpts that Kelly wrote about her time spent in Belize.
“Because we could only see a certain amount of patients, the house visits were used as a triage or where we received basic information about the patient and provided them with an appointment card for the preceding day’s clinic. My group set up clinics in each of the villages to provide care and medication for the community members. I was able to utilize my Spanish communication skills and practice my diagnostic technique.”
“All of my patients had hardships to endure and it was informative to listen and understand what they go through yet the happiness and optimism they still have regardless of their lack of medical treatment, shoes, or even food. I would love to participate in a program as such in the future because not only was I able to help the Belizean people, but also helped myself.”