FIMRC at Wabash managed to capture a recent journey to FIMRC's Project Limón in Nicaragua during Thanksgiving break on their own school blog about immersion learning. Olufemi Oluedun, Wabash '12, wrote about a typical day spent volunteering with Project Limón and it caught our attention, so we asked him if we could feature it. He said yes!
On day 2 we participated in several activities including helping out at the FIMRC clinic and experiencing the Nicaraguan culture. Ironically, we began our day failing to do whatWabash College students take pride in; thinking critically. The day prior our ambassador informed us that we should be ready to leave for the clinic around 7:00am. We assumed that we should set our alarms for 6:00am. Now, an individual thinking critically would attempt to find out what time it was in Nicaragua before setting their alarms. Unfortunately, we set our alarms for 6:00am Indiana time which is actually 5:00am Nicaraguan time. Never have I felt like such a DePauw Danny. We didn’t make this mistake again.
We arrived at the FIMRC clinic early that morning to help unpack the large suitcases of medicine we brought for FIMRC from the states. These suitcases had what appeared to us basic necessities from children’s aspirin and cough syrup to adult allergy medicine and pregnancy tests. Personally, I was unsure what was in the bags before we got to Nicaragua and was genuinely surprised there wasn’t more advanced medicine like special prescription or vaccine medicine. However, after shadowing the pediatrician with his patients I realized why these forms of medicine were needed.
Child after child that the pediatrician saw exhibited signs of either the flu or cold like symptoms. The pediatrician explained to us that one of the main forms of illness in Nicaragua was the common cold due to the lack of pharmacies that can provide medication for mild colds, poor diet, and poor hygiene. This made us realize just how privileged we are to live in the United States where simple medicines such as these can be found nearly everywhere.
After leaving the FIMRC clinic we headed next door to eat a delicious meal provided to us by our ambassador’s close friend. One thing that we all realized was that food and drinks in the United States doesn’t compare to the food in Nicaragua. Nothing special is in the food in Nicaragua, but it is simply natural. Never have the four of us been so content.
Next, we headed over to the local soccer fields to play in a friendly game with native Nicaraguans. I say native Nicaraguans because it appeared that only they knew how to play on the type of field we were playing on. It began to downpour as soon as we got to there and the originally dirt field with patches of grass turned into a mud pit. The natives were able to adapt to this bad weather and only fell down when they decided to throw a two-footed ankle crushing tackle. The four of us, Conor and I especially, had many troubles with our footing. At the beginning of the game Conor attempted to make an abrupt stop in order to cut another and direction and to put it lightly failed miserably. He slid about five or six feet, his feet lifted off the ground, then he smashed the ground to the thunderous roar of laughs. You think that I would have learned from his mishap however my fall proved otherwise. Similar to Conor, I totally disregarderd that I was playing on slushy mud and managed to make a big splashing fall in to a puddle of mud as I skied my attempt at goal. This game was loads of fun and I will never forget being able to play the sport I love with my buddies and the natives.
This day provided us all with a plethora of experiences we will never forget. We also made a great friend in a young boy named Taylor who we met at the clinic. Although he is only 12 he can give you the details of Nicaragua and its culture inside and out. We hope to see him tomorrow when we go surfing because evidently he is up and coming prodigy. Thus far this trip has been everything we could have hoped for and more. Bring on tomorrow.
Thanks so much for letting us share this with the FIMRC community, Olufemi! We really appreciate it.
Note to readers: If you'd like to see the rest of the blog posts from Wabash College's experience with Project Limón this past November, click here!