Each volunteer’s reason for choosing Project Anconcito and their experiences on site are as unique as the volunteers themselves. Meet three special volunteers who served with us in Ecuador in 2018. Makda Mehari, a junior at Centre College, who served for five weeks as part of the Lincoln Scholars program at Centre College; Catie O’Reilly, a junior at Vanderbilt University and part of the Ingram Scholars program; and Kathleen Hopps, a high school student from Illinois.
He’s a travel nurse, backpacker, and now a former long-term FIMRC Ambassador in Ecuador. Cameron Petrey paused his South American backpacking adventures to immerse himself in Project Anconcito’s community and health initiatives. He’s had strong opinions about international development & global health since he joined us. He’s now sharing his thoughts on grassroots health along with travel tips and excursion clips (including sea turtles 🌊🐢).
As a Master's of Public Health student at the University of Missouri and a Clinical Dietician, Rachel spent 6 weeks at Project Anconcito learning about health development of our newest site. Harnessing both her background as a dietician and public health knowledge, she contributed to several programming aspects on site, while also learning about the challenges that come with working in development. Learn about her accomplishments and frustrations from her perspective!