Posts tagged #GoOverseas

Staff Spotlight : Delaney Scollan

Traditionally, we take this opportunity to introduce you to new FIMRC staff members. Today is a bit different. We want to take a moment to give a special shout out to Delaney Scollan, Project Limón's Volunteer Coordinator, and to reflect on her time as part of the FIMRC Nicaragua Team. 

Tomorrow marks Delaney's last day at Project Limón and we couldn't be more excited for her to pursue her dreams of becoming an OB/GYN, but we are sure going to miss her on-site! Throughout the past three years, Delaney has coordinated over 700 volunteers, served as a translator, expanded FIMRC's homestay network, created a reproductive health education plan for children in local schools, and so much more! Delaney, thank you for your commitment to FIMRC's mission and for all that you accomplished!

Below is an excerpt from Delaney's interview with GoOverseas, including a reflection on her time as Volunteer Coordinator as well as her hopes for the future of international education.



Working for FIMRC in rural Nicaragua has had a profound impact on my life and my character. I've become more confident and self-aware through having learned most things the "hard way" and having to convey what I needed without knowing the Spanish words, like "toilet paper" for example, in moments of crisis! I've learned to live with less and have acquired a new-found perspective on what should be valued in life and the importance of achieving happiness and success based on one's own standards. I have gained appreciable patience while working in Nicaragua and feel confident in my abilities to work independently. Some of my greatest challenges have occurred in this job setting, thus, to have overcome them has proven incredibly fulfilling. Contrarily, some of my fondest moments have occurred at FIMRC, and for that I will be forever grateful.


Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of your current team.

Our FIMRC site partnered with a photo journalist to showcase our Women's Health program, as a means to raise funds for a new OB/GYN consult room. As the photographer took photos of the women, I asked each of them to comment on FIMRC's work in the community and express their thoughts on our programs. Their answers were touching: some women told me that it "was a blessing that FIMRC founded a site in their community." Others said that they "are so lucky to have professional services at such fair costs and they they hope we never leave." Many women hugged me after talking. I was moved by their appreciation for our services and felt so proud to be a member of our incredible team.


What about the future of the industry? How do you think study or intern abroad and international education will change over the next 10 years?

While working in Nicaragua, I met two students who I thought were working internationally post-college, as I was, on account of their maturity and independence. I was surprised then, to find out that they were 19 years-old and were completing a gap year before attending college. I thought this was wonderful and wished that I had considered it when I was 18! International travel makes one more self-aware and changes one's perspective about life and success. Acquisition of a foreign language and assimilation into a different culture greatly influences character in ways that prove beneficial in all future endeavors. Getting to see other countries and learn on a first-hand basis helps individuals make more informed decisions about future career and academic paths. I believe (and hope) that within the next 10 years, international education will be a more standard and highly encouraged component of secondary and university programs.

Delaney, you're amazing! We wish you all the best and hope to have you back in Nicaragua very soon!

¡Buena suerte! 

Posted on April 28, 2016 and filed under Nicaragua, Project Limón.

Staff Spotlight : Dayan Alvarado

Meet Dayan Alvarado – our Health Education and Volunteer Coordinator at Project Alajuelita! Dayan has been part of the FIMRC Costa Rica Team for over four years and is beloved by the clinic staff, community, and volunteers! Below, you will find an excerpt of Dayan’s interview for GoOverseas.

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the FIMRC team.

Every single day. When I talk to my family, friends or have the opportunity to share about my work with FIMRC, I cannot hide the excitement and fascination I feel for my job. Having the chance to help people, to see them getting better not only physically but also emotionally is rewarding. I also have the opportunity to be a role model for the kids in the community and I enjoy watching them grow up.

On many occasions my work comes with big smiles, hugs full of affection and in some cases tears to express how grateful our patients are for the things we do for them.


Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you? 

There are so many reasons why going to a place and being immersed in the culture is very important. When FIMRC volunteers come to be part of our program, they get the chance to be integrated into the community, interacting with local people, and understanding the way others live. Seeing a country or community with your own eyes is invaluable. Many FIMRC volunteers are interested in medicine and I believe that to be a good physician you must understand that health is not only about physical ailments but also that emotions and the environment where people grow and live affects a person's well-being. Taking a chance and being immersed in another culture opens the possibility of creating more open-minded people.


What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

FIMRC has been very successful over the years as it becomes well established in each community. Programs in each country differ as FIMRC focuses its efforts on each community’s specific needs. Our clinic is Costa Rica has developed a reputation as a nice and welcoming place where patients feel very comfortable and confident that they are receiving high quality medical services.


What country have you always wanted to visit?

I have always wanted to visit INDIA! My father who, in fact, is the person who has influenced my life the most had the opportunity to visit India several times while I was a child. Every time he returned, he would bring lots of pictures and stories that were just like fairy tales for a kid like me! Growing up, I realized that even though India is a very beautiful place full of colors, music, and beautiful clothing; it is also a place that has a lot people in need. So I see myself traveling to India in order to help people and, at the same time, enjoy the beauty of this magical country.

Have you volunteered with Dayan in Costa Rica? We would love to hear your story. Leave a review and tell us why you feel proud to be part of the FIMRC family!

Posted on March 31, 2016 and filed under Costa Rica, Project Alajuelita.

GoOverseas Contest Winners!

This May we held a contest for all FIMRC Alumni to leave honest reviews about their volunteer experience on GoOverseas! We are excited to announce our winners who will receive an exclusive prize pack!

Project Bumwalukani - Nate Cohen
Project Peru - Erin Aldag
Project Alajuelita - Marissa
Project Kodaikanal - Nithya Paranthaman

Congratulations to our winners! E-mail with your address to claim your prize!

Posted on June 3, 2015 and filed under GHVP.