Through a network of global health volunteers and international partnerships, the FIMRC mission continues on, stronger than ever. FIMRC’s Key Relations Manager, Jessica Southern, has over 7 years’ experience in global health fieldwork. She’s sharing her insight on the importance of academic partnerships; how both undergrad and graduate students can make long-term impacts abroad.
"It’s a very surreal moment when you get to introduce people to something you are passionate about and then in return see them reciprocate those same feelings." Holden Camp, now a junior at Auburn University, served as a 2017 Summer International Health Fellow in Nicaragua. He recently helped organize another trip; this time to Project Alajuelita in Costa Rica, and with a group of other students from Auburn University.
So you see, what had happened was, I needed a change. I quit my job to go volunteer in the Dominican Republic... in a community that has limited electricity and running water, and almost never any hot water. What on earth was I thinking?! After months of debating with myself, I finally gave myself permission to take the leap, and dare to do something different. What I was about to embark on was risky and uncomfortable, which was not me at all.