Dominican republic – global health yeast infection pregnancy initiative – july 29 – august 11, 2019

We visited the local beach, played some icebreakers and had the chance to swim in yeast infection pregnancy the pool right before dinner.. We enjoyed, as marc anthony would say, un arroz con habichuelas and after introductions and orientation the yeast infection pregnancy kids are happily sleeping now.

Today groups 1 and 2 headed to a local community yeast infection pregnancy to help with a medical clinic for the locals. Groups 3 and 4 worked with 7 elements on making yeast infection pregnancy a bathroom for a family in las canas. Although it was hot out, the GLA students were excited for their first opportunity to yeast infection pregnancy help out on their first GLA service activity.

Also, both groups interacted with the local communities on a very yeast infection pregnancy personal level. The students in the clinic helped with registration and some yeast infection pregnancy even scribed for the local doctor, they translated words from spanish to english. Especially ashley in group 1 translated for a community leader yeast infection pregnancy at the brigades to relay his message of thanks to yeast infection pregnancy the GLA and 7 elements volunteers. Additionally, the students in las canas worked on building a bathroom yeast infection pregnancy for a family, played with local children, and visited the beach.

All together, it was a great start to the two weeks and yeast infection pregnancy today’s leaders (diana, grace, and jenna) tried their best to lead an activity with the game yeast infection pregnancy mafia. Many students spent time in the pool and bonded through yeast infection pregnancy friendship bracelets. Overall, it was a solid start to the week and a yeast infection pregnancy fun way for students to interact, integrate, and spend quality time both together and with local members yeast infection pregnancy of the dominican community.

Today groups 1 and 2 went to las canas to yeast infection pregnancy continue building the bathrooms and digging a hole for the yeast infection pregnancy septic tank. During breaks the students loved playing soccer with the local yeast infection pregnancy children. It was really hot out but everyone was able to yeast infection pregnancy persevere and we’re really proud of all the good work we got yeast infection pregnancy done.

Groups 3 and 4 went on the medical brigrade and yeast infection pregnancy found the work so fulfilling and eye opening. We had so much fun with all of the little yeast infection pregnancy kids who were running around with the biggest smiles on yeast infection pregnancy their faces, and loved serving the community together. Being primarily haitian, the community spoke creole and spanish. For lunch, the groups took shifts eating burritos after finishing at the yeast infection pregnancy medical brigade, we toured the local town before heading back to the yeast infection pregnancy home base.

Today, mentor groups one and three took a van to one yeast infection pregnancy of the local communities and set up a medical brigade. The students went to their designated stations, such as registration, vitals, interview, pharmacy, etc. And were able to assist in the process of getting yeast infection pregnancy the individuals in the community to see the doctor. Once the patients had seen the doctor they made their yeast infection pregnancy way to the pharmacy located inside a school house. At the pharmacy the students put the prescribed medication in yeast infection pregnancy a paper bag and a GLA mentor acted as a yeast infection pregnancy translator and described the directions for each medication. Each student left the medical brigade knowing that they had yeast infection pregnancy done something simple, yet significant, and were able to impact individuals in a positive way.

Our lecture activity today was the divided island movie. The movie explained the division between haiti and the dominican yeast infection pregnancy republic. The racism and hatred between the two connected countries which yeast infection pregnancy create different socioeconomic issues are laid out. Our local directors, junior, lubenz, and walner all explained their personal journeys and stories as yeast infection pregnancy they are all of haitian descent. It was a very eye opening experience which gives students yeast infection pregnancy insight into the dynamics of developing countries.

Today we worked on two bathrooms. In one village we dug a hole that will in yeast infection pregnancy the end be 6 feet deep. In the other village we cemented a bathroom that we yeast infection pregnancy worked on earlier in the week. During our breaks we were able to play soccer with yeast infection pregnancy the kids. The day was overall really fun and epic.

We were able to finish cementing the bathroom walls, and got a chance to play with some of the yeast infection pregnancy local kids on break. We got so much done today despite the heat and yeast infection pregnancy are really proud of how we finished the bathroom. We also reached 4 and half feet in the septic yeast infection pregnancy tank hole, meaning we only have to dig another 1 and half yeast infection pregnancy feet.

As leaders of the day, we decided that today everyone would turn in their phones yeast infection pregnancy from 4-8:30 in order to connect more with each other and yeast infection pregnancy our surroundings and be more mindful. Although many people were hesitant at the beginning, in the end we believe that almost everyone enjoyed being yeast infection pregnancy unplugged for a few hours.

We also learned a lot today, as the lecture was on common health dilemmas. We were all pushed to step into uncomfortable and complicated yeast infection pregnancy medical situations, and had to consider different sustainable and ethical solutions. This was very eye opening and educational and we enjoyed yeast infection pregnancy it very much.

We drove for 10 min to the caño dulce community yeast infection pregnancy and worked on the water tank that will provide running yeast infection pregnancy water for 90 families in the area. The community got named after the little creek that crosses yeast infection pregnancy it but due to the severe drought it is now yeast infection pregnancy dry. This increased the risk of living and sanitation in the yeast infection pregnancy community.

We started our work with a community assessment, visiting finished projects and we were introduced to some of yeast infection pregnancy the locals that were beneficiaries from the bathroom bottle programs yeast infection pregnancy earlier this summer. We rotated in many stations such as carrying cement to yeast infection pregnancy the top, mixing cement and helping the mason, digging the trench, and a looooooong human chain to pass along buckets and yeast infection pregnancy tools.

After we got all the cement to the top of yeast infection pregnancy the hill we had to send up cinder blocks. During the assembly line we all drank lots of water yeast infection pregnancy and energy packets. The kids were so nice and helped us clean the yeast infection pregnancy shovels afterwards. When we got home we had pool time and after yeast infection pregnancy we had an activity of meditation on the beach!!

After lunch we went to playa preciosa, which is a picture-perfect beach. There were cool vendors where we bought jewelry and got yeast infection pregnancy our hair braided (almost everyone got a braid)! We hung out at the beach and had a friend yeast infection pregnancy ceremony for olivia and bryan (two counselors). For the rest of the time at the beach, we enjoy jumping over waves, taking pictures, and having fun in the sun. Luckily, it didn’t start raining until we got back to the lodge.

After dinner we participated in a capstone lecture. Meaning, we were put into groups where we chose one of yeast infection pregnancy five topics regarding health concerns in the dominican republic. Some examples are respiratory illness and traffic concerns. Each group then created a poster and presentation about their yeast infection pregnancy topic. This included why it was sustainable, a plan of action, and how it would work. The groups competed to win a million dollar grant. The winners were “dominican initiative for mother protection” and “pulmones of the DR.”

The GLA students spent today finishing up the water tank yeast infection pregnancy in the caño dulce community. Despite the hot weather and sun, we were incredibly resilient and did a great job helping yeast infection pregnancy the community gain access to clean water. After work on the water tank, johnny, a community leader, gave us a tour of his bee garden. He showed us how to harvest honey which was really yeast infection pregnancy cool.

Then the group went to get ice cream from a yeast infection pregnancy shop in the community. That the ice cream was delicious!. After a long day in the village we came back yeast infection pregnancy to the lodge, some sooner than others due to heat related issues, and enjoyed a much needed break to socialize and sleep.

Once we finished dinner we did a group activity on yeast infection pregnancy the beach and saw a beautiful sunset. We ended our day with a dance party filled with yeast infection pregnancy the dominican bachata, merengue and other modern songs. Overall a great day 10 and we can’t wait to experience our last few days of the yeast infection pregnancy trip!

Mentor groups 2&3 went to work on the septic tank/bathroom today. Half of us sanded down the soft concrete with rocks, making it so there were no bumps or rough spots. Then we painted the sanded concrete walls of the bathroom yeast infection pregnancy blue. We started making concrete to lay on the floor of yeast infection pregnancy the bathroom. As this was happening the other half of the group yeast infection pregnancy worked at the septic tank. At the septic tank, we finished digging the hole until it was deep enough yeast infection pregnancy for the mason to start with cinder blocks. Then carried cinder blocks and mixed concrete to hold together yeast infection pregnancy the blocks.

Today groups 1 and 4 had “vitamin distribution” for our service. It was pretty much the same as the brigade days, since we had the same jobs. We saw and treated 50 patients including young mothers, babies, toddlers, a blind man, etc. We work in different stations, including vitals, interview, pharmacy, doctor, and registration.

Overall, it was a very successful and fun day with the yeast infection pregnancy vitamin distribution group. We worked through language barriers with a mixture of french, spanish, and creole speakers. The vitals team struggled with two small kids that were yeast infection pregnancy adamant about not having their heart rate tested.

We tried many different ways to distract them with drawings, pens, and other miscellaneous things but our attempts were fruitless. It was a frustrating yet comedic experience. The group became familiar with the local dogs, one of whom we nicknamed “chaco.” after we were all done with our stations we waited yeast infection pregnancy for the doctor to finish up with the patients.

In the meantime, we enjoyed a few games together, playing on the swings, and socializing with the local children. We were very impressed with one boy who surprised us yeast infection pregnancy with fluent english, although he failed to tell leo this before registration. Poor leo struggled the whole time to converse in spanish, completely oblivious to the fact the boy could speak perfect yeast infection pregnancy english.

Then, when we got back to the lodge we had pool yeast infection pregnancy time from 4-5, then we had free time until dinner. We had amazing tacos. Then, we had free time until our lecture about entrepreneurship and yeast infection pregnancy did an activity on the projects around the world and yeast infection pregnancy we had to decide if they would work or would yeast infection pregnancy not work based on the information provided.

Tiday groups 1 and 4 went to the community of yeast infection pregnancy caño dulce and worked on finishing the bottle house, this wasn’t our project but we had already finished the septic yeast infection pregnancy tank and the bathroom. The bathroom was built for a family who did not yeast infection pregnancy have a restroom in their home. The septic tank was built so that the houses surrounding yeast infection pregnancy could have a safe way to keep their waste without yeast infection pregnancy it running into their drinking water, potentially causing diarrheal infections. These two groups painted two rooms of the almost finished yeast infection pregnancy bottle house bright blue!

Because it was our last day coming into these communities, it was really fulfilling to know what we did had yeast infection pregnancy helped so many people, but it was also sad to know we were done yeast infection pregnancy visiting and bonding with the people we have met along yeast infection pregnancy the way. Finally! Junior and the mason at the bottle house had a yeast infection pregnancy rap battle! It was intense, junior called the mason a old lady and the mason yeast infection pregnancy called junior a worm. Overall it was a great day!!!

Also, groups 2 and 3 went to the clinic for the yeast infection pregnancy last time. We were able to help 49 people in the community yeast infection pregnancy of cuesta barrosa, it was really meaningful to help almost 50 people and yeast infection pregnancy to know that we had done this so many times yeast infection pregnancy before as well. Overall, it was a really great learning experience to treat patients yeast infection pregnancy in a clinic like setting, and to experience helping others even with a language barrier.

Today, with our exciting adventure coming to an end, we went on our final excursion. We started off the day with breakfast, then hopped on the bus and headed to sosua beach. When we got to the beach we went on some yeast infection pregnancy smaller boats that took us to a yacht. We boarded the yacht, and went to a coral reef farther out in the yeast infection pregnancy ocean. We then took turns jumping off the boat into the yeast infection pregnancy ocean and swam off with our mentors to see the yeast infection pregnancy beautiful coral reefs.

Afterwards, we were treated to pizza for lunch along with piña yeast infection pregnancy coladas, frozen lemonade and strawberry daiquiris! We also spent some time on the beach and shopped yeast infection pregnancy around the town. When we came back to the base, we had dinner and walked to the beach afterward to yeast infection pregnancy be treated with a bonfire and marshmallows as our last yeast infection pregnancy hurrah!

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