Finding an International Field Experience or Internship

I learned a lot during the process of finding my international field experience/internship in Peru last year. Although most funding sources don’t require you to submit applications until January and February, it’s a good idea to start looking for international placement options now (November). Most public health departments require an internship, and some programs require…

HIV Outreach and Testing in Coastal Peru

I went with Proyecto SOMOS at Via Libre for a weekend trip to do HIV outreach, education and rapid testing in a few sites south of Lima. You can see on this Google Map where we went (to the best of my ability…). Proyecto SOMOS is a program that targets men who have sex with…

Dental Experience In Peru

I got a root canal in Peru. Yes, it’s a story for my grandchildren… not really. It is the simple fact that I can’t actually afford dental care in the US, even when I had insurance! You can learn more about the root canal(‘endodontic therapy’) process on Wikipedia (I trust Wikipedia for non-partisan things of…

Going to the Doctor in Peru

It was bound to happen – I got sick in Peru. After four days in which I couldn’t be far from a bathroom, I went to the clinic down the street to see what the heck I had. They sent me to the emergency room because there was a long line for the general doctor,…

Swine Flu, part deux

Since I wrote my first post about swine flu, ahem, “2009 H1N1”, many things have changed and we know a lot more. It’s not as deadly as first thought, and this year’s flu shots are not effective against it. On June 11, the World Health Organization declared this strain of flu to be a world-wide…

Internship in Peru

Since I’m crazy, I’m doing an additional internship as part of the FELA Program (Field Experience in Latin America) in Peru, with an organization called Vía Libre, the largest AIDS organization in Peru. I’ll only be here seven weeks, so I won’t have a lot of time to start a project. For my first week,…