Preston Public Interest Career Fund Recipient
Beginning at a young age, the work of International service organizations such as W.H.O or Doctors without Borders is something that has always intrigued me. I grew up watching the images of brave healthcare providers helping people all over the world from Haiti, to Peru and even in my own home country, Rwanda. One very formative experience in my childhood was helping out my uncle who worked for the Red Cross to feed and house street kids in Kigali. Since then, I have always known that this health service work is what I want to dedicate my career field too. That is why for this summer, I sought out and obtained an unpaid internship opportunity with Partners in Health (PIH) in Rwanda.
In the past, I have had previous experience working in public health organizations. Last summer, I interned at Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) where I focused on sexual reproductive health and nutrition issues affecting young girls in Rwanda. Currently, through “Project Sunshine” I volunteer at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland, Maine where I play with and entertain the patients there. Through these experiences, I gained many customer care and responsibility skills regarding interaction with community members. In my studies at Bowdoin, as well, my introductory Sociology course with Professor Riley opened my eyes to the structural connections between access to healthcare and an individual’s identity such as gender, socio-economic class and sexuality.
My goal this summer is to supplement these past skills and use a sociological lens to gain hands- on-experience in the Rwandan health system. I am very invested in my country’s development and this opportunity would allow me to start being actively involved in the changes I want to see happen. My internship is focused on the community health department and I will be working in a youth centered project at Rwinkwavu Hospital. Working with peers to teach them about their health, welfare and education is something that I love to do and would help me grow further as an individual.
I believe that this opportunity would also help me immensely in future educational and career goals. I want to be actively involved in health programs to see what a career as a doctor or public health provider in East Africa would look like. Finally, I want to do something meaningful with my summer that will not only help me personally but also give back to the underprivileged youth back home that didn’t receive the same educational and financial privileges that I had in my life.
- Date September 22, 2017
- Tags 2017, Africa, Healthcare, Preston, Social Service, Sophomore