- Mei, Medical Mission, Peru 2018 & Nursing, Ecuador 2018
- Jaimie, Nursing Mission, Ecuador 2018
- Christine, Medical Mission, Peru 2015 & Ecuador 2017
- Noelle, Education, Peru 2017
- Ali, Education, Peru 2017
- Sarah, Education, Peru 2017
- Oscar, Medical Mission, Ecuador 2017
- Misha, Education, Peru 2016 & 2017
- Jessica Entwistle, Education, 2015 & 2016
“In February 2018, I went on my first medical mission trip with SEA Abroad to travel to Lima, Peru and it has changed my life, perspective and outlooks on life and on health care overall. I got to experience a new culture, language, food, greetings, dancing, assisting in delivering medical care to patients; but most importantly I formed meaningful connections and relationships. I got to work with such an incredible partnership organization of Solidaridad en Marcha, Peruvian medical professionals, students and the community members of Peru, as well as such a wonderful group of Brock students and trip leaders.
If I had to use a few words to describe my experiences I would use: partnership, reciprocity, teamwork, acceptance, humbling, love, friendship, challenge, speechless, eye-opening, adventure, surprising, and empower & empowering.
This experience has resonated deeply with me in terms of meaningful relationships, and towards my passion in health and aspiration to put what I learned into my future practice.
Within the same year from June to July 2018 I travelled back to Peru and then to Ecuador on another medical mission with Brock nurses. It was a more grounded experience since I knew what to expect but just as powerful and meaningful as the first mission trip. SEA’s mission trips truly gave me a chance to experience something much larger than myself and my life here by becoming integrated into another culture, customs, and to connect with so many people on that heartfelt level.
My advice to those considering going….seize the opportunity, take a chance, put yourself out there to meet new friends, gain new skills, and to develop a larger perspective. It is 100% worth your time and investment and I am so grateful I had this opportunity. My SEA journey has only just begun and I know I’ll be coming back.”
“In June of 2018, I had just finished my third year of nursing and had the amazing opportunity of joining SEA on their Nursing Mission trip to Ecuador. It is always difficult for me to summarize my trip into words because all I can simply say is “amazing,” “life-changing,” and “eye-opening.” Being able to see the culture and the way of living in a whole different country was amazing. Being able to triage and give care to almost 1000 patients was life-changing. And through all these eye-opening experiences, I was able to learn so much about myself.
Prior to leaving, everyone was so sure that I was going to change all these peoples lives and make an impact, and even when I returned and attempted to share my stories, everyone was at awe of the changes I have made in their lives; but nobody mentioned how much connecting with the people of Ecuador would change my life and impact how I view life, health, and community.”
“I have been on the last two Med Plus SEA Trips: Peru in May 2015 and Ecuador in May 2017. During these missions, we had the chance to experience a little of every task within the heal campaign. The first trip we did a headlice checking stations and a headlice shampooing station, a fluoride dental cleaning station and a dental teaching station. Both trips consisted of a triage station, baseline measurements: height, weight, blood pressure, blood sugar measurements with the addition of a pharmacy station and a job shadowing station. It was interesting to see that a lot of the in-class material I have learnt was able to be applied to my volunteer experience, especially Medical Microbiology. This application was seen in our job shadows where we got a little more insight to the types of tropical diseases the patients were exposed to. This trip gave me real life and practical experience dealing with others in a global setting. It also exposed me to tasks completed in the healthcare setting like taking blood pressure, blood sugar height, weight – giving me a taste to how it is like being on practitioner side of the interaction. It provided me with a unique experience in where I was able to learn a lot from the physicians, nurses and dentists. This improved my cross-cultural interactions, interpersonal and communication skills. I was definitely able to connect social justice to my career goals. Healthcare is an innate human right. Even though all people should be granted access to it, it is not that simple. This trip has provided me with further insight into the lives of very different people. They have shown me exactly how difficult and unnecessarily exhausting it can be to obtain access to healthcare. I find it can be unfair that the place you live in is a determinant of your education, life expectancy and your health. The people I saw on this trip were affected by the opportunities that were given to them and as a healthcare practitioner, you need to take that into account. Latin America has a very different culture than the Western world and the interactions are very different. It is refreshing to know that people actually smile and acknowledge at the people around them and treat people as if they are human and not bound behind an electronic screen. The biggest piece I took away from this trip is to set aside all the differences and relate to and love the person standing in front of you, no matter what they look like or who they are.”
“This past May I was blessed with the chance to travel to Peru with Brock University’s SEA program. I spent two weeks both immersing myself in the Peruvian culture, as well as working with the students of Horst Kiehn. Within the week of working in the classroom, I was able to develop relationships with my students; as well as the amazing staff at the school. This experience allowed me to grow not only as a teacher, but as a learner as well. Along with being in the school, we went on outings every night, took Spanish classes and visited some of the most breathtaking places. Taking advantage of this trip allowed me to travel this amazing country, experience my future profession, as well as make some life-long friends. I am extremely grateful for all this trip taught me and will never forget it.”
“In may 2017, I travelled to Lima, Peru, as part of the Solidarity Experiences Abroad Program at Brock University. This program offered an educational trip to teach abroad. As a student, and as a prospective teacher, this was easily one of the most memorable and life changing experiences. I not only learned more about myself as a future educator, but this trip made me appreciate my life and want to do more for others. This trip was so incredible because of how the students at the school that we travelled to, were so eager and willing to learn a language that wasn’t their own. It was amazing to see how much passion and appreciation these children have for learning, that we often take for granted. This community and every child and teacher within it, all showed so much love and happiness every single day, and I am so happy that I was able to be a part of that learning and growing process! I’ll never forget this amazing and memorable trip and I hope I am able to return to Peru one day!”
“This past spring, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Peru through Solidarity Experiences Aboard. This 2 week cultural exchange program allowed me to learn so much about myself, the culture and people of Peru. We did everything from cooking traditional Peruvian food, taking Spanish lessons, learning traditional dances, exploring different cities and visiting ancient ruins. But my absolute favourite part of this trip was teaching English. Before this program, I wasn’t 100% confident in my ability to teach but just one week of working with the great students and staff of Horst Kiehn reassured me that this is what I’m meant to do. SEA is still looking for students applications and Friday, Nov 3rd is the last day to apply to guarantee a spot. Don’t miss this awesome opportunity!!!!!”
My name is Oscar Palacio, and I am a second year Medical Science Student at Brock University. This past May, I went to Ecuador on the Medplus Medical mission with SEA. My experiences from this wonderful experience left me speechless as it truly made a positive impact in guiding my future, as well as helping me to grow as a person. This trip also gave me hands on experience by working with patients in doing triage, and collaborating with doctors who dedicated most of their time to teaching and explaining the situation of every patient we treated. The children and families in Ecuador truly made me realize that I must appreciate everything by enjoying the smallest and simplest things in life! I am very happy I was part of this excellent experience, and I hope one day I can return and be part of this awesome experience again!”
“In May of 2016, I was a student on the SEA Education trip to Lima, Peru. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to teach abroad through SEA. This trip was a memorable experience that has helped shape me into the type of educator I strive to be. I have learned from fellow Brock students who participated, as well as the teachers, facilitators and students of Horst Kiehn. I am so inspired by the relationship of the students and teachers and it has taught me that genuine love and passion is most important when it comes to teaching. Overall, I was able to apply knowledge from my program into practical classroom experiences, and continuously build upon my knowledge through this experience. I am so excited to return to Lima, Peru in May 2017 as a trip leader, and cannot wait to be apart of this experience with another group of Brock Concurrent Education students!”
“In my fourth year at Brock University, I went to an information session about the Peru Education trip with a couple of my close friends. After hearing about the Solidarity Experiences Abroad program, I knew that this was something I wanted to be involved with! In 2015, I was a student on the SEA Education trip. Waking up every morning and knowing that I was going to teach made me extremely happy. The volunteer work that is done throughout this program also holds a special place in my heart. Seeing the constant joy and excitement of everyone around you really changes your perspective on what you truly need in order to be happy yourself. After participating as a student on the trip, I was asked to be a trip leader for the 2016 Education trip and there was no way that I could turn it down! Being able to go back to Peru for the second time allowed me to reconnect with students and community members that I had previously had the pleasure of working with. It also allowed me to showcase my leadership and organizational skills on a bigger scale. I strongly recommend this trip to anyone who is interested! I can confidently say that these experiences have affected my life in such a positive way. The people that you collaborate with throughout the journey will have a lasting affect on how you choose to live each day. My outlook on life and my awareness of others continues to blossom and I hope that YOU get to experience this incredible journey for yourself.”