For well over 20 years, HBI has taken a team of volunteers from around the U.S., Canada and Europe to Perú for a service learning trip we call (aptly named) Team Perú. The teams of volunteers, coming from a number of different walks of life and professions, take part in an immersive experience to learn about the culture and people of Perú, participate in joint service learning projects with their Peruvian colleagues, and learn about health services delivery and social justice projects.
This year, for the first time, we have fulfilled a long held mission . . . and we have a team of Peruvian volunteers in the U.S., Yep - that's right, we have a group learning about the culture and people of the United States (Portland, OR), taking part in a number of service learning experience with a focused on underserved populations, and partnering with a group of U.S. volunteers.
This trip, our pilot cross cultural immersion experience, is a collaboration between Linfield College School of Nursing and Universidad Cathólica Santa Maria (UCSM). We have six volunteers - 3 RN students, 1 graduate student (who also happens to be an RN) in occupational health, and two faculty members of UCSM (including the Dean of the School of Nursing). This is a big deal for us. In many ways, it feels like closure on a long held "promise."
We are so excited to share this project with the friends and supporters of HBI (many of whom have joined HBI on a Team Perú trip). Thanks for believing in our work. We are blessed by your support.
We'll be posting photos over the next two weeks of the project.
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