Blog Written 7/9/2014 by Aimee Desrochers, Major: Health Studies, Study Abroad: Togo
As I organize my clothes, bug repellant, and mosquito net into one back pack to bring to Togo, West Africa tomorrow I wonder if I will be packing up all the same things in a year to start the Peace Corps. Tomorrow I am leaving for about three weeks in Togo to learn about global health in a resource poor setting. I am so excited to learn from the organizations and people we are going to be working with for 10 days and get hands on experience in global health. I am a senior in the health studies program and when I graduate in December I will be leaving for two years, living in Togo for the Peace Corps. I am so fortunate to be able to study abroad there before I move there and get a better understanding of what my life will be like there.
I am leaving a little earlier than the rest of the group and doing some sight seeing in Ghana and staying a little longer at the end to hopefully meet fellow peace corps working in the area I may be stationed. For ten days we are working with a team of nurses and doctors to provide primary health care and screening to individuals with little access and resources. I am going to be doing wind shield surveys and community assessments to determine what the community wants and what resources they have. I am looking forward to learning from the communities about their lives and what they want for their communities in the future. This is going to be an amazing experience and I cannot believe I am leaving tomorrow.