IHP Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care (Spring 2)

Letters Home

The Letters Home are written by students on this program, with help from the Trustees Fellow, at the end of each country program. Letters from the current academic year can be found at the Letters Home blog. You can read past letters through the links on the right. We hope you enjoy reading about our students’ experiences!

 

 

Spring 2013 letters

South Africa
Without a doubt, the homestay families in South Africa have been beyond generous and welcoming. They have greeted us with open arms and together, we have learned that happiness is a choice; we must be thankful for what we have; and that faith in each other will carry us through difficult times. While eating delicious meals, usually consisting of pap, bean soup, shredded cabbage, fried chicken, and rice, we have been sharing stories about school, friends, and life with our brothers and sisters.
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Vietnam
Today is our final day in Vietnam, so we wanted to share what our experience has been like with you.

Once all of us settled into our homestays and recovered from jetlag following our 30-hour trek around the planet, we dove right into learning all about Vietnam’s healthcare system. Our guest lecturers and readings helped us understand the historical, economic, political, and cultural factors that contributed to the rise of the healthcare system of Vietnam as it exists today.
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Brazil
Greetings from Brazil! We arrived here about month ago. We flew out of Dulles International Sunday, January 27 and after an hour delay to our departure, we finally took off. We landed in São Paulo around 10:30 in the morning on Monday and despite the long flight, we were all filled with excitement. Once our bags were claimed and all successfully entered the country, we were met with two smiling faces, Glenda and Caio. We knew their significance to our experience on a professional level, but we quickly learned how significant they would be to us on a more personal level
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Washington, D.C.
Welcome to Washington D.C.! After a quick goodbye to the parents, we were ushered into an orientation to our host city, our program, and most importantly, to each other. Two weeks after that first meeting, it’s hard to imagine we didn’t know one another. For the first few days our Trustees Fellow, Sarah White, led us in a variety of activities to discover what kind of community we wanted to build for the semester.
Read the entire letter.




Spring 2012 Letters

United States
Hello from Washington, D.C.! We are the IHP Health and Community Track 2 group composed of 34 students from various colleges across the United States; our traveling faculty, Shanti Avirgan and Lee Rosenthal; and our Trustees Fellow, Janelle Little. We were welcomed to D.C. by our amazing country coordinator, Jeremy Ogusky, a potter and HIV/AIDS activist. Following orientation and our goodbyes to loved ones, we traveled to the William Penn House, a Quaker community hostel located in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, a stone’s throw from the Capitol.
Read the entire letter.


Brazil
After a ten hour flight, we arrived in the bustling city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tired and groggy from travel, we were greeted in the airport with hugs and kisses by unfamiliar people who bizarrely knew our names.  Little did we know that these strangers, Country Coordinator, Glenda, and Facilitator, Caio, would soon become our family.
Read the entire letter.


Vietnam
On February 26, we left Brazil, bound for Vietnam. We saw the sun rise at the airport (due to a six-hour flight delay) and listened to Caio serenade us as we sat together on the floor, singing along or sleeping. After bidding tearful goodbyes to our beloved Brazil team, we prepped ourselves for 24 hours in the air and the prospect of a free day in Doha (although we ended up catching our original flight).
Read the entire letter.




Spring 2011 Letters

United States
Hello from Washington, D.C.! We are the IHP Health and Community Track 2 group composed of 34 students from various colleges across the United States; our traveling faculty, Shanti Avirgan and Lee Rosenthal; and our Trustees Fellow, Janelle Little. We were welcomed to D.C. by our amazing country coordinator, Jeremy Ogusky, a potter and HIV/AIDS activist. Following orientation and our goodbyes to loved ones, we traveled to the William Penn House, a Quaker community hostel located in the vibrant Capitol Hill neighborhood, a stone’s throw from the Capitol.
Read the entire letter.


Washington, D.C.
Welcome to Washington D.C.! After a quick goodbye to the parents, we were ushered into an orientation to our host city, our program, and most importantly, to each other. Two weeks after that first meeting, it’s hard to imagine we didn’t know one another. For the first few days our Trustees Fellow, Sarah White, led us in a variety of activities to discover what kind of community we wanted to build for the semester.
Read the entire letter.


Brazil
After a ten hour flight, we arrived in the bustling city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tired and groggy from travel, we were greeted in the airport with hugs and kisses by unfamiliar people who bizarrely knew our names.  Little did we know that these strangers, Country Coordinator, Glenda, and Facilitator, Caio, would soon become our family.
Read the entire letter.


Vietnam
On February 26, we left Brazil, bound for Vietnam. We saw the sun rise at the airport (due to a six-hour flight delay) and listened to Caio serenade us as we sat together on the floor, singing along or sleeping. After bidding tearful goodbyes to our beloved Brazil team, we prepped ourselves for 24 hours in the air and the prospect of a free day in Doha (although we ended up catching our original flight).
Read the entire letter.


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Credits: 16

Duration: Spring, 16 weeks

Program Sites:
USA, Argentina, South Africa, Vietnam

Prerequisites: None. Coursework in public health, anthropology, biology, or related field recommended. Learn More...

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