As I’m writing this, I am still in the United States waiting to leave for El Salvador. To be honest, there are a lot of things I don’t know going in to these next three months but am excited to figure them out once I get there! Here are a few things I do know, however:
- I will be working as a CNA (certified nursing assistant) at the David V. King Medical Center in Jucuapa, Usultan, El Salvador for three months.
- I return on April 30, 2013.
- I will be living with the local pastor, his wife and two of their sons.
- I will work with the local church, but I’m not sure in what capacity other than Sunday morning church service (youth group? helping teach children’s classes?).
- Spanish is the major language spoken in El Salvador but both my host family and the missionary family that is sponsoring me speak English fluently.
- I have studied Spanish for four years in high school but I don’t call myself fluent by any means (especially in medical terminology). I am very excited to see how my Spanish develops when I arrive and use it everyday.
- Here is a picture of El Salvador in relation to the US.
- And here is a picture of El Salvador. If you click on the picture below, the picture will become larger and you can see where I will be staying in Jucuapa, which is in the green-colored district called Usultan in eastern El Salvador.
Since I don’t know much more about the day-to-day activities, I’ll be sure to update this when I have time after I arrive. But to help you all understand where I will be living and working, and to understand more about the clinic in general, here are some resources I’ve found:
- This document is one of the first documents I received from World Gospel Mission when I was trying to decide where to go this semester. This is probably the best summary that I can give you all about what my life will look like for the next three months.
- This is the page for El Salvador within the World Gospel Mission website, which can also help you get an idea of what the organization stands for and why I am so thankful to be going through WGM this semester.
- And finally, I found this youtube clip by a Salvadoran news channel about the clinic soon after it opened in 2011. (I also embedded it below so you can watch it here as well.) David Hawk appears in this clip and he and his wife, as well as their 17 year old daughter, are the missionaries that are sponsoring me these next three months.
I hope this helps you all understand a little better what I’m preparing for and what I’ll be doing when I get there! I’ll be sure to update this page more when I get there and have more information, but it might take a few weeks since I still don’t know my day-to-day schedule.
Finally, if you would like to see a glimpse of what I’ve been doing since exams ended last semester, please pop on over to my friend’s blog. Chelsey asked me to be the subject for one of her photojournalism projects this semester and I think she perfectly captured what it was like for me the past two months while waiting to leave.