My last day in Ufa

It is always interesting to experience a new culture, especially when one interacts with locals on a daily basis for an extended period of time. I have always known that Russians do not celebrate Christmas on December 25th like we would normally do in the States and many other parts of the world. Instead the…

Diary for the Project!!

Hi Guys,Sorry for late post, but I have been really busy trying to get things worked out. So let me go back and talk about each day so far.Day 1: After about 3 hours of sleep, I had to attend a scheduled a meeting with Dr. Banshi Saboo (the director of Diabetic Care India –…

Day 1: Food was the interesting point!!

Hi Everyone, Well i was supposed the make this post yesterday, but since I’m traveling in India i have seldom access to internet. So here goes my day 1 experience. Teaching at Nai Disha was a unique experience in every day. Our day was divided into two half’s, First from 10am to 1pm we were…

Uganda!

I finally have a stable connection to the internet here in Uganda. At last. The past few days I have barely had any internet; just enough to check emails. But even in this day and age, sacrificing the Internet is a small price to pay for the experience and fun I’m getting in return. It…

Updates on project Nai Disha: Obesity

Hi Everyone, So finally I get time as well as internet to blog about my 5 days of teaching at Nai Disha Educational Society. It has been an amazing experience to teach the students at Nai Disha. The students are smart, energetic, enthusiastic and obviously mischievous. To post the best out of my experience, I…

Guatemalan Infectious Disease: Up and Running

Rush hour in the carpool lane (Dr. S, Ramos, Martita, Noami and Maria) USC volunteers Neda Shafai and Wendy Moh assist in the pediatric clinic Hello health fans! After a week of hiccups and road bumps, we finally began our first round of testing yesterday thanks to the discovery of spare rapid antigen tests, culture…

An Overview of Project Nai Disha in Delhi, India

Namaste! I’m Amanda, a freshman majoring in Neuroscience. I’m Hardik, 2nd year Grad student majoring in Computer Science. And I’m Amitha, a junior majoring in Global Health. We are volunteering together with South Asian Rural Student Aid (SARSA), a non-profit organization on campus to teach at the Nai Disha Learning Center in Delhi, India. The…

From Russia with “bbbrrr”” – Updates from Ufa

The weather forecast today read -14 ⁰ C (which is about 6 ⁰F). While you may be thinking “Oh boy, that is freezing cold,” my body has adjusted fairly well to the climate since I arrived and I must say that -14⁰ C is bearable. My breaking point is about -28⁰ C (or -18 ⁰F)…

Guatemalan Infectious Disease: Week One Recap

Sitting on one of the many docks along Lake Atitlan during Wednesday’s lunch break Government campaign to vaccinate locals for Rotovirus Hello health fans! Since my last post, so much has happened in and around my research. In the past five days, I worked at three different health clinics with Drs. Sinkinson and Cereza (his…

Begining of the First Day

Hello from Project India in India…. I have reached Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India this morning. I am thrilled to follow you up with my first blog post of my life. I reached Ahmedabad, Gujarat at 3am. Flight was good. Couldn’t sleep much… Just kept on thinking about this project. A lot to do!! Anyways, just to…

Epilepsy in Uganda

Having finally landed in Uganda, I can finally start work on my project. On a side note, I would like to just get this out there: 16 consecutive hours spent at 38,000 feet is not fun at all. The temperature here is the complete opposite of LA: hot and humid, as opposed to dry and…

Guatemalan Infectious Disease: The Road Less Traveled

It’s never easy traveling long distances–factor in a plane delay, a missed flight leading to an unexpected overnight layover in Houston, lost luggage by Guatemalan airline officials, and a three hour bus ride through steep crumbling roads, and you quickly learn it’s all about focusing on the positive. That being said, I could not be…