Welcome to Roatan!

The view from my front porch! I just made it to Roatan so here’s my first post! Some background: Roatan is an island off the north east coast of Honduras with a population of ~60,000 people. It is surrounded by the second largest coral reef in the world, making it a prime tourist destination. Though…

Honduras– my true Wonderland!

Hola again amigos! It’s been a good two weeks since I came back to the states from Honduras, and it has taken about that long to recuperate from the total reverse culture shock of returning home! I want to thank the USC Institute for Global Health again SO much for its help and support for…

Honduras– Looking Forward

Photos: 1. Bird’s eye view of Tegucigalpa! 2. July’s Outreach Brigade team. 3. Kids at the San Lorenzo Orphanage. 4. A night out on the town–in line for an African dance performance at the National Theater in Tegucigalpa’s own Central Park! — After 9 weeks of living, laughing, and learning in Honduras, I have finally…

Honduras wrap-up

Photos: The colorful picture is of my corn children, which I bought from a couple of kids selling them from restaurant to restaurant. The top right picture is of some of the clinic employees, all but two of whom are university students as well! The bottom right picture is of me and Dr. Santos (left),…

6 Weeks of Honduras

Hola from Honduras!!! The past few weeks here have been incredible– although I was down for several days due to sickness early on, I have since rebounded in time to experience the wonders of Honduran pride in the World Cup, sudden downpours and subsequent hours-long traffic in the mountains, and the interactions among people and…

Honduras

This is my first of hopefully many posts detailing my experiences in Honduras, where I am conducting a study with two main objectives: first, to see what kinds of eye diseases are present in Honduras and how prevalent they are in the population, and second, to measure the efficacy of medical/ocular health survey results in…

Progress in Zarzal and Cofradia

Hola! A lot has happened in the past week! I’ve finished surveying two more communities- Zarzal and Cofradia, and am currently working with USC’s Global Water Brigades in a fourth community- Los Pajarillos. After finishing surveys in Yamaguare, Rachel and I moved on to the nearby community of Zarzal. Compared to Yamaguare, it’s economically better…

Que Ondas from Honduras!

Rafa, our driver, and I in Yamaguare For the past few days, I’ve been going out to the community, Yamaguare, and surveying the adults living there. My GB partner, Rachel Gutierrez, and I have been getting great responses to our survey and all of the community members have been eager to participate. Our survey is…

Gender and Development in Honduras

Hola from Honduras! I just landed here in the capital city, Tegucigalpa, and I’m about to head over to a friend’s place for Christmas dinner, but I thought I’d give a quick introduction. My name is Stacey Chiu and I’m a junior at USC majoring in Sociology and minoring in Public Health. I’m currently working…