At age 20 I flew to Accra, Ghana with the hopes of completing my undergraduate internship requirements. My young, naive self had no idea what was really in store for me. I volunteered at a rural hospital and learned how to do blood tests for Malaria, Yellow Fever, and HIV. As I dreamed of becoming an American Medical Doctor, this was an exciting learning opportunity. Still, I was unaware of how much I was truly learning.
It was almost the end of my second year of college and with summer around the corner, my best friend and I were exploring our options. I told him that I wanted to do something big and important, and that's when he showed me Cross-Cultural Solutions. We decided to travel to Peru and intern as medical assistants.
My first international trip wasn’t planned overnight. In fact, I spent several years thinking of exactly what it was that I wanted to experience when I left my comfort zone. And when I found Cross-Cultural Solutions, I was hooked. I knew that when I had the opportunity to finally cross the ocean, it would not be to do something only for myself. I wanted to give back as well.