The day after final exams ended in June, 43 UW pharmacy students met before dawn at SeaTac. Seventeen hours later they landed, bleary-eyed but eager, at Managua’s airport. They queued through customs, bearing certifications from Nicaragua’s Ministry of Health, and met their in-country coordinator. Then they set out for Esteli, a small village they’d call home for the next five days.
One of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, Nicaragua can be both beautiful and challenging. Many people lack access to basic necessities.
The students had completed months of fundraising and planning for the opportunity to see this developing nation and to help as they could, in partnership with Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization.
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