A History of our Volunteers

Curamericas Global has had a number of volunteers and interns who help our programs run smoothly, and we appreciate all of their hard work over the years! Read below about what some of our former and current volunteers and interns are up to now. If you are interested in being featured on this page, please let us know. We would love to feature you and your accomplishments and will be updating the page regularly!

The Curamericas Global community does amazing work and we are proud of their accomplishments. Thank you to all of our current and past volunteers and interns!

 

Sarah Clark (Intern, Summer 2017) 

“Right now I am finishing my Masters degree at North Carolina State University where I am studying International Studies. After I graduate in May, I hope to find a job in the international development field. I wish more people knew about the great work Curamericas does on a daily basis. I think the most important thing is that Curamericas works on a community level to make sure that the services they provide actually match what the community needs and wants. That way, fewer resources are wasted due to miscommunication. I learned so much that I can hardly summarize everything. I now know that I am interested in helping people and making the world a better place, more so than I did before. And I learned that there are no one-size fits all solution to the world’s problems. Each community needs a specialized approach, which is something Curamericas provides. Everything I worked on, even the most mundane tasks, provided me with a feeling of accomplishment. I am particularly proud of the work that I did with planning fundraising evenings and with the 4th Annual Hops for Hope event. I learned so much about myself and really solidified what I want to work on in the future.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-clark-77782a103

Medmak Kakay (Intern, Fall 2011)

“I’m now working with Jew’s Foundation in the Netherlands. I’ve been here for 6 and a half years now. What I gained from my time at Curamericas was pure experience. I received great experience working there. I had just finished undergrad where I studied at North Carolina Central University. I really craved more experience. And Curamericas met that craving well. Before interning with Curamericas, I didn’t know much about how public health worked globally. But during the internship I was able to get a clear insight into national and local versions of global health. I helped to start the project site in Liberia and Sierra Leone (where I’m from). I had the chance to develop situational analysis for the latter of these two projects.

When I left I wanted to go to grad school. I became interested in global health. I wanted to explore global health more. So I went to DC and enrolled in graduate school. My resume from Curamericas showed that I had global experience. When I was in Liberia I explored a lot and participated a lot in the HIV work performed there. Worked closely with the planning and implementation program there. I was admitted ASAP for grad school. I’ll be finishing a double-master’s this May in Public Health policy management and public policy global health from New York Medical College. I really enjoyed my time with Curamericas because I was struggling to finish my undergrad. I didn’t understand how to put what I had learned during undergrad into practice. The applicability of what I learned in undergrad was perfect for Curamericas. I was able to relate my experience with Curamericas with my undergrad learning. I felt so proud to excel there. I tell people all about Curamericas Global all the time!”

Jessica Moreno (Volunteer, 2015) 

“Currently I am a research manager and nurse at a spine center in Texas. I’m also pursuing a Ph.D. in translational health research. I loved the time I spent in Guatemala. Once I finish school and have more free time, I’m eager to join another team that’s headed back to Guatemala, or wherever! I can’t overstate how much of an impact Curamericas makes on the people of Guatemala, Bolivia, and Kenya. Seeing the appreciation and gratitude from the mothers, fathers, grandparents, and children is priceless. It’s more than giving vaccinations or helping with health screenings, it’s playing soccer and basketball with the kids, learning Chu, and experiencing the culture.

While in Guatemala, I learned that I needed to keep volunteering and giving back. The experience was an awakening for me and allowed me to reevaluate my core values and what I found important in life. While in Guatemala, I was able to provide some health care services for the children, but I was also able to help build a space for a garden. I found it inspiring to see people, with little modern equipment, develop tools and easy fixes with the items they had. I would tell them to just go for it. It will be by far, the most rewarding and life changing experience. Once I’m finished with classes, I’m planning on signing up for another trip. I’ve only been to Guatemala, so I’m am excited to experience Kenya and Bolivia!”

Aditya Mehta (Intern, Fall 2017)

“I’m back in India working on a business venture while I wait for an opportunity to do global health work in low-resource settings. My immediate aspiration is to work on health policy and maternal and child health issues in Africa. Curamericas’ commitment to working in forgotten communities in Latin America and Africa is inspirational and I hope it serves as a model for nonprofits looking to work on maternal and child health issues in resource-poor settings.

During my time there, I learned that long-term partnerships with underserved communities are essential to improving their health outcomes. In addition, I discovered the importance of getting the little things right. Finding that one extra study as a reference in a literature review for a grant application or making that one additional phone call to raise funds for Curamericas’ projects could make a difference to someone’s life in another country. I was proud to have worked on literature reviews for grant applications and contributed to fact sheets for some of Curamericas’ projects, including a blog on the Kuimei Project that I had the opportunity to write. I was also incredibly proud to have worked on Hops for Hope. I wish I could do it all over again!”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adityavarman-mehta-7181622a

Casey McCormic (Fall 2013)

“I am currently working as a nurse at UNC Hospitals in the Emergency Department. Prior to nursing, I worked as the Urban Hygiene and Sanitation Officer for an organization called Seed Madagascar (formerly Azafady) in a small town in southeast Madagascar. I wish more global-health-minded students knew about Curamericas mission and projects. I only worked for Curamericas for a semester, but I learned that even though an organization has a small staff, they can still be a powerful force of change. I helped put together a grant that would help improve access to quality medical care for mothers and children in Guatemala. I was really proud to be apart of a project that was lead by a local community organization and had real sustaining power. Because Curamericas is small and very much working at the community level, you can have a direct impact on mothers and children in lower-resourced settings.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/casey-mccormick-rn-msn-mph-6b715469 

Nat Mansfield (Spring, 2017)

“Currently, I am working at the North Carolina General Assembly as a Bill Processor in the Legislative Drafting Division. It’s fun work, but I am hoping to, career wise, be doing more internationally focused work in the future. When I was an intern, I learned how motivating it can be knowing that work you put forth helps keep the wheels turning on an organization that has such a positive impact on others. Furthermore, it was very educational to observe administration of a global health nonprofit in action.One of my responsibilities was supporting the website and social media marketing. I enjoyed the experience of sharing the awesome work that Curamericas does and engaging with its supporters. For instance, I put up a webpage to raise money to fill suitcases full of medical supplies and it felt good to follow the numbers ticking up over time.

I would highly recommend volunteering for Curamericas. I met really great people during my time there, and I think that people with a variety of interests can gain a lot of knowledge and useful skills from lending their support. Additionally, you get to support an important cause. I wish more people, both locally and worldwide, realized the profound impact that a relatively small organization like Curamericas has made on so many lives. In marginalized or forgotten communities, people die from causes that are preventable and we often can take for granted. I wish more were aware of this and could see how a little bit of support can make literally life-changing differences.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathaniel-mansfield-8593b4b0

Courtenay Pasiczniak (Volunteer, 2017)

“While there in Guatemala, we did deliveries, we did consults, we did some home visits as well as education in the school system. We taught hygiene ed and sex ed. One day we were woken up to help with a breech delivery. It was new to me. There was  no C-section. The body was delivered. The head was stuck. It was high adrenaline drama. The baby was born dead but was revived via CPR. Some of us were doing songs and prayers. The Comardona were all laying on the floor singing lullabies and prayers. The baby actually survived. It was a huge lesson for me. With everything we had been taught, that baby should not be alive. We would have been pronounced it dead on delivery in the US. But the way the Casa Materna staff reanimmated the baby surprised me. At first I just thought they were doing it was for the mother-going that extra mile. But then, at one point I put my stethoscope on the baby’s chest and was amazed to hear a heartbeat.  It was a wonderful experience. I had gone on similar trips before but I had never felt so useful; every future volunteer program I do will be with Curamericas. I loved the empowerment of the women, the training cascade, and I noticed the wealth of statistics we have which helped to make everything very well informed.”

Betty Rupp (Volunteer, 2012)

I am currently a public health researcher at the UNC Collaborative Studies Center for the Adolescent Trials Network for HIV/AIDS. In the future I hope to be able to continue contributing to making people’s lives better through public health and advocacy. My experience as an intern in Liberia taught me that you can do a lot with a little. I greatly enjoyed the deliverables that I worked on, especially the process and fidelity program evaluation for the Nehnwaa Project’s Behavior Change Communications. I also greatly enjoyed working with the Nehnwaa team to adapt a survey I had developed to measure the impact of a microfinance programs on community health worker motivation. It was a wonderful experience.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/betty-rupp-664a1b43

Annalisa Kristoffersen (Intern, Summer 2016):

“My internship at Curamericas Global provided an excellent foundation for what was yet to come in my career. I am SO grateful for Curamericas’ knowledgeable and dedicated staff who offered me invaluable experience. I’ve been fortunate to continue my international skills and global health interests, and find this work especially rewarding during this new political age. I currently work at Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, where I mainly assist with operations related to the Program on Global Policy and Governance in Geneva. This program serves as Duke’s main pipeline to the United Nations and I’ve been so inspired by the students, faculty, staff and researchers dedicated to finding solutions to global issues that matter.

In my free time, I continue my work in the global health space by assisting in health behavior research led by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatrics AIDS Foundation. I work with EGPAF’s Research Officer and help code interviews, process qualitative data, and am currently helping with the writing of a publication for a study on Option B+ in Cameroon. This research guides programming to prevent vertical transmission of HIV, from mother to child. You can have all of the programs, policies and medical supplies in the world for a community, but if a mother doesn’t take their medication at the end of the day or visit the health facility for birthing her baby… it’s all for nothing! I have an increasing respect for efforts that promote sustainable development, and further admire organizations like Curamericas that addresses health needs according to the cultural dynamics of a community. I am motivated by and hopeful for, more than ever, people in need of access to health care.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/annalisa-k-a6117495

 

Claribel Marmol (Intern, Summer 2012):

“Upon graduating from Boston School of Public Health I started working at Community Healthcare Network (CHN) as a Family Planning Health Educator in the South Bronx. I’m still working at CHN in a new role: Sexual and Reproductive Justice Program Coordinator. I’m currently applying to programs to obtain a Family Nurse Practitioner degree.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/csmarmol

 

Katie King (Intern, Fall 2014):

“Since interning with Curamericas Global in 2014, I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and moved to Greensboro for a job in graphic design. After working there for nine months, I began working as an editorial assistant at Our State magazine, where I have been writing and editing happily for the past year! I love being able to stay connected to Curamericas Global by continuing to do freelance design work for their marketing materials on a regular basis. It’s a great cause!”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katieking93

 

Sandra Hartford (Volunteer since 2013):

“My husband, Buzz, and I are still volunteering at the Raleigh office. We live in Maine but spend our winters in NC and work in the office every Thursday. Our daughter, Jean, lives in Chapel Hill. She has lived in NC since 1984. We met Henry Perry and his family in 1977 when he was doing his residency at Maine Medical Center. We have been involved with ARHC/Curamericas since the beginning. Jean spent several months in Boliva with the Perrys in 1983 and tutored Baker and Luke. Curamericas is very special to us.”

 

Marian Larson (Intern, Fall 2014):

“I have been employed part-time as grant writer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle since Sept. 2015. I wouldn’t have gotten that job without my internship at Curamericas! Miss those guys!”

 

Sita Chandra (Intern, Summer 2015):

“I graduated from Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina last May with degrees in both Health Communication and Spanish. I’m currently a graduate student at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. I’m here pursuing my master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health policy and management. I’m still navigating through the world of public health and finding my role in this vast yet wonderful field. Between being an international volunteer and an office intern, Curamericas Global solidified my interest in pursuing a career in public health. Upon graduation in May 2018, I hope to pursue a career working with children’s healthcare.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sita-chandra-53b1a9a4/

Britnae Purdy (Intern, Spring 2015):

“Right after finishing my internship at Curamericas (spring 2015), I interned at the Special Programme for Research and Training in Neglected Tropical Diseases at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland for three months. After returning to the US, I started working at UNC-Chapel Hill and am now the public communications specialist at the NC Institute for Public Health, which is part of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (yes, everywhere I work seems to have a super long name!) In October, I started an MPH program through the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which I am attending as a distance-learning student.”

 

Victoria Ellis (Intern, Summer 2015):

“Since leaving Curamericas Global, I joined the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline as a Future Leader. It’s a rotational role that includes sales, marketing and my ultimate destination of ViiV, our sister company that produces HIV medicines.”

 

Lisa Chowthi (Intern, Spring 2016):

“I am currently finishing up my Master of International Studies degree at North Carolina State University with a specialization in International Program Administration. I am also working full time as a Project Associate in the Global Health Division at RTI International. Over the summer, I worked as an International Program Instructor in Panama for an organization named Broadreach, which runs summer abroad programs for middle school high school, and college students. I also volunteered with Curamericas once again this summer, acting as a translator for a group volunteer trip to Guatemala. I hope to remain involved with Curamericas in the future!”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-chowthi-b2308760

 

Patty Loo (Volunteer, 2013-2014)

“I’m in Los Angeles where I do clinical work – home hospice and also hospitalist. I’m involved with a non-profit called Project Ankor – they work in Cambodia where they do medical mission trips.  When I went with Curamericas to volunteer in Guatemala, I was impressed with how organized everything was – room/board/travel; also with how smoothly things went. I was most impressed with the dedication of the staff and eagerness to learn. For any future volunteers I would tell them about the cultural differences that they should expect. Sometimes there’s longer lunch breaks, or different hours of working, etc. That takes some time to adjust to.

In Guatemala, I was really passionate about the data validation work I did. Curamericas’ passion rubbed off on me. That passion made data work actually fun for me.”

 

Nina Modanlo (Volunteer 2015)

“I recently graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Public Health and Spanish. I’d like to work for a couple years before going into med school to become a physician. I’d like to do capacity building in the developing world; my trip to Guatemala got me interested in exploring healthcare in other countries. Before the trip I didn’t have any experience working in another country. The trip inspired me to go on a Doctors Without Borders trip after also.  It was a shock to be there at first. It was very sobering to see poverty and see how people live. But the Calhitz staff were very supportive and helpful – very humbling for me to see how grateful they were for the help she provided. The food was amazing…”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nina-modanlo-b7993873

 

Corey Gregg (Volunteer, 2015)

“I used my qualitative research on empowerment of Comunicadoras as my MPH and MD capstone research. I’m now doing a double residency in pediatrics and internal medicine in New Orleans. I loved the volunteer research experience and appreciate the Curamericas ethic of empowering locals to do for themselves. I was most impressed with the level of knowledge and skills as one descended the “pyramid” (organizational hierarchy) – how knowledgeable the Educadoras, Community Facilitators, and Comunicadoras were. What affected me the most were statements from the Comunicadoras to the effect that in the past no one in their community cared about anything they had to say, but now, since becoming a Comunicadora, they are respected for their knowledge and people listen to them, and perceive them as educated.

The staff he was most impressed with was Alma – powerful can do anything, the pillar of the organization. He was happy to hear Alma was still there. One incident that stood out was that for the going away party the night before he and other volunteers were leaving, some Curamericas staff who had gone over to Mexico and bought ants, sauteed them in butter for the fiesta. He thinks that kind of experience is memorable for volunteers. He had no advice about the volunteer/intern program, but programatically he suggested that for obstetric emergencies the families not have to pay anything for emergency transport – he suspected the seguro wouldnt always work that well (he was right) and he was glad to hear about the new approach in San MIguel Acatan/Tuzlaj Casa Materna whereby the muni covers the ambulance, driver, and half the gas and we pay half the gas, costing the families nothing – which has resulted in a huge increase in Casa use and compliance with referrals. He is absolutely fine with us sending a list of ways to be involved and said that though his time is limited, he would like to be more active with Curamericas, especially when he gets week-long breaks from his rotations.

 

Lauren Pavone (Intern, Spring 2018)

“Since 2010, I’ve been going on mission trips to the Costa Rican city of Alajuela. I’ve gone six times since. We partner with a mission there that creates children’s feeding programs and works on construction operations in the community. In 2013 I took my dance school to Costa Rica and we started a local-operated dance school in Alajuela. Now local teachers are making a living sharing their cultural history of dance with new generations. We go back regularly and provide dance shoes and clothing so that more locals can get involved in their nation’s rich history of dance. Because of those experiences in Costa Rica I found Curamericas to be a natural fit. At the end of the day, it’s focusing on the same things that always drove me to volunteer in Latin American countries before; empathizing with a community and listening to their their needs. I’m looking forward to joining Curamericas on one of their upcoming trips to Guatemala in the near future!”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenpavone

 

Carmen Buckner (Intern, Spring 2018)

“I grew up both in California and Guatemala. I spent most of my teenage years studying in Guatemala while living with my grandparents. A lot of people I talk to here in the States don’t know where Guatemala is, so I was really surprised to see that there was an organization here in Raleigh that works with remote communities in Guatemala. I told my grandparents who still live in Guatemala that I was working here to benefit Guatemalan communities and they got very emotional. They were so happy that I was connecting with my culture even from all the way over here in Raleigh. They never expected that I’d be giving back to Guatemala the way I am with Curamericas. In the future, I’d like to pursue a PhD in medical anthropology or archaeology of the South Pacific. I want to explore the links between various different cultures in the South Pacific”.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carmen-buckner

 

Alex Johnson (Intern, Spring 2018)

“My time at Curamericas was fantastic! I was able to apply what I had spent the last several years learning about in school to practical, international, development. I will be finishing my graduate schooling in international development in a handful of weeks and am looking forward to a career in the international development field. My particular interests revolve around cryptocurrencies, the dark web,

and illicit markets, and their relationship with development.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-johnson-10b1a239/

 

Kendall Harkey (Intern, Spring 2018)

“I’ve been part of a clogging group since I was in seventh grade. We traveled around the world clogging and I became accustomed to interacting with people from other countries. When I went to college I wanted to continue traveling. I studied abroad in both Peru and Argentina and became enthralled with Latin American culture. In college, I also learned about international development and how sustainable, community-based, development works, and I wanted to see it in practice. Curamericas seemed like a natural fit. Right now, I’m working on an analysis of evidence-based best practices in Guatemalan project sites to help determine what practices can be improved. I’m gaining experience that I can use to pursue my goal of attaining a master’s degree in public health. I’m seeing the practical effects of community-based development here with Curamericas. I’m seeing the successes of it, I’m learning more and more about it, and I’m learning how I can add to that practical change going forward. I’m looking forward to pursuing a graduate degree in Public Health in the near future.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kendall-harkey-79303410a

 

Lindsey Kornelis (Intern, Spring 2018)

“I find that as long as I’m working to make communities more efficient, connective and well-rounded I’m doing work that I enjoy. When doing research on where I wanted to intern, I came across Curamericas and was impressed with how connected, responsive, and integrated they were with the communities that they work with. I’m enjoying the fact that I help represent and spread news about Curamericas within my own community; North Carolina State University. Whether I’m working on spreading the word about Curamericas’ events or helping to spread awareness of Curamericas online, I feel like my time here is well spent. I’m actually considering creating a student-led Curamericas club on NC State’s campus so that I can continue growing Curamericas’ community presence here! “

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsey-kornelis-242a70132

 

Taylor Durham (Intern, Spring 2018)

“As Campus Integration Intern, I was able to learn about how to create, share, and execute a message to a large audience. I’m looking forward to taking my skills that I’ve learned here at Curamericas to a career in marketing. I’d love to get involved in a Curamericas trip sometime in the future!”

 

Bianca MacMullen (Intern, Spring 2018)

“Curamericas helped teach me valuable skills in management and volunteer coordination such as when I helped to establish a Curamericas volunteer service at the Guatemalan Consulate here in Raleigh. I also worked on the Mother-Daughter Tea that was a big success! I’m looking into joining the Peace Corps after I earn my Bachelor’s!”

Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/in/biancamac/

 

Rob Callus (Intern, Spring 2018)

“I was drawn to Curamericas because of its melding of public health and social work. My time here at Curamericas allowed for me to gain more experience in community health and research. I worked on analyzing and reporting on our research and data that had been collected from our project sites in Kibera, Kenya and was really proud of the results of that analysis! My future plans involve finding a career that allows for me to explore the power of conversation and dialogue, more specifically literature and how it acts as a channel for conversation and dialogue and social justice.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-callus-288391159/

 

Alyssa Peavey (Intern, Spring 2018)

“I worked on a grant that was being made for our Guatemalan project site. I also did some operations research for the site that I hope will maximize the success of our program there! I’m looking forward to hopefully going to Guatemala with Curamericas and working there as well!”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alyssa-peavey-a98b5989/

 

Shayanne Martin (Volunteer, 2011 & 2015)

“One of the most memorable aspects of my experience volunteering were the stories – personal accounts by women being visited by Educadoras on domestic violence – which were very moving. I was also impressed by the work of Educadoras in empowering women during home visitation; Educadoras were teaching women about their rights to healthcare, women’s rights. Thanks to the experience I gained working with Community Health Workers in Guatemala, I’m now working at the USAID – HIV Health Workforce Development (in DC) where I work with CHWs.”

Victoria Ellis (Intern, Spring 2015)

“I currently work at GlaxoSmithKline in HIV public policy. When I was at Curamericas I did a lot of communications, blog posts, and sorted volunteer donations during big trips. I was still working when we were switching to the new website so I learned a lot about working with websites and blogs which has been helpful since I’m currently running my own blog.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoria-ellis-25aa2135

Kristen Patrick (Volunteer, Guatemala)

” I was a labor and delivery nurse; it was a wonderful experience. I did different things each day – home visits, clinic/Casa Materna – mostly home visits and working with Care Groups – I loved it and learned a lot. I learned from local women. They showed me how they approach health care, how it was different. How they used medical plants and herbs; I learned about how they take care of each other as a community; one night all the women did each other’s hair Mayan style. Eating together that last night was very nice; the whole thing was a life-changing experience for me – I had traveled to Europe before, but this was different. That trip made me realize how rich the people in the Mayan communities were with social and mutual support; they opened my eyes to a new reality – now I want more community in my life and would love to go back to Guatemala.”

Taranjot Bajwa (Intern, Spring 2017)

“I graduated in May from Meredith. I worked with Barbara and loved having her as a supervisor. I worked on putting events together such as the Mother Daughter event and the Film Festival held at the church. I really liked volunteering at Curamericas because I worked with great people and I was really able to hone in on my people and communication skills. I’m currently working at UNC Hospitals as a Clinical Unit Worker/CNA. Looking to go to school to become a physician’s assistant (PA) and looking at maternal and infant health. I’d love to come back and volunteer in the future!”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/taranjot-bajwa-b5011594

Mandesa Smith (Volunteer, Guatemala) 

” I worked in Guatemala and worked at the Casas Maternas doing primary care/maternal care, training of Casa staff, and home visits. I learned about the culture and wanted to help others less fortunate. The people and food were wonderful, staff and community people welcoming and generous; I just liked everyone. Home visits were really cool. We got to see how people actually lived – weighing babies, checking water treatment, etc. I wanted to learn more from the people and also learn more from Curamericas Guatemala staff.”

Susan Ventaloro (Intern, Fall 2016)

“I graduated in May from NC State with Global Studies and International Development degrees and am currently living at home and looking at master’s programs for healthcare management and business-hoping to work at a hospital; I spent a lot of time doing financial reports, time sheets, organizing for volunteer trips while at Curamericas. I loved Barbara and Jane and enjoyed working with them. I liked having access to the Global Health Conferences. The entire internship helped me solidify what I wanted to do career-wise.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/susan-ventaloro-45456892

Nicki Newsome (Volunteer, 2017)

“During my trip with Curamericas I was able to do and see a lot; I felt like I learned from the staff jsut as much as they learned from me and the other volunteers. The peak experience was home visits. We were able to see their houses, women showed off their kitchen gardens, and were very proud of their work. Seeing how locals are learning to be self-sufficient while keeping traditional values was nice.; We spent lots time playing with them. I can’t wait to go back.”

Jill Block (Volunteer, 2017)

“I enjoyed every bit of the experience. Particularly was being with the people in the villages. Being able to use my medical background to help others was gratifying. I did work in the Casa Maternas. We did home visits, prenatal checks, helping with growth monitoring in home visitations. We found a child with eczema and taught their parents how to treat them properly. It first time doing volunteer work and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”

Sadie Gillis (Intern, 2011)

“Curamericas was my first experiencing in the global health industry. I now have a contract partnership with an NGO called Concordia which convene task forces from the public sector, private sector, and government. While at Curamericas I worked on the Haiti project with French translation and other administrative duties related to the project. I also worked on the Liberia project as well. After leaving Curamericas I got my master’s degree at the New School in New York in International Affairs with an interest in Global Governance and Human Rights. I then went to work with women in Bosnia through a field program. While I was there, another intern had the opportunity to visit Liberia where the work I was contributing to was being done. It was rewarding to see someone working with something that I helped to grow back when I was an intern.”

Paige Marley (Intern, 2014)

“I graduated from Appalachian State and am now in 2nd year of a Master’s program in Public Policy at Georgetown with a special interest in domestic issues in education. I hope to move back to NC and work at the state or government level in K-12 working on human capital development, professional development for teachers, and retention of new teachers. I only worked at Curamericas for 6 weeks on communication and development but during that time I learned a lot. I wrote blog posts, did social media, launched Instagram and even did research on solicitation license. The work was a good balance for a undergraduate student. I gained a lot exposure to administration and even grants through solicitation license research which I didn’t get in any other internship. My undergraduate thesis was about Curamericas work. Specifically looking at Guatemala and the work that was performed there.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paige-e-marley

Nicole Lawson (Intern, Spring 2016)

“I graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Dance and Spanish Literature; worked in Outreach and Development under Barbara, did translation work for Casa Maternas which were undergoing transition to being solely run by the local community at the time. I also worked on editing blog posts. Because of this internship, I received a job as a receptionist for the American Dance Festival. I’m now a dance teacher in the Greensboro/Kernersville area and I’ve produced my own show with Joy Movement. Curamericas was my first time doing major translation work. I didn’t know much about medical/public health translation so it was invaluable experience.”

Lauren Heafy (Intern Fall 2012)

“While there I was pursuing a Master’s in International Affairs with an interest in Global Public Health and development at NC State. At Curamericas I worked on grants management, USAID coordinating, research on prospective grants, worked in finance, program management, and development,  and wrote blog posts. I was exposed to running a non-profit. The internship at Curamericas helped me secure a position as a grant assistant at Planned Parenthood Federation in NYC. I used to be grant analyst but now I’m Senior Manager of Health Grants; would like to transition into the program development side more so that I can work on developing and implementing sustainable health solutions on the ground like Curamericas does”.

Jennifer Comer (Intern, Spring 2016)

“I received my Master’s in International Studies from NC State. As an intern, I helped with the Mother Daughter Tea, did research for grants, and took data and reports from Guatemala-measurable results data into digestible info in the form of blog posts. After, I did an internship in Zambia through UNC’s water institute on solar powered water turbines, then worked for Samaritan’s Purse in the international disaster response unit. I also worked on emergency failed hospitals in Iraq-contacted medical professionals who would work in Iraq for 3 weeks mostly on women and children who were injured by IEDs. It was a WHO-funded project. I’m currently looking into other employment.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jennifer-comer-3558871/

 

 


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