Coming to UA, I never really saw myself leaving the state of Alabama. Alabama is home to me and I grew up just 2 hours north of Title Town. I always heard people talk about their adventures in Spain or Italy and the amazing experiences they had abroad, but I never really thought studying abroad was for me. However, I had always dreamed of participating in a medical mission trip and UA Study Abroad has given me the chance to do just that.

The Capstone College of Nursing has given me the opportunity to go and serve for ten days in the city of Mumbwa, Zambia. We departed yesterday! Though I know without a doubt I will miss my family, I am SO excited about the opportunities in Zambia! I will be starting my 4th semester of nursing school this fall and I have been with the same cohort throughout my entire time in nursing school. This trip is allowing me to interact with girls from other cohorts and two of CCN’s great instructors! I am excited to see the interaction among the groups with different experience levels.

My goal for this trip is to immerse myself into the culture of Zambia and to love on the Zambian people while providing basic health care. I am super excited about the pop-up clinics we will be doing.   Our team will end our experience in Zambia with a safari next Friday! Real life giraffes and elephants in the middle of an African Safari? Does it really get any better than that?

Here is a pic of the team from Birmingham.  We met up with the rest of our Team at Washington-Dulles Airport in VA as well as Addis Ababa Airport in Ethiopia.