First Year Trip
First-year students can spend their spring break volunteering in a foreign culture within the U.S. borders at Red Valley, Arizona, in the Navajo Nation. This past year, 12 students stayed on a rural high school campus, helping out at local schools, touring and shadowing doctors at Ship Rock’s Indian Health Services’ hospital on the reservation, and participating in cultural activities with local Navajo Nation residents. In the past, volunteer activities have also included working with an outdoor adventure youth program, teaching STATS (Students Teaching AIDS to Students), drug education, anatomy, diabetes education, and reproductive health.
Second Year Trip
Second-year students spend their spring break in Central or South America in a clinically-oriented experience. This trip is designed to students a glimpse into healthcare in another setting as well as the unique cultural, socioeconomic, and health-related concerns of the selected country. In years past, students have traveled with the Timmy Foundation to Guatemala to see healthcare conducted in rural areas and to help at an orphanage, and to Peru, where students were able to get a glimpse of local medical school life, shadow physicians at a rural hospital and small rural clinics, visit an orphanage, and participate in cultural events and outdoor activities in the Andes. In 2016 and 2017, the trip was to Nicaragua, where 6 students worked in rural communities on malnutrition and other public health concerns and shadowed in clinic.