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noimageA group of premedical students are assisting Belizean doctors provide general health care to residents in at least five villages in the North Carolina State University, North Carolina, USA. The group is in Belize through the International Service Learning, a private organization run by foreign medical investors. The twenty-four students are assisting doctors from the Northern Regional Hospital providing general health care and today were working at San Lazaro and Santa Martha Villages. We caught up with the group in San Lazaro Village where Alexa Stout told us more about the work they are doing.

Alexa Stout – Pre-medical Student

“We all set up and help the doctors to visit us many people in the community as we can and we take vitals and we give back the prescription that the doctors say, we just try to touch every family that we can her that means help.”

Dalila Ical – Reporter

“So this is the second year that you are here, what is the routine, you guys visit different villages?”

Alexa Stout – Pre-medical Student

“Yes we try to visit at least five villages but we give appointments and we give half visits and try to see how many families have sick people and then we set up the clinic here most of the day and we try to keep it a good flow and everything and try them to see the doctors as much as they can.”

This is the second time that Stout is in Belize and the third time that her group is here. The group comes to Belize annually and reaches out to several different communities.

Alexa Stout – Pre-medical Student

“It’s absolutely amazing, it is great coming back the second time so I can keep an eye for stuff that I can’t see last year just seeing the different living conditions and working with what you guys have to make the best lifestyle possible because everyone deserve a good health and good living conditions and because it helps me as a future medical person see the need here and hopefully one day comeback and be able to help out and contribute.”

International Service Learning has been working in Belize for over seven years. All students who come through the program are volunteers who pay their way to and from the country. This year the group will be in Orange Walk for twelve days. They are scheduled to visit Carmelita, San Felipe and Yo Creek Villages in the days ahead. The team leaves on Wednesday of next week.

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