August 21, 2017
Posted by: Duane Belanger
The team arrived at the Volunteer Coordinator at 730am for a briefing, after which the team boarded a bus that would take them to the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC) clinic in Alajuelita. Once at the clinic the team received a briefing and tour of the clinic after which they were broken down into 4 groups. One group of volunteers worked with patients arriving for care, taking vitals and documenting the reason for seeking care. Another group worked in the pharmacy filling prescriptions and during down time began the process of unpacking the first batch of donated supplies carried from Fort Kent. The third group of volunteers shadowed the clinic physician in the morning and helped deliver dance therapy in the afternoon. The largest group spent the day working in the soup kitchen, delivering health education and assisted with the tedious task of removing lice from young children. The team spent a long hot day in clinic and returned home to a warm dinner provided by their host families. Tomorrow morning the second batch of donated supplies will be transported to the clinic and the teams with switch-up responsibilities so that by the end of the week each person will have had an opportunity to work at each station.