Welcome to #MeetTheInternsMonday. We are happy to announce that Sarvodaya USA has taken on five interns for the summer. For the next few weeks, we will be posting blogs to introduce our student interns and what they’ll be working on this summer.
Our intern featured this week is Steph, a senior studying Neurobiology with a certificate in Global Health:
In the early morning of April 25th, I awoke to the buzzing of my phone. My heart dropped a little as I was pulled from my daze, wondering why my mom was calling me so early. After she informed me of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal just hours earlier, there was only one emotion that followed: complete and utter denial. While my mind raced with concern for the people there, I couldn’t push the thought of whether our field course to Nepal in just a few weeks would be cancelled.
In the fall of 2014, fourteen other students and myself were accepted into the Community Health and Disparity program taking place in Nepal this summer. This three week course provided us the final credits we needed to complete the Global Health Certificate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During our time in Nepal, we were scheduled to meet with a variety of NGO’s, work with a rural village to provide labor in a community project and travel to multiple areas of the country. By the end of our experience, we would have gained insight into the state of public health in Nepal while learning about, and more importantly from, the Nepali culture.
For weeks after the earthquake, I anxiously waited as the University evaluated the feasibility of still going on the trip. As hard as I tried to not get my hopes up, I couldn’t help but convince myself there was something productive we could do to aid in the relief effort. I think you know where this story is going...I was crushed. I will never forget the overwhelming disappointment I felt as I read the email from our course coordinator, Sweta, regretfully informing us that there were too many safety concerns to justify going.
For weeks after that day, I struggled to find a way to earn the academic credit I was going to receive in Nepal toward my Certificate. I spent hours researching other programs abroad as well as more local options. No matter how amazing the experience, I simply could not get excited about any of my other options. After weeks of stressing as application deadlines approached, I had finally accepted the fact that I was too emotionally invested in Nepal to really consider any other options on such short notice. And that is what brought me here. I was more than relieved when I received another email from Sweta offering us the option to intern with Sarvodaya USA for the summer.
Over the course of the next 2 months, myself and a few other student interns will be collecting stories and up to date information from Nepal and posting them here. We will also be coordinating a few fundraisers to aid in the continued relief efforts in Nepal, so please follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to stay connected with us this summer. You can also subscribe to our email list here http://www.sarvodayausa.org/connect.html to recieve occasional emails summarizing what we’ve been up to.