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Emilee AdairEmilee Adair

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Stroud, OK
The University of Tulsa
July 2022
NPH Bolivia
Early Childhood Stimulation Program Coordinator

 
I am from a really small town– Stroud, Oklahoma– and just graduated with my undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology at The University of Tulsa. I sang in choir all four years at TU and taught music throughout my years in Tulsa and music has always been very important to me! My goal is to be a bilingual speech-language pathologist after I go home and get my master’s degree to practice. I am very passionate about equal access to healthcare and education so I love the field of speech-language
pathology for this reason! I have known for a long time that I wanted to travel after graduation to take a gap year so it is a dream that this program fell into place for me. I will miss my friends, family and grumpy cat Donna while I am away but I am excited to take this time to learn and travel.

Like I mentioned earlier, I want to be a bilingual speech-language pathologist so it is very important to me that I take the time to dedicate myself to the language and learn about the cultures of those who speak Spanish. If I want to be a great service provider, I need to first dedicate time specifically learning about the populations I wish to better serve. I think this program is a great opportunity to learn about both working with children as well as working alongside people who are from a different culture than myself!

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Oscar BernatOscar Bernat

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Portland, OR
University of Oregon
July 2022
NPH Bolivia
Assist. Projects Coordinator

 
I was born in NYC, but moved to Portland, Oregon at a young age and grew up there in a tight-knit community where the neighborhood kids and I would spend long afternoons playing games like hide-andseek or kick the can. Through high school, I discovered my love of service through weekly volunteering at a soup kitchen downtown. In college, I left Portland for nearby Eugene, studying a variety of topics and ultimately majoring in Philosophy with minors in Chemistry and Spanish. While there, I studied abroad in Segovia, Spain for a few months, marking my first longterm trip abroad and one of my favorite experiences of my life. In the future, I plan to attend medical school
and feel that my background of service and my time with NPH will provide unique strengths that will make me a better physician. Some of my favorite things to do in my free time are rock climbing, reading books, and meditation.

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Sienna DuganSienna Dugan

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Malibu, CA
Southern Methodist University
July 2021
NPH Honduras
One World Surgery Patient Coordinator

 
Growing up, my family and I were a part of an organization that works to provide international pediatric surgical care, called Mending Kids. Through this experience, we hosted children over a dozen times from all over the world while they were in the US receiving various types of surgical care. Additionally, I have held various positions working in refugee camps, orphanages, and hospitals in Ethiopia, El Salvador, China, Guatemala, India and Rwanda. Through these experiences I fell in love with public health and working with children! I recently graduated from Southern Methodist University and am currently working as an Epidemiologist on the COVID-19 response for the Department of Health and Human Services. I could not be more excited to join the OWS/NPH team!

My past experiences working nationally and internationally to help build sustainable, high-quality health systems and my passion to work towards a world where everyone has the ability to live a safe and healthy life have shaped me into a caring and compassionate advocate for social justice whose vocation aligns with that of both One World Surgery and NPH: to work to provide high quality medical care, especially to the most vulnerable, and to work to ensure that all children have the opportunity to develop to their greatest potential so they can shape a better future for themselves.

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Cormac HuyenCormac Huyen

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Minneapolis, MN
University of Notre Dame
July 2022
NPH Honduras
OneWorld Surgery Patient Coordinator

 
I’m from a family of four with an edgy younger sister who goes to Fordham, a dead head dad who works at the University of Minnesota, and a perfectionist mother whose an attorney. I grew up biking around Minneapolis with my friends playing a variety of sports but only really excelling in soccer. In the late 2000’s, my dad took a severance package from Delta giving my family free standby flights and allowed us to travel all around the United States and Europe opening my innocent midwestern eyes. In high school, school and friends became my priority. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of college when I transferred to Notre Dame from the University of Wisconsin Madison (I got denied from Notre Dame the first go around), that I started to truly value my familial relationships. Over the last few months, I have been reading, journaling, and making my bed every morning. I have realized two things from this: one, I love the routine and get to know myself more through this routine; two, I have so much more to learn.

The time following college is a time uncertainty for most people. There is no longer a simple path to the next step. It’s a time when you to decide what will I do with
my life. Despite this, my choice to go to Honduras has never been easier. I think me going to Honduras is more than me simply wanting to serve; I think it is the
place I am supposed to be. Father Wasson, the founder of NPH, once said, “A child is only good because of somebody.” I feel like NPH gives me the opportunity to be that somebody. I can be that somebody who fosters an environment for children “to reach their unique potential.” However, I have more to learn from the people at NPH, than services I have to provide from them. I want to serve not only because I want to be that somebody for a child but also because I believe the NPH family can all be that somebody for me.

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Stephanie LippincottStephanie Lippincott

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Portland, OR
Gonzaga University
July 2021
NPH Honduras
Nurse

 
I spent the first 20 years of my life in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington) and graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in nursing. It has been a dream of mine for many years to do a long-term volunteer position in Latin America, but I figured that I would be more valuable as a professional volunteer, and, to serve as a nurse, I should learn how to be one first. As a result, after graduating, I moved down to Austin, Texas and ended up with a position in a pediatric cardiac intensive care unit, which is where I have spent the last couple of years. I love my job and am grateful for what I have learned and the relationships I have built with patients, families and co-workers here, but I am so excited for the opportunity to join NPH Honduras and to work with the children and staff on the Ranch.

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Katie NealKatie Neal

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Cedar Rapids, IA
Saint Louis University
July 2022
NPH Honduras
Occupational Therapist

 
My name is Katie Neal, and I am going to be serving as an Occupational Therapist at NPH Honduras from July 2022 to August 2023! I went to school at Saint Louis University but am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa originally! I have always had a passion for service, in particular working with kiddos with disabilities and I also love to travel! At the start of my service term, I will have just finished my clinical experience in Colorado and will be ready to jump into a new adventure! I am beyond excited to get to know everyone in the NPH family!

I am blessed to be a part of a service experience like NPH. I have always wanted and strived to show others love and I feel that I can do so at NPH through listening, learning, and collaboration. I am eager to experience a new culture more thoroughly and challenge myself and my identities while doing so.

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Ana RangelAna Rangel

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Soledad, CA
University of Southern California, M.A. / California State University Sacramento, B.S.
July 2021
NPH Honduras
Creative Therapist

 
I completed my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Southern California. I am a bilingual therapist who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I like to work from a strength-based and person-centered perspective. I have experience working with a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma and grief, racial identity and development, family conflict, self-esteem issues, life transitions, women’s issues, spirituality, relationship issues, substance use, and co-occurring disorders.

On my spare time, I enjoy traveling, spending time with my loved ones, dancing, hiking, binging on Netflix, exploring new places, and trying new restaurants.

I am a first-generation, working-class, Mexican American college graduate. Throughout my life I have realized the importance of representation or the lack of it. It is important for individuals to see themselves reflected in their daily role models, teachers, and community leaders. For that reason, it is important for me to be able to represent the Latinx community. Through the lens of cultural humility, I strive to provide individuals a supportive place where they feel free to express their truth and live authentically. I want to create a space for expansion and personal growth through daily interactions. It is important for everyone to feel heard and be seen, and I hope that I will be able to provide that for my new community at NPH Honduras.

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Grace RiedlGrace Riedl

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Whitefish Bay, WI
University of Wisconsin-Madison
July 2022
NPH Honduras
One World Surgery Patient Coordinator

 
I am graduating with a degree in Neurobiology and Psychology this May, and I am taking a gap year while I apply to medical school! In the past I have worked a variety of jobs including being a tennis and soccer coach, a tutor, a teaching assistant, a babysitter, an inclusion facilitator for children with special needs, a certified nursing assistant and a phlebotomist. Outside of school, in my free time, I love to play soccer or tennis, waterski, surf, run and I have recently gotten more into yoga and barre workouts. I also love to do art projects, draw, dance, read, travel, listen to music and attempt to bake or cook. (The best class I have taken is, in fact, ballroom dancing – it truly is a lot harder than it looks!) My current favorite book is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but I can never seem to pick a favorite song or movie. I have never lived outside of my state or country for a long period of time, and I am immensely looking forward to this coming year of service!

I am serving because this has been a dream of mine since high school, and I know that this time could be one of my only opportunities to pursue a year of service. This
year will be a challenge and I will strive to spread my empathy and continuously learn the ways in which I can better serve and support a community. I hope that I can take the message with me to know that even seemingly small acts can go a long way and create a ripple effect. I hope that I can also learn more about being independent enough to move to a foreign country across the globe for a year and strive to always put others before myself. I hope that I can become more proficient in Spanish and have the ability to take what I learn with me through the medical field to better serve my future patients. I know that this upcoming year will be a huge year for learning and growth as I navigate the world of medicine, work with children and experience different cultures and the ways in which I can better serve others around me.

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Megan RyuMegan Ryu

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San Jose, CA
University of Southern California
July 2021
NPH Honduras
Surgery Center Patient Coordinator

 
Hello! My name is Megan Ryu, and I was born and raised in San Jose, CA. I graduated from USC in December of 2019 with a double major in Health & Human Sciences and Spanish. I am currently working as the housing specialist/case manager (Social Work) at the Salvation Army in downtown San Jose, helping people with housing and rent, which has been impactful and important work, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been my lifelong dream to be a physician, so being a patient coordinator at the surgery center in Honduras will be a great opportunity to explore the world and the medical field as well as sharpen my Spanish skills. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, so I am excited to learn more about other cultures and people through this journey!

I have always been involved with serving my community since I was younger. As I grew older and continued volunteering, I realized that there is nothing quite as rewarding as giving back to the community. Recognizing my own privilege, I have dedicated many hours to serving all kinds of communities. I also love talking with and learning from diverse groups of people, whether it be the other volunteers or the people that I am serving. Additionally, long-term volunteer service abroad is something you want to do when you are young and have the energy and curiosity, so I wanted to do this before committing to the long journey of medical school. I also believe this will be an instrumental time in my life that will bring incredible personal growth!

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Emma StevensEmma Stevens

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Grand Rapids, MI
Hope College
July 2022
NPH Honduras
Chicas Poderosas Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator of Youth Development

 
Hello everyone, my name is Emma and I am so excited to be joining NPH Honduras. I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Hope College in 2020. There, I was able to study Public Health in Kenya, and graduate with a Communications degree. After graduating, I joined Bethany Christian Services where I worked with refugees from Central America, and most recently, Afghanistan. The teenagers I worked for taught me all a lot, including all of the Spanish I know! This really fueled my desire to move to a Spanish-speaking country and confirmed my passion for working with youth.

I want to serve because I have felt the impact I have had on youth when they feel encouraged, loved, listened to, and supported. Learning about new cultures is one of my passions and I have grown a lot by surrounding myself with people from different backgrounds. By showing genuine interest in peoples’ beliefs, languages, food, history, etc. it builds this trust that allows for open communication and growth for both parties. I hope to be somebody that the kids on the ranch can talk to and confide in without judgement. I know I will learn a lot from them, and I am ready to challenge myself by fully immersing myself in a new country.

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Mary ThompsonMary Thompson

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Eagle, ID
University of Alabama
July 2022
NPH Honduras
OneWorld Surgery Program and Operation Assistant

 
I was raised in the foothills of the Treasure Valley in Idaho where I grew up with my two sisters. We had horses, dogs, cats, goats, Guinea pigs, etc., but we grew up in a very science minded family. I decided to major in chemistry at the University of Alabama with a minor in Spanish, but then after calculus III, I decided to add a math minor. During my sophomore year of university, I decided that I wanted to be a doctor like my parents. My hobbies include horseback riding, taekwondo, stand up paddle board, ceramics, and drawing. I also love to hike, run, and do puzzles!

I was looking for a way to see another side of the world that I had not previously seen, but I also felt like just taking a year to travel and explore would make me feel like I had wasted the time and not used my resources to be a productive member of society. From there, I figured that volunteering abroad may be my best option because I would be seeing another country and experiencing another culture, but also using my time to be helpful and impactful. After some research, an acquaintance mentioned NPH, and I instantly fell in love with the idea of it. The sheer size of the company makes me feel confident in stepping outside of my comfort zone because I know there are so many people backing me up, and there have been so many people before me in the same exact position. Furthermore, the split between having a larger impact in your everyday job (like my surgery center operations assistant) and the smaller, more intimate impact of having an hogar, not only provides a balance in one’s everyday life but seems to double the affecting nature of the position.

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