Develop 21st Century Leaders for Global Health

by GlobeMed
Aug 27, 2013

Growing Together

GlobeMed at UCLA
GlobeMed at UCLA's GROW team in Anaka, Uganda

As the summer winds down, the last of GlobeMed's Grassroots On-site Work (GROW) teams are returning from the field and preparing for an exciting academic year ahead.

The power of GROW lies in its ability to help chapters and partner organizations grow togetherYear after year, students work alongside their partner organization staff, gaining a first-hand look at community health issues and how their partner is addressing them.

While on-site, students and partners engage in mutual learning – a key pillar to effective collaboration. Together, they work to strengthen the capacity of the organization. Together, they reinforce their commitments to health and social justice. The stories and knowledge that 180 students gained this summer will inform their perspective as leaders, advocates, and life-long catalysts for change.

With your help, we sent more GROW interns into the field than ever before, with a greater capacity to ensure that 96 individuals had the necessary financial support to grow together with their partners.

Read some of their personal reflections on the transformative GROW experience below:

"I learned that it's messy, it's urgent, it's not perfect, and it's what I want to do for the rest of my life. There is so much value in partnership in global health. The GROW internship showed me how feasible improving global health can be." 
 Emily Anderson, Bethel University

"Rather than impose our ideas of what we think is best and what we think should be done, our mission in global health should be to help empower community members themselves to create the sustainable changes they want to see in their communities."
– Beatrice Secheli, Emory University

"Working with a grassroots organization on-site opens up a whole new horizon to global health. Talking about global health in a university classroom is very, very different than actually living it. Those big topics like community health and sustainability are very different when they take shape in the faces of exhausted co-workers, smiling people, and bustling papers. In this way, the internship is a visceral perspective of global health. You will never feel hungrier for change."
– Katrine Lettang, Oberlin College 

"[GROW] showed me that while there are differences between people, the similarities are what connect us and allow us to overcome the problems that the globe faces. There is no first world and third world, there is only one world. It is only by coming to this realization that we, as a force of good, can make real change in the world."
– Ryan West, University of South Carolina

Michael Dienstbach of Loyola in Otavalo, Ecuador
Michael Dienstbach of Loyola in Otavalo, Ecuador

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Location: Evanston, IL - USA
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Project Leader:
Alyssa Smaldino
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Evanston, Illinois United States
$123,788 raised of $150,000 goal
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