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I was only going to stay 8 months…

When I set my initial contract with Centro Colombo Americano I was only going to stay until December 2013. My boss suggested that I might want to spend Christmas in Colombia as it´s a very nice time of the year. I scoffed at her idea, thinking of how much I would want to be home in Colorado for Christmas with my family. Come May 2014 and I´m still here at Colombo. I miss everyone dearly from the United States, but have also fallen deeply in love with Latin American culture. I was going to come home once and for all in June, but my arrival has once again been postponed…

In August I´ll be starting a Master´s in Public Health program in Epidemiology at CU-Denver. In order to gain some experience with global public health I decided to create some sort of summer internship for myself while I´m still down in South America. I found out about an NGO connected with CU-Denver called CU Peru that works in the Amazons of Peru. Each summer they train health promoters in the river villages in order to improve overall health in a region that has a very poor level of access to healthcare. I contacted CU Peru and they agreed to have me work with them this summer. I will be spending five weeks living in the jungle helping to conduct trainings and collect data from the villages about the effectiveness of the CU Peru program. And then in July, without question, I will finally return to my beloved Colorado. Living abroad for 7 months beyond what I had planned for and then deciding to spend the last 5 weeks in the Amazon has proved to be a demanding logistical puzzle and I am eternally grateful to my parents for their help with everything. I will see everyone in Colorado on July 24!

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