Lia (July-Aug 2017)

When I arrived in Roatán an employee of Clinica Esperanza picked me up from the airport . He drove a bright orange van, the back of which bounced frequently, hitting the pavement as we dodged potholes. I took in my new home for the month on the way to my apartment, as we made our way down the singular road that runs the length of the island. On Roatán the resorts neighbor the poverty. The contrast between the two was visible just in the drive from the airport, as we passed huge hotels that sat just adjacent to smaller convenience stores and houses in need of repair. This contrast was perhaps most exemplified in the pediatric inpatient room of the hospital, where necessary equipment and medications are often in short supply and mothers sit by their children’s beds in donated cruise ship chairs. The juxtaposition between vacation and the crude reality of poverty exist so close to one another on the island, yet the two rarely intersect.             My days at the hospital began with r

Casey (February-March 2017)

I decided to volunteer in Roatan, Honduras with Global Healing to gain more knowledge about medicine, experience all the fu n activities Roatan has to offer, practice my Spanish, and meet new people. I more than accomplished all of these goals af ter my month spent on the island. My time in Roatan completely exceeded all expectations (including my expectation to find great diving in Roatan which was just as good as the books said!). The Pediatric Clinic run by Global Healing is located in the Public Hospital in Roatan’s “largest” city Coxen Hole. By “large”, I mean the city with the most local island residents. Other “large” cities include West End and West Bay, simply due to the fact they are flooded with tourists and expats. Roatan has a large economic gap between the tourists and the local Honduran people. Most people come off the cruise boats and head straight to West End and West Bay for beaches and diving. However, they miss the other, poverty stricken side of the island. Co