During Duke in Costa Rica, I got to visit many parts of the beautiful rich land that is Costa Rica, and I experienced the language, culture, and values of the country.
An experience that I will never forget was our three-day trip to an indigenous community called Boruca: a simple, yet beautiful place that is home to 2,000 people. We learned about their ways of living through art, how their native language is dying, their ancestors and their connections with nature, and most importantly how they fit in as citizens of Costa Rica.
While there, we learned that indigenous communities all over the country struggle with finding medical clinics, known as “EBAIS”, near them. They are secluded from the rest of society by their geographical location, and also because many do not speak Spanish.
Therefore, learning from the Boruca has shown me that within a single country there can be drastic cultural differences, but that those should not impede the availability, nor lessen the importance, of the human right to health. I want to carry on with this idea onto volunteering experiences and projects in the future.
If you want to study abroad, choose a program because of the course or project, not the location. You will be spending a lot of time with your peers in an unknown country, be passionate about what it is you are doing and the experience will be great.
Class of 2022, International Comparative Studies, Global Health
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