Life at Summer Camp

Trip Start Jan 21, 2013
Trip End May 07, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Monday, January 28, 2013

 It has been strange adjusting to such an informal class schedule.  Instead of regimented class periods and a week that repeats itself, one day is never the same as the next.  I really enjoy Tropical Medicine and Public Health in Costa Rica.  We have learned a lot about their universal health care system and today we visited a primary clinic called EBAIS.  It was very interesting to see how this team of a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, dentist, and ATAP work together to provide personalized and efficient care.  

Right now it seems like this is basically summer camp for college students.  Living in our own house has allowed for our group of 17 to become really close in just a week.  I'm relieved that my roommates and I get along so well!  The only downside is we spend more time sharing stories and laughing than doing any actual work.  We've also decided that snacking takes priority over all other chores and that climbing up and down the shaky bunk beds counts as a work out.  

Like Pavlov's dogs we know when we hear bells it's time to report to the cafeteria.  Dinner tonight was nice because some of us sat with a very nice OTS employee who barely spoke any English.  We worked on our Spanish as we conversed with him about his travels to Panama and Nicaragua.     
I enjoy going on runs because I get to see a lot at such high elevation.  There are so many great views!  Today we ran into an armadillo! 

Tomorrow we will go to La Casona to do an observational study and meet with the county health director.  
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I like the armidillo.Keep a lot of pictures.

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