Thank you so much for taking time to look at our blog! We are a group of edical students who are passionate about training and in underserved areas. This January and February, we are in Peru, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica internationally as well as locally in Flint and Lansing completing volunteer service, rotating in hospitals and clinics, and learning about international medicine and local underserved health care. We appreciate any time you take to read our reflections and any donations you might offer.

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Sunday, January 12

Peru Travel Days - January 12, 2012

Peru Team - https://www.dropbox.com/s/7c0nnv2ftbxqxad/Jan%2012.pdf
MSU College of Human Medicine (CHM) & School of Public Health (SPH)
Chris, Danielle, John C, Phil, Laurie and Beth, David, Emily

This is only a snippet of the full blog entry! 
Please see the full entry with more pictures at https://www.dropbox.com/s/7c0nnv2ftbxqxad/Jan%2012.pdf

Chris writing here, and I think I can speak for the rest when I say, “we are excited!!!!” We completed a week of orientation in Flint with Dr. Schnuth and successfully collected, packed, and organized our donations. We are so grateful to those who have supported us in this journey, and we were so glad to finally make it to Peru for our Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved’s International Health Elective!

Want to know more about our journey thus far? Click here!

Please see the full entry with many more pictures at https://www.dropbox.com/s/7c0nnv2ftbxqxad/Jan%2012.pdf


  1. Trekking in Nepal is still the most favorite adventure holiday activity in the country. The two classic trekking routes either to Everest base camp or the Annapurna circuit are not easy and the challenge you'll face on either route will have a lasting effect. The Manaslu route trek around the world's eighth largest mountain is more remote but no less beautiful passing through stunning bamboo forests, villages filled with prayer flags and culminating with spectacular views from Larkya La. Mustang is an easier cultural trek, suitable for those with good general fitness but not necessarily any previous trekking experience. The language, culture and tradition of the Mustang region are still mostly Tibetan making this one of the most culturally interesting treks. There are shorter treks up the Langtang Valley and Helambu which are still hard work but also deeply rewarding. They generally begin in Kathmandu, leading through large grazing areas covered in flowers, dotted with stone huts used for butter making, Sherpa, Tamang villages and the homes of yak herders, right up to the Tibetan border.

  2. Salkantay trek is the alternative to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.