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Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
Shoulder to Shoulder Volunteer Orientation
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  • 2. Travel and Customs <ul><li>Be sure to complete all paperwork for Shoulder to Shoulder in advance </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure that passport does not expire within 90 days of return </li></ul><ul><li>Allow enough time for processing a new or updated passport (the post offices can direct you to the nearest office). </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a copy of your passport in each piece of luggage and carryon, and carry it with you at all times. </li></ul><ul><li>Leave a copy of your passport and itinerary with your family. </li></ul>
  • 3. Travel and Customs <ul><li>All brigades are registered with the State Department by Shoulder to Shoulder before departure. </li></ul><ul><li>For MDs and RNs, carry a copy of your licensing credentials </li></ul><ul><li>Keep important documents with you at all times </li></ul><ul><li>All travelers should have evacuation insurance, which is provided with your brigade fee to Shoulder to Shoulder. </li></ul>
  • 4. What to know before you go <ul><li>The most common medical problem encountered is traveler’s diarrhea </li></ul><ul><li>You can avoid this by eating only what the Hombro a Hombro cooks prepare. The food is prepared by cooks who are used to cooking for North American brigades. </li></ul><ul><li>In restaurants, eat only foods that are cooked-avoid fresh fruits and vegetables and drink drinks from a bottle, without ice. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid eating food from street vendors. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring a prescription of ciprofloxacin with you, to take in case of GI symptoms! Imodium may be helpful as well, but should only be taken along with ciprofloxacin. </li></ul><ul><li>Hepatitis A immunization is recommended. </li></ul><ul><li>Typhoid vaccination is generally not necessary-unless you are an “adventurous eater”. </li></ul>
  • 5. What to know before you go <ul><li>In Intibuca (Santa Lucia, Concepcion, Pinares), there is very little malaria. Chloroquine prophylaxis is not necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>There is more malaria along the coast, and in the Bay Islands (Roatan). If travel to these areas is planned, then you should plan to take chloroquine prophylaxis. </li></ul><ul><li>In Intibuca, Dengue Fever does occur, so insect precautions are advisable. </li></ul><ul><li>Bring insect repellent with 5-10% DEET. </li></ul><ul><li>Mosquito tents are available in the clinic for use if you wish. </li></ul>
  • 6. What To Bring <ul><li>Flashlight or Headlight </li></ul><ul><li>Insect Repellent (DEET) </li></ul><ul><li>Good Book </li></ul><ul><li>Pocket translation guide </li></ul><ul><li>Good walking Shoes </li></ul><ul><li>Flip flops </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight sweater or jacket </li></ul><ul><li>Hat </li></ul><ul><li>Sunglasses </li></ul><ul><li>Raingear (May-December) </li></ul><ul><li>Water Bottle </li></ul><ul><li>Bathing Suit </li></ul><ul><li>Sunscreen </li></ul><ul><li>Camera </li></ul><ul><li>Ear plugs </li></ul><ul><li>Toilet paper </li></ul><ul><li>3-5 days of clothes (laundry service is available) </li></ul><ul><li>Toiletries </li></ul><ul><li>Personal medications in marked original bottles </li></ul>
  • 7. Recommended Reading <ul><li>The End of Poverty (Jeffrey Sachs) </li></ul><ul><li>Mountains beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder about Paul Farmer) </li></ul><ul><li>Enrique’s journey (Sonia Nazario) </li></ul><ul><li>I, Rigoberta Menchu </li></ul><ul><li>Not All of Us Are Saints (David Hilfiker, MD) </li></ul><ul><li>Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortenson) </li></ul>
  • 8. Packing and Supplies <ul><li>You may choose to purchase plastic bins for packing that may be left in the country. </li></ul><ul><li>Recommended procedure: </li></ul><ul><li>Use the 24 gallon Rubbermaid bins </li></ul><ul><li>Drill a hole in each corner </li></ul><ul><li>Use plastic cable ties to secure the bin at the four corners, tape four more cable ties to a piece of paper inside the bin with a note for TSA to use to reclose as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Be sure to keep the weight below 50 lbs! </li></ul><ul><li>Place a copy of the customs letter in each bin. This letter is on the website. </li></ul>
  • 9. Luggage <ul><li>When taking luggage through customs , be prepared to open everything. Leave the airline issue tags on your baggage, as customs will check them against your claim stubs. </li></ul><ul><li>If your luggage doesn’t arrive, notify your brigade leader immediately. </li></ul><ul><li>After customs, collect your luggage and meet with team. </li></ul><ul><li>Travel may be long, so keep your carryon with you. </li></ul>
  • 10. Packing and Supplies <ul><li>The Hombro a Hombro Clinic continues to rely on donations brought down by brigades. </li></ul><ul><li>Your donations are of huge benefit to the clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Clinic and project supply needs are listed on the website. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have supplies not listed on the needs list, check with Mo before bringing. </li></ul><ul><li>Of note, medications should not be within 6 months of their expiration. </li></ul><ul><li>Attempt to pack all or almost everything you will need in your carryon, leaving checked baggage primarily for medications and supplies. </li></ul>
  • 11. The Santa Lucia Compound <ul><li>Clinic building with offices and dental clinic </li></ul><ul><li>Library under construction </li></ul><ul><li>Large building behind Clinic with brigade quarters below and apartments above for long term volunteers and employees. </li></ul><ul><li>There are four dormitories with 8 beds each in the building behind the clinic. </li></ul><ul><li>There are two large bathrooms with showers. </li></ul>
  • 12. Water <ul><li>The clinic uses a large sand filter to purify the water. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a large water cooler in the “comedor” that has safe drinking water. </li></ul><ul><li>The water that comes out of taps in the clinic and dormitory is not safe. </li></ul><ul><li>Any drinks (juices, etc) that the cooks put out are safe. </li></ul><ul><li>When out of the clinic, only drink what comes out of a bottle (Coke, bottled water, or from your own canteen) </li></ul>
  • 13. Water conservation <ul><li>During the entire year, there are water shortage problems. </li></ul><ul><li>This is worse during the dry season-January through May. </li></ul><ul><li>Most people in town only receive water for a few hours every 3 days. They fill up all the containers in the house and use this water until it comes again. </li></ul>
  • 14. Water Conservation <ul><li>The clinic has a tank system. </li></ul><ul><li>Army showers are VERY important (turn on water to get wet, turn it off, lather up, turn it on again to rinse off). </li></ul><ul><li>Only one shower per day! </li></ul><ul><li>Toilets also use lots of water. Use the rule: “If it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.” </li></ul>
  • 15. Safety Issues <ul><li>In general, Honduras is politically stable. </li></ul><ul><li>Around Santa Lucia and in the rural areas, there is very little crime. In San Pedro Sula, El Progreso and Tegucigalpa, there is more crime. </li></ul><ul><li>In the rural areas, always use the “buddy system” and travel in pairs. Do not walk outside the clinic compound after dark. </li></ul><ul><li>In the cities, travel in groups, and let your brigade leader know where you are going. </li></ul>
  • 16. Internet <ul><li>The internet in Santa Lucia is vital to the functioning of the staff and Hombro a Hombro operations. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a bandwidth limit, and therefore use is not “unlimited” like it is here in the US. </li></ul><ul><li>So, it is extremely important to follow the policy, or else the internet is shut down completely for 2-3 days. </li></ul><ul><li>You may bring a laptop as there is wireless access. If you do, please turn off all automatic updates. </li></ul><ul><li>Otherwise, they will let you know which computer can be used. </li></ul>
  • 17. Internet <ul><li>In general, check just your email quickly. You may wish to set up a gmail or yahoo type account before arriving, as sometimes the university based accounts are more difficult to access. </li></ul><ul><li>Please DON’T use sites like myspace, facebook. </li></ul><ul><li>No streaming video, Utube, music, instant messaging etc. </li></ul><ul><li>No downloading or uploading pictures-wait until you get home! </li></ul><ul><li>Instruct family that the electricity often goes out, and they may not hear from you for 1-2 days (sometimes longer!), but you are still OK! </li></ul>
  • 18. Phone <ul><li>Employees may have cell phones that you can borrow once for a brief time to call home. </li></ul><ul><li>Ask the person what kind of phone they have (TIGO or Claro) and then go buy a “tarjeta” (card) for 50 or 100 lempira at the nearest “pulperia” (store). </li></ul><ul><li>You may give your family members the STS number for emergencies (Mo Jennings) and STS will contact you in Honduras in the event of an emergency. </li></ul>
  • 19. Money <ul><li>The currency in Honduras is the Lempira. The exchange rate is roughly 18 lempira in $1. </li></ul><ul><li>All of your costs are taken care of in your brigade fee, including food, lodging and transportation. </li></ul><ul><li>At the end of the trip, they will take you to a large souvenir shop that takes credit cards. </li></ul><ul><li>During your stay, you may want to carry a small amount of cash for a drink or snack or trip to the market. You will likely need less than $50 during your stay. You can exchange money with Nelson. </li></ul>
  • 20. Dress Code <ul><li>As you have limited time to establish credibility with those you are here to serve, respecting cultural expectations of professional dress will simply make you more effective as a volunteer. </li></ul><ul><li>It is certainly a cultural oddity in rural Honduras to have more than a female's ears pierced. </li></ul>
  • 21. Dress Code <ul><li>In the clinic, avoid flip flips or open toe shoes for safety reasons. </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid camouflage. This area of Honduras has a history of guerrilla fighting. </li></ul><ul><li>In the clinic, avoid informal t-shirts, or tank tops. </li></ul><ul><li>No shorts in the clinic. Scrubs are cool and acceptable. </li></ul><ul><li>In general, most Hondurans in rural areas do not wear shorts (men or women). On your free time, you may wear shorts if they are of conservative length. </li></ul>
  • 22. Honduran Staff <ul><li>Director of Brigades: Marvin Cacho (bilingual) </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Operations in Santa Lucia: Nelson Requeno </li></ul>
  • 23. Honduran Staff <ul><li>Leslie Napora (Director of Volunteers and Government Contract) </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Tyburski, MD (Pharmacy and Supplies, Children’s Health Initiative) </li></ul>
  • 24. Honduran Staff <ul><li>Watchmen </li></ul><ul><li>Don Beto </li></ul><ul><li>Watchmen (Vigilantes) </li></ul><ul><li>Don Reynaldo (“Nato”) </li></ul>
  • 25. Honduran Physicians <ul><li>Currently, there are four Honduran Physicians: </li></ul><ul><li>Ruben Martinez (bilingual) </li></ul>

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