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Gloves-On Volunteering In Peru

on Oct 6, 2011 9:37:00 AM By | Randy LeGrant | 2 Comments | Peru Medical/Health Projects Volunteer Blogs Volunteering Abroad
Our program, Health and Wellness in Peru, is really about as good as it gets if you're wanting to volunteer on a medical project.  All of GeoVisions' medical volunteer projects are hands on, making them perfect for nursing and medical students. This program is a great hands-on opportunity to work toward improving health care in Lima or Cusco, Peru. Our volunteers work directly with local Peruvians who have little access to health care. GeoVisions provides ample opportunity to work with locals of various age groups to bring adequate health care, intervention and prevention to the people these clinics serve. Alex Cabble is a GeoVisions volunteer on-site right now.  She is documenting her trip on Tumblr with her Blog, Across The Equator.  Here is an excerpt from a recent post:  "Last week I was in Topico and I was able to clean a wound on a woman’s toe by myself! I also talked to a man who was getting stitches on his arm after a dog bit him about New York for a while! Topico was interesting and I definitely had more of a hands on experience there. It was nice to talk to some of the patients and I liked seeing all of the babies and helping to break their fevers. The kids here are sooo adorable!" Alex writes about other hands-on cases she has had recently, like "my first patient was an older woman who didn’t have a toenail on her big toe."  And, "a 7 year old boy who fell and had a gash right above his left eyebrow. The gash, at its widest, was probably about the size of a dime and went pretty deep.  He ended up getting stitches inside the gash and then stitches on the outside to hold it together."  Alex' day ended here, "another patient was a 10 month old baby that had a fever. I took her temperature and it was 38.9 degrees C when the normal temp is 37 degrees C. We put some wet towels on her to bring down the temperature and by the time that I left, it was normal again!" Be sure to read her Blog for more details and she has included a lot of photos as well. Oh…and as I prepared this Blog to go live, we received this email from Alex' friend Kelsy who is also on the same program:
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Conversation Corps Russia--A Tale Of Two Cities

on Sep 9, 2011 10:31:00 AM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Conversation Corps Volunteer Blogs Conversation Corps Russia
On August 30, Katie embarked on a year long journey through all 15 countries of the former Soviet Union.  She got the idea by attending a Meet, Plan, Go event last fall.
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An Inside Look At Conversation Corps Turkey

Guest blogger Dale Fox graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in 2009, at the age of 54. Her major was history and political science, with a focus on Middle Eastern ancient history. She is the co-founder of the Ridgway Heritage Council in Ridgway, Pennsylvania and was active in community and economic development in western Pennsylvania for many years. In addition to developing the Towers Victorian Inn, a historic landmark of Pennsylvania. Dale also served as a Director for the Pennsylvania Downtown Center for six years. In 2009 she received a special award for Inspiration in Tourism from Governor Edward Rendell.  
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Conversation Corps-Spain. A New Blog From A Tutor

on Nov 29, 2010 8:01:00 AM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Conversation Corps-Spain Conversation Corps Volunteer Blogs
If you are headed to Spain as a member of the Conversation Corps, you are going to want to spend time on Stanley Langford Lloyd's Blog.  He did a fantastic job chronicling his journey before heading to Spain and while he was there as a tutor on the program Conversation Corps-Spain. Stanley is a recent graduate of the University of Utah with degrees in Political Science and Speech Communications. The post Moving In & The First Two Weeks is a fantastic look into moving in with a family and getting set up to tutor the family in Conversational English.  The photos in that post are fantastic, since Stanley the entire house, the area of Madrid where I was living, and setting up the classes.  If you are going on any of the Conversation Corps projects, this Blog Post is a must for you. There are many more posts in the Blog about just how much of Spain Stanley was able to see and all he experienced.  His last post, The Host Family, is really great.  He talks about the family and includes a ton of photos. From time to time, GeoVisions posts Blogs from former tutors and so we want to thank Stanley for allowing us to post his Blog.  The entire Blog is fascinating and the two posts we mention here are certainly for anyone headed to Spain as a member of the Conversation Corps but even if you're headed elsewhere, we think these two posts in particular will be very helpful in setting the tone of why you are going and really...the best way to go about the program. If you have comments, we have a section below for you.  If you're interested in becoming a member of the Corps, we have links for you above and we are happy to talk to you about the many opportunities as a Conversation Corps tutor.  You can contact us and someone will contact you within 24 hours. Would you like to become a member of the Corps?
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A New Blog Full Of Photos From Conversation Corps-Jordan

on Oct 2, 2010 9:01:00 PM By | Randy LeGrant | 0 Comments | Conversation Corps-Jordan Conversation Corps Volunteer Blogs
Have you ever wondered what it's like to live with a family in Jordan, and tutor them in English?  Thought, "What would it be like to join The Conversation Corps and depart for Jordan, live with a family and tutor them in conversational English? We recommend reading Jason's Blog that he published while he was in Jordan as a member of the Conversation Corps.  His Blog, Life in Amman, introduces you to the Corps and to living in Amman with a host family tutoring them in conversational English.  The Blog is full of program details, photographs and video. The very first Blog entry, "First Couple of Days in Amman" gets you involved in where Jason lives (just outside Amman) and where the sunsets are stunning and "sunrises gorgeous." In the post, "Past Few Days," Jason has gone out to buy black pants so he can attend an Arabic wedding.  He has met a new friend just 5 minutes away, and he gets to practice his Arabic with him. One of the reasons GeoVisions set up the Conversation Corps is the free time tutors have on this program.  Jason writes about his trip from Jordan to Jerusalem and his take on Arabic life outside of Jordan.  The Blog post, "The Game, Madaba, and Jerusalem" also contains a lot of photos.  Jason was able to get involved in the World Cup and watched the Spain vs. Germany match on the roof of a restaurant in Amman. The Conversation Corps exists now in 16 countries, including Conversation Corps-Jordan.  Even if you don't plan to go to Jordan, Jason's Blog will give you some great motivation to make the most of your program and will encourage you to make friends outside your host family and to travel as far as you can.  And if you plan to join the Corps in Jordan...Jason's Blog is a great model of everything The Conversation Corps can be.
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