For the past decade, Engineering World Health (EWH) has paired its engineers with local hospitals and clinics to empower the biomedical engineering community and find ways to improve healthcare in the developing world.
I have always believed in using engineering to serve others in high impact environments, so I was drawn immediately to EWH’s mission. Moreover, I wanted to gain a more technical, hands-on background working with actual medical devices to accompany many of the theoretical concepts I had learned through BME coursework. My experience working with the EWH Summer Institute in Nicaragua turned out to be an immersive one. Living with with host families, working as a hospital technician, and traveling throughout Nicaragua gave me a distinct flavor and culture of the country.