Caring abroad

Sycamores traveled to Ecuador to work in a health clinic, where they checked vitals, administered tests and filled numerous prescriptions for about 100 patients a day.

Sophomore Shan Antony plays with a child while working at a clinic in Ecuador in January.

Sophomore Shan Antony plays with a child while working at a clinic in Ecuador in January.

Nine Sycamores and a faculty advisor participated in the annual Timmy Global Health trip to provide healthcare to an underserved country.

Timmy Global, a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness for global health, partners with universities and high schools across the country to provide services to those in dire need around the world.

“A global outlook is something that is lacking in a lot of first-world countries. People are content with the place they live and don’t feel the need to know about the rest of the world,” said Shan Antony, a healthcare administration major. “If nothing else, Timmy has opened my eyes to the world outside of the U.S., which certainty affects how I view my future, professionally.”

Eric Glendening, professor and chair of the chemistry department, led the nine-day trip to Quito, Ecuador. The students worked in a medical clinic for five days with the patients, checking their vitals, administering different tests and filling numerous prescriptions. There was also a fluoride station for the children in the community where they practiced cleaning their teeth.

Partnered with students from Davidson College from North Carolina, the volunteers treated nearly 100 patients a day. While working with doctors and other healthcare professionals, the students were exposed to treatments for leprosy and polio — both eradicated in the United States.

“I think my favorite part of this experience was being able to see how grateful the people were as they were getting healthcare. At some points, people had to wait for hours to see a doctor. It spoke volumes of their inability to get quality healthcare that they were able to wait that long to see a doctor,” said Emma Eckrote, a psychology major.

With dreams to be a pediatric doctor, Eckrote described her second trip with Timmy as a great experience to work with medical professionals and the people of the Quito community.

In the remaining time there, students enjoyed three days of cultural experiences and had a day for travel. The trip was partially funded by the university with the remaining expenses raised by the individual’s fundraising.

“My time with Timmy, especially my trip to Ecuador, has encouraged me to also pursue a life of volunteering in countries that may be lacking proper medical care,” Antony said. “There were several doctors who went to Equator with us, and it was inspiring to see them use their talents and skills to help people in need.”


Indiana State volunteers pose for a group photo with students from Davidson College in North Carolina.

Timmy Global Health is working across campuses nationwide to inspire young doctors and professionals to expand their scope of influence in this global world. Through trips to nations in need, Timmy is developing well-rounded leaders for tomorrow and Indiana State is honored to support their noble cause.

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