Posted on: 04/11/2019

Author: Jamie Beckerman

Today was our last day seeing patients in Guatemala. We all met at 5:30am like we’ve been doing for the past four days where we went over announcements and our chaplain, Gustavo, led a reflection. 

In El Pinal, we continued to see patients in general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, and dental. There were many patients that we were able to refer to surgeries such as hernia repairs and craniofacial anomalies in a few kids (cleft lip/palate, skull deformities). Dental pulled a record of 532 teeth in one day!

After we packed up our clinic rooms and cleaned up the school we took a group photo with all of the local Guatemalan volunteers and then got to play soccer with some of the little boys in the town. When we got back to Chicamán we were able to walk around and visit the local market where people bought textiles and traditional Guatemalan skirts and tops. 

We ended the night with a large celebratory dinner with our Providence volunteers, Faith In Practice, and Medical Team International colleagues. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes, from organizing travel logistics to driving our buses to cooking our lunches at the clinic, that we were glad to be able to express our appreciation for everyone’s contributions. 

Tomorrow we will take our eight hour bus ride back to Antigua where we will finish our trip with a celebratory dinner with our team.