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1. Fill out the “CHI Extended Volunteer Research Interns and Project Maners Application” as well as send the “CHI Extended Term Volunteer Reference Check” form to two references.
Return both forms to Josh White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. CHI will process your application and determine if the projects that we currently need help with are a match with your skills and interests.
3. If you and CHI are a match, Josh will follow-up with you about scheduling an interview.Click here to download the ETV Application Click here to download the ETV Reference Form Click here to download the ETV Overview
Extended Term Volunteer, Allie Adam came on her first trip in 2013 as part of a medical team with one of her soccer team mates. The two division I soccer players soon found that they had their hands (really their feet) full when they got into a pick up game in Do Digue.
The field was sloped pretty severely to the west, the goal posts were just some sticks jammed into the ground a few feet apart, and nobody on the other team had any shoes, but they gave them a run for their money. Allie was inspired and convinced a bunch of her teammates to return in Jan 2014 to host a soccer tournament. She then set about raising money and collecting supplies.
She spent the last half of 2013 in Arcahaie. She built a new soccer field, complete with bleachers, in Do Digue and rehabilitated one that was already set up in Arcahaie. In the first full week of 2014 they hosted “Hawks4Haiti”, a massive 20 team tournament played at night under the lights with thousands of spectators and a live DJ. It was amazing!
She also helped the people of Do Digue pave their community meeting area so that they could use chairs and we could use it for a triage area. It used to be the first question you’d hear after arriving in Do Digue was “How is your family?” Now it is “Where’s Allie?”
Extended Term Volunteer, Dr. Brennan Bollman has been coming to Haiti since before it was cool to come to Haiti. We first met her after the earthquake through the University of Notre Dame, but have been fortunate enough to keep in touch with her. She just spent several months in Haiti following up on all of the 2015 surgical patients as well as a bunch of the medical patients from that trip. She also spent many days hiking up the mountains to Fondol where she has helped us get to know that community through a small community based participatory needs assessment.
She has been an incredible voice and advocate for some of the people there who really need someone on their team. She reminded us all of what ‘solidarity’ really means. She also has done a fantastic job of pulling together resources and making connections so that people can get the care that they need. She starts her residency in Emergency Medicine at Charity Hospital in New Orleans in July 2015.
Extended Term Volunteer, Dana Vander Heide has been to Haiti several times. First she came on a medical team, and then went back for a summer. She spent her time with Augie tromping around the hills and mountains, weighing and measuring all of the children under the age of 5.
Dana was trying to figure out how prevalent malnutrition was and where kids that were malnourished lived. We were thinking that they tended to live further in to the mountains and that kids that lived closer to town were less likely to be malnourished. "Not true", says Dana, her scale, and her trusty GPS. Jess waters and Dr. Maggie Carel helped her to make this maps and it turns out that malnutrition is randomly distributed. Dana went back this past summer to follow up on these kids.
Extended Term Volunteer, Helen Noble holds the record for the longest long-term volunteer. She has done it all from inventorying supplies, organizing treatment duffels, shopping for small appliances, constructing Gadyen Dlo buckets, making and testing chlorine, interacting with other organizations, making peanut butter, monitoring the Community Health Workers, and the list goes on.
If you can think of a job in Haiti odds are that Helen has not only done it, but has made it easier for the next person to do.
Extended Term Volunteer, Joanna Krajewski has been to Haiti several times now. She has a strong interest in water treatment and teaching people about the importance of clean water. She was down there for the first iteration of our Gadyen Dlo program and she, Kaitlin, and Liz rebuilt it.
Joanna collected our very first data on the effectiveness of the program and developed the survey instrument that people have followed ever since. She is getting her PhD in Water Communication at the University of Iowa and continues to work with the Gadyen Dlo program in and around Do Digue.
Extended Term Volunteer, Dr. Kaitlin Flannery has been to Haiti several times in a few different capacities. She initially travelled down there soon after Joanna had finished her preliminary surveys of the Gadyen Dlo program. She refined and carried on the assessment.
Kaitlin and Joanna found about a 67% reduction in childhood diarrhea in houses that used the Gadyen Dlo system (even though most of them weren’t using it right). She then returned more recently as part of the anesthesiology team on our January 2015 trip. Kaitlin has started a residency in Anesthesia at Stanford University.
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