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Saturday, February 25th 2017: Day One!

Today has been a whirlwind of a day!

We started our trip by meeting up at 1:15 this morning to pack up the donations we had for the clinic, and by 2:15 we were on the road to the Detroit airport. The actual travel went as smoothly as it could have, and I honestly feel that this part of trips is always so much fun — bonding during layovers and getting to know the people going on the trip.

This year we had a slight delay on our second flight going to Guatemala due to a volcano that had erupted! However, the time at the airport was filled with laughter and chatter as the group excitedly talked about what we were looking forward to for the next 8 days.

Once we arrived in Guatemala, it was around an hour drive to Antigua, and we are staying in the most incredible house. It is the same place we stayed in last year, and it is absolutely incredible. There is a view of a volcano from the backyard, a huge courtyard, and hammocks for everyone to hang around in. The family who owns the house is absolutely amazing — they make everything so comfortable and cozy for us, and the food is outstanding. We spent our first few hours settling in, and then worked on vitals and training for the clinic for a few hours.

This is my second year on the trip, and I am ecstatic to see what new things I will learn. This year, we have a superb team of 21 students — Abhi Krishnaraj, Anna Yin, Danya Ziazadeh, Dominique Cornitcher, Elizabeth Dixon, Kathleen Halverson, Kelly Hong, Khang Tran, Lauryn Hauncher, Leah Kiros, Lillie Ross, Lydia Weatherly, Madison Ross, Mohamed Ali Garada, Olivia Wood, Priya Sankaran, Rachel Machuta, Riya Kumar, Sabrina Yancey, Zarine Minwalla, and myself. Dr. Nadia Malik is also with us as our team lead.

I know our team is going to be outstanding, and I am so excited to get back into the clinics and work with them, the other HF staff, and meet all the patients.

Stay tuned for more updates from HF Gift of Health this week!

- Hannah Goosen

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