As much as we loved the play time we had, today was our first work day which I feel everyone was nervous, but excited at the same time. We were in the Red Bank doing Community Visits, which consisted of groups of 3 to 4 students walking around the village speaking with residents. We discussed family structures, their culture and aspects of their health issues. This went very well. We were able to gain a lot of good information. Many of the residents we spoke with were females, because their partners were working at the farm plantations. Around noon the students in Red Bank gathered at a hut where a village women had cooked us (a very large pot) of rice and beans (YUM). After lunch we moved to our next work area, which was at the dental clinic in Georgetown. There we were working with the patients before getting treated asking them about their family and community health issues. This was very interesting since the people in Georgetown were much more open and willing to answer our questions than the residents in Red Bank. Some of us did get pulled from interviews to help the dental students with patients (by holding the light, getting tools, cleaning tools) and for students that are not in the dental department this was a once in a life time opportunity. Tomorrow we start off the day back in the dental clinic and then community interviews in Georgetown!! Can't wait!!
Cynthia Jackson And Kelly White