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Anna Breen is a third year honors student majoring in BioResource Research, optioning in Biotechnology and Toxicology, and minoring in Chemistry. As a premed student, she was looking for an international experience where she could observe healthcare in a different socioeconomic system. She spent 10 weeks in Ecuador on an internship with Child Family Health International observing in clinics, hospitals, and various other healthcare platforms while living with a host family. This immersive experience allowed her the opportunity to learn about a different culture and develop her Spanish, as well as see healthcare from an entirely new perspective. Witnessing how a relatively low resource country is able to make healthcare incredibly accessible, in addition to making lasting friends with Ecuadorians in the field, was a transformative experience for her.
Anna Breen (right), undergraduate in Bioresource Research, explains her internship in Ecuador to Alyssa Nelson (far left) (undergraduate in Animal Sciences) and Liz Larew (donor).