Student volunteers cross borders

Oakland University’s first international community service student organization, Medical Brigades, recently spent time in Honduras, providing their knowledge and help to those in need.

While there, 34 students and members of MB provided free medical and dental care to the rural community of Hoya Grande, including a local orphanage.

“The most difficult part was the preparation for the trip,” said Honors College senior, and founder and president, Laura Collier. “Especially gathering all necessary medications and supplies.”

The group also helped build a water system, allowing families in the community access to running water.

“The trip empowered us to continue our mission of global health and sustainable development in third world countries,” Collier said.

OU student and MB member Alana Hartley said the trip as a very humbling experience.

“The ironic thing about helping others is that the people you’re helping, usually end up helping you,” she said. “Those kids helped me realize what happiness really is.”

To learn more about Medical Brigades, contact Laura Collier at [email protected].

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