By Danielle Dimacali
Photo by Manmit Singh
After flying across international borders and traversing through TSA guidelines, we are warmly welcomed by Dr. Foster and our gracious host, Rosa, at the airport. The Spanish chattering, the bachata playing in the streets, and the warm embrace of the islands remind us we are indeed in the Dominican Republic.
Rosa’s casa is warm and inviting— adorned with plants, scattered with fruits, and a Dominican Republic feast of plantains, rice, beans, chickens, and fresh squeezed passion fruit juice waiting for us on the table. We realized how lucky we are to be in such a unique position to learn about not only the Dominican Republic health care infrastructure, but have an intimate glimpse of the people, the culture, and the way of life through an immersive experience. As we recognize our own biases and our role as Emory Nursing students and American outsiders on this trip, Rachel succinctly summarized our expectations for this trip with this Ralph Waldo Emerson quote: “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”