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Matador Contributing Editor Juliane Huang gives us a by the numbers overview of medical volunteering in Honduras.
Panoramic view of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. All photos: Global Medical Brigades
Hours on the plane, round-trip, including delays: 16
People seen and treated for medical concerns: 1,000
Medicines brought by volunteers.
US dollar value of medications dispensed: 5,000
Hours spent packing and organizing medications: 10
People seen and treated for dental concerns: 200
Times physically winced while watching tooth extractions: 5
Number of volunteers: 38
Doctors on site: 2
Paramedics on site: 2
Dentists on site: 1
Orphanages visited: 2
Highly competitive soccer games started between volunteers and kids at the orphanages: 1
Age range of kids: 1.5 to 16
Reminders to avoid drinking or brushing teeth with tap water: 3
Times panicked because water got in eyes and mouth during shower: 1
Plantains, pre-slicing and deep frying. Mmmm.
Anti-parasite pills taken after touching down in Miami: 1
Anti-malarial pills taken before, during, and after trip: 16
Bags of plantain chips consumed: 5
Bottles of Chilean wine enjoyed: 8
Pounds lost: 0
Candid conversations with roommates about bowel movements: 14
Cold showers taken: 7
Group photo before going home.
Fantasies about having hot water: 7
Taking first hot shower after getting home: priceless
Hot lady cop escorts: 1
Political graffiti spotted: 4
Collective photos taken: 459
Bags of coffee bought: 3
Total mosquito bites on me: 0!