On July 7, 2012, after having just completed their first year at BINM, 11 students ventured to Nicaragua to volunteer with Natural Doctors International and learn about global health. The students from Boucher each brought with them 50 lbs of medicines, which were all donated in kind to this worthy cause. They were also required to cover the cost of their flights as well as a $1,300 donation to NDI for the global health course.
The Boucher Brigade fundraised and planned diligently in the year leading up to their trip but had no idea what a wonderful life changing experience they were in for.
Living with local families, and learning what it was like to work on a sustenance farm opened was an eye-opening experience. Seeing firsthand the constraints facing the Nicaraguan people they were working with as they faced the challenge of feeding their families on just $2.00 per day in addition to putting in a weeks worth of shifts at the clinic. The power, the running water and the torrential down pour would come and go, hot water was hard to come by and the heat was unforgiving but nobody complained. Every night after dinner the students came together to learn about the history of Nicaragua, fare trade vs free trade, global politics and the World Health Organization.
As a member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, Ryan Oughtred saw his fare share of health professionals throughout his athletic career.
Taylor Bean, fourth-year student at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, smiles when she recalls her most memorable experience as a volunteer with Natural Doctors International in Nicaragua.
Three years ago, if someone had asked Chris Halldorson whether he would be in his second year of naturopathic medical school at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine he probably would have answered, 'No'.