We’re incredibly excited to be planning our next GROW trip !!! Today we (the new GROW team!) met for the second time to discuss how we can be most effective during our 4 week journey. We brainstormed questions and categorized them into categories such as ‘what can we learn from last year’s GROW team’, ‘what can we learn through pre-trip Skype calls’ and ‘what we must learn when we’re in Comitancillo’. This way we can be most prepared and avoid spending valuable onsite time learning things that we could have learned prior to the trip. We also started looking into plane tickets and planning exact dates! More to come; saludos!

For now, get to know our 2015 team:

Lexie Burton ’17 [GROW Coordinator]

1453242_321456231382704_6446980274313598960_nLexie is a sophomore from the San Francisco Bay Area, double majoring in Biology & Society and English. She is interested in human thought both from the scientific perspective and from the perspective of literature, but she is unsure of future plans. She has been involved in GlobeMed at Cornell since the first semester of her freshman year and became the GROW Internship Coordinator at the start of her sophomore year. She is very excited to visit Comitancillo and learn more about their culture and foster the relationship between AMMID and GlobeMed at Cornell; furthermore, she is excited to expand her travel experience, and to learn about cross-cultural communication and education. In her spare time, Alexandra enjoys spending time with her friends, running, rock climbing, hiking, reading, and listening to music.

Diana Litsas ’17

unnamed-2Diana is a sophomore who thoroughly enjoys her major in Human Biology, Health and Society, as it lets her study health from both scientific and social perspectives. After participating in an eye-opening trip to Rosarita, Mexico for a house-building project, she was instantly attracted to GlobeMed and the GROW internship’s model of partnership and sustainability. GlobeMed at Cornell is everything she hoped it would be and more, with club members offering inspiring insight at meetings, and showing incredible enthusiasm at fundraisers. She can’t wait to work with AMMID and contribute to the full cycle of GlobeMed, from raising awareness and funds on campus, and turning those efforts to improvements in the lives of the the San Marcos community. In addition to the water filtration project, Diana looks forward to being immersed in the Maya-Mam culture, particularly the aspects that involve food and dancing, as those are two of her favorite things.

Jessica Robinson ’16
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetJessica is a junior from Charlotte, North Carolina, and has been active with GlobeMed at Cornell since 2013, serving as a small group leader for weekly ghU sessions. Her goals for the GROW trip include fostering a closer connection with the youth of San Marcos so as to ensure that those of all ages may participate in our partnership with the community if they would like. She would also be thrilled to learn some Spanish. While at Cornell, she is trying to chart a course for future acceptance to a Physician’s Assistant program through the Human Biology, Health & Society major with minors in Health Policy and French. When she isn’t binge-watching Mad Men or trying to finish her goodread’s 2015 list in her spare time, she loves racking up frequent flyer miles, eventing (equestrian sport), and planning the next adventure.

Olivia Winokur ’15
1908858_10152158562684536_1368564335_oOlivia, a senior from Southern California, has been involved with GlobeMed at Cornell since 2011 and has since held various positions such as Director of Communications and External Co-President. Although she is graduating in May, Olivia wants to make sure that GlobeMed at Cornell and AMMID maintain a close relationship in order to be most effective in narrowing the gap in global health inequities for the Maya-Mam in San Marcos. Her major goals for the GROW trip include documenting the partnership in the form of a video and surveying in order to analyze the effectiveness of the existing water filtration project and potential future projects. At Cornell, Olivia studies the intersection of the environment and human health through a self-designed Interdisciplinary Studies major. After Cornell and post-GROW Olivia hopes to attend graduate school to study disease ecology, specifically focusing on pathogen/human or pathogen/arthropod immunological interactions. In her free time, Olivia enjoys traveling, backpacking, skiing, reading and watching Jeopardy.