Mercer On Mission

"Experience is not what happens to a person...Experience is what a person DOES with what happens to him/her"

Overcoming Obstacles

During our travels thus far, most of our team has faced some type of adversity or obstacle that they might not have been prepared for. These obstacles may be things such as a language barrier, lack of clinical proficiency, culture shock, etc. since arriving in Honduras, my biggest obstacle has been flexibility. 

My personality calls for a strict time schedule and set objectives. This trip has really challenged that aspect for me. Due to construction, our trips on the bus are often much longer than they were originally expected to be. This then throws off the schedule for the rest of the day. 

Our times in the clinic are expected to end around 3:15; however, each day so far hasn't ended until 4:00-5:00 pm. This then requires me to adjust to the schedule changes. 

I've come to the realization that though an organized structured lifestyle can be easily accomplished within the United States, it is difficult to accomplish this within Honduran culture, especially when traveling with a large group. After receiving our cultural integration information session from Leslie, I have come to understand that Hondurans aren't afraid of being late or taking a little bit of extra time for themselves while putting off other responsibilities. They are a go with the flow society; therefore, I should go with the flow. 

Geoffry Johnson 

Public Health Student 

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