My dentist, Jerry Appledoorn at Professional Drive Dental Group, spent a couple weeks in Peru in January, doing to children there what he does to me: inflict pain. He went with some fellow medical professionals and a group of St. Olaf students taking a biology course called Peruvian Odyssey:
This course is a service/learning experience in partnership with Children’s Surgery International. Week one is on-campus examining emerging and existing health care issues. Students will spend two weeks in Cusco, Peru assessing patient needs in a public hospital, a homeless shelter and a small village. Week four will be at St. Olaf in discussion, writing reflective papers and reporting on needs assessment to Children’s Surgery International.