LAST UPDATED:  1/19/2016


    RCG_InauguralCeremony_12/30  - arriving in Thiruvananthapuram, India on 12/30 - Govt. College of Nursing.  Orientation to Government College of Nursing/ "Family" Dinner

    RCG_Clinical_Cardiac/Neuro/Med_12/31 - Clinical visits begin.   Cardiac, Neurological, and  Medical units at college hospital .

    RCG_New Year

    RCG_Clinical_WomenAndChildren_1/1  -  visit to women and children hospital .

    RCG_Sunrise/Sunset_IndianOcean_1/2_1/3  - Kovalam and Kanyakumari.  Sunrise/ sunset on the Indian Ocean.

    RCG_Clinical_UrbanPrimaryHealthCenter_1/4 - Urban Primary Health Centre, Pangappara.

    RCG_Clinical_MentalRehabAndChildDev_1/5 -  Mental Health Centre, Peroorkada/ Rehab Centre, Abhayagramam

                                                                   - Child Dev Centre SAT Hospital.




    RCG_Clinical_AyuvedaHospital_1/7 - Ayurveda Hospital- Santhigiri Asramam


    RCG_Clinical_Anganwadi/Naturopathy_1_8 - Integrated Child Dev Scheme Centre, Anganwadi/ Naturopathy Centre, Nalanchria










The Calm Before the Storm: 12/27

Hello everyone! I will be traveling from 12/28 to 1/16 as a part of the West Chester University Nursing Department to the southern tip of India (Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India) to study and experience a global perspective of different healthcare systems.   This incredible opportunity could not have arrived at a better time. I will be graduating from WCU and will soon become a nurse in a short and scary 4 short months.  As a new nurse, I am expecting to be thrown out into the confusing, complicated, and sometimes questionable health system practiced today in America.  Traveling, experiencing, and conversing with health professionals around the world, I will hopefully be able to translate and integrate practices of other health system into not only my singular career as a nurse but eventually find ways to better the American healthcare system as a whole.


As a proud supporter and pass traveler in past naturalist expeditions discussed here on birds eat free, I plan to stay true to the birds eat free foundation's mission statement (with a minor change).



To go where no nurse naturalist has ever gone before, or at least into my backyard.

To write a complete sentence on most days, or at least occasionally.

To not be boring, or at least not be boring a lot.

I will be hopefully able to post and record the experiences while traveling everyday and stay as up to date as possible.  I hope you will follow me on this adventure; comments are welcomed!!


Packing Thoughts:

As I go through my packing checklist for the 89th time on the night before

I jet set off 13,657 km (8486 miles- thank you Google) I was struck with an overwhelming feeling of gratitude toward my surroundings.  I am one of the “lucky ones” to have family who is involved down to the snacks and bandaids packed into my carry on. I have friends who are thoughtful, kind, and have become a part of this trip with gifts ( special shoutout to the wonderful Molly Twohig) to help documents my memories to come.  

After chugging my 12th glass of water of the hour ( tiny exaggeration but it paints the picture) I am also struck with the strange realization that in less than 24 hours, I will be reliant on a special ( and expensive) “purification” water bottle to quench my thirst.   While there is no denying there are many issues going on in America today, the accessibility to clean water, air, ect. is something that many, myself included, do not think twice about on a daily basis.  Having not even left the country yet, I am anticipating how incredibly different my reality is compared to those in another part of the world.  In preparation for this trip, we were required to read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof. While this book is full of gut wrenching stories of young girls around the world and at many times made me uncomfortable to read, it is eye opening to the struggles of those in parts of the world which rarely or never cross our minds as Americans.  I hope that my upcoming travels will help me better understand those different than myself as well as some of the issues.

“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain