W&J's Presidents Without Borders (PWB) is a service organization that actively introduces students to global areas that are generally underserved and underrepresented in the field of medicine. PWB members go on medical mission trips to nations in need, providing support to local clinics and medical professionals. Students experience not only personal and scholastic growth, but also the sense of contributing to the greater community. A goal of PWB is to shape future professionals, both in medical and non-medical professions, as empathetic global citizens.
PWB was founded by Nick Tyger (’12), a student who traveled to the Dominican Republic in 2009 and 2010 as a recipient of the Magellan Project. While there, Nick worked at a clinic, doing everything from checking a patient’s vital signs to reviewing medical history to providing medication. He also had the opportunity to actively observe a handful of medical procedures performed in a typical clinical setting. Nick’s experience inspired him to create Presidents Without Borders, leading other W&J students on similar medical missions.
Since its founding in 2011, Presidents Without Borders has traveled to the following places:
The Dominican Republic (2011)
Managua, Nicaragua (2012)
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico (2013)
For more information, please visit:
In addition, contact Justin Dandoy (Office of Volunteer Programs) and Dr. Katherine Ternes (faculty advisor) to learn more about PWB and upcoming trips.