Medical Missions to Peru and the Dominican Republic

Nicholas Tyger '12

Hometown:  Mount Pleasant, PA
Major: Cell/ Molecular Biology
Minor: Spanish
Pre-Professional Program:  Pre-Health

Magellan Project Description:
As the first part of my Magellan Project, I lived in hostels around the city of Cusco, Peru and interacted with the people of the neighboring communities. The observational research I conducted will enhance the future efforts of Presidents Without Borders. During these interactions, I assessed the degree of poverty as well as the compatibility of Presidents Without Borders in these areas. These interactions stretched from the low to the high altitude campos of Machu Picchu at Aguas Calientes.

In the second part of my Magellan Project, Aa part of Presidents Without Borders, I led a group of ten Washington & Jefferson College students to complete a medical mission in the Dominican  in conjunction with Solid Rock Missions, a non-profit organization based in Indianapolis, IN. Planning During the mission, my team’s relief effort affected over 3,000 men, women and children in remote barrios near the Haitian border. This is the highest number of patients ever seen in one week by Solid Rock Missions.

How will your Magellan Project help with your plans after graduation?
From the experiences I’ve had in Peru and the Dominican Republic this summer, I will carry my love for helping others in my career as a health professional.