This Summer, HOLA is thrilled to be taking volunteers back to Nicaragua. Between August 20th and August 27th our volunteer team will be shadowing Nicaraguan physicians, participating in veterinary clinics and collecting key data that will aid the expansion of our OB/gyn program and lay the groundwork for a new initiative aimed at reducing unintended teen pregnancy counts in the communities we serve. To sponsor a volunteer, hit DONATE NOW and leave the volunteer’s name in the comments section of the donation page. We are already immensely proud of the team we are bringing to Nicaragua and cannot wait to share more news about their work and impact over the coming months. Meet the team below:
My name is Rylie Hansen and I am currently a junior at the University of Denver, although I am originally from Austin, Texas. I am double majoring in psychology with honors and biological sciences. I have a concentration in cognitive neuroscience and a minor in chemistry. I hope to learn how both the human anatomy and the human psyche play a roll in health.
This past fall, I studied abroad at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. While falling head over heels for the landscape and the Scottish people, I also became really passionate about international public health policy. I will likely be going back for my Master’s degree. My dream is to pursue a career in pediatric surgery. I really hope to spend time working for Doctor’s Without Borders at some point in my career.
I am also a huge movie buff and hope to eventually help make medical documentaries. HOLA has given me the opportunity to explore my relationship with international medicine and pursue research publication as an undergraduate. I am so grateful for the opportunity and look forward to sharing my stories from Nicaragua this summer!
Zach Hutchko graduated from DU in 2020 with a degree in psychology while playing on the Men’s lacrosse team at the school. Shortly after graduation he received his Master’s in Healthcare Management and gained a huge interest in Public Health.
He is currently a Medical Assistant at a Family Practice in Denver and plans on pursuing an LPC and becoming a Professional Counselor.
Sarah Thomson is a senior at the University of Denver double majoring in psychology and biological sciences with a minor in cognitive neuroscience with particular interest in the overlap between psychology and biology, examining all contributing factors to both physical and mental disorders. She is currently planning to go to medical school after completion of her undergraduate degree. Sarah is very passionate about research and would love to look at neuro developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder and cerebral palsy. She is very excited to join the team!
Kensey Bishop is a recent graduate of the University of Denver with a BS in Biology and is applying to medical school this spring of 2022. With experience in health education and promotion as a peer health educator on DU’s campus, she is passionate about public health initiatives and their importance in developing happy and healthy communities.
Kensey also currently works as a medical assistant in a primary care clinic and is excited to learn more about international clinical care in Nicaragua. Outside of school and work, she enjoys spending time in the mountains while skiing and hiking, cooking healthy recipes, and spending time with close friends and family.
Hello, my name is Gillian Luczyk and I’m currently a senior at the University of Denver studying molecular biology and Spanish. I am originally from Waukesha, WI but have fallen in love with all that CO has to offer.
I’m outdoors as much as possible, whether skiing, camping, hiking, or just relaxing outside with friends. Throughout my time as an undergrad, I’ve taken several global health courses and have developed a passion for maternal health. I’m super excited to be traveling to Nicaragua and to further my knowledge of healthcare on a global scale and from another perspective!
My name is Anna Rini and I am a junior at the University of Denver double majoring in Biology and Psychology with a concentration in cognitive neuroscience and minor in chemistry. I am very passionate about helping others and am an advocate for women’s health.
My career goals are to attend graduate school for global health and then continue my education at medical school.
My dream job would either be an pediatric oncologist, OBGYN, or sports medicine doctor. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to travel to Nicaragua and gain clinical experience while helping those who need it most.
My name is Noah Craver, I am currently a Sophomore at DU and I am majoring in biology. I plan on attending veterinary school once I have completed my major and I am minoring in German and either physics or chemistry. I
n my free time, I enjoy going for runs, hiking, and playing video games. I am also working in the Blankenship lab on campus, studying the embryos of fruit flies. I am incredibly excited to be able to travel to Nicaragua and cannot wait to gain veterinary experience while there.
I am Bella Lorenz a rising senior at the University of Denver. I am pursing a B.S in biology and psychology with a concentration in cognitive neurological science and a minor in chemistry. I am originally from St. Louis, MO but have relocated to Denver to work as a CNA and finish my degree. I have high hopes of attending medical school and becoming a neurosurgeon for women who are pregnant. I am wanting to work with children in the womb who have predetermined neurological or psychological disorders.
I am so excited to get the opportunity to participate in this study with HOLA and get to travel to Nicaragua to work with teenagers experiencing pregnancy and other health issues. I am very passionate about service learning and feel this experience will give me valuable life skills as I enter into the professional world this upcoming summer!