Students Join Global Medical Brigade to Honduras
May 12, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University students will be bringing much-needed
medical care to Central America this summer with the campus chapter of the Global
"This trip is more than helping out people in need. It's about creating sustainable
solutions for health care," said Devon Boydstun, a sophomore from Galesburg, Ill.,
who founded the Illinois Wesleyan chapter of the Brigade, a student-led international
relief organization that brings medical care to impoverished nations. The group of
25 students will journey to Honduras in June.
Boydstun said he decided to found the organization in 2008, during his first year
on campus. "I was looking for a program that would combine medical experience with
helping others," said Boydstun. "The Global Brigade programs really help students
get up and running by arranging travel plans and holding weekly phone discussions
about expectations and issues students might face abroad." He started the group with
That number has now grown to nearly 30, most of whom will accompany Boydstun on the
journey. Student members enlisted the help of medical doctors who will travel with
them to Honduras. Boydstun will know one of the doctors well – it is his father. "The
five doctors who are coming with us are all friends or family members, which makes
it easier on us," he said. "When we spoke to the doctors, many let us know this is
something they always wanted to do, but were not sure how. I feel as though we are
facilitating a way for physicians to give aid of which they were not aware."
While they are in Honduras, the students will work with doctors to see patients, distribute
medicine, and generate medical records that will be used by other chapters of the
Global Health Brigade. "This won't just end with our visit. People will receive ongoing
medical care by another chapter, and perhaps our chapter again if we can return."
Returning depends upon the money the students raise for their journeys. The Global Medical Brigade has been raising funds all semester to offset travel costs. More information can
be found by going to the Web site, and going to Summer/Fall 2009 Medical Brigades.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960