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  • 1.
  • 2. Travel and Customs
    • Be sure to complete all paperwork for Shoulder to Shoulder in advance
    • Make sure that passport does not expire within 90 days of return
    • Allow enough time for processing a new or updated passport (the post offices can direct you to the nearest office).
    • Keep a copy of your passport in each piece of luggage and carryon, and carry it with you at all times.
    • Leave a copy of your passport and itinerary with your family.
  • 3. Travel and Customs
    • All brigades are registered with the State Department by Shoulder to Shoulder before departure.
    • For MDs and RNs, carry a copy of your licensing credentials
    • Keep important documents with you at all times
    • All travelers should have evacuation insurance, which is provided with your brigade fee to Shoulder to Shoulder.
  • 4. What to know before you go
    • The most common medical problem encountered is travelers diarrhea
    • You can avoid this by eating only what the Hombro a Hombro cooks prepare. The food is prepared by cooks who are used to cooking for North American brigades.
    • In restaurants, eat only foods that are cooked-avoid fresh fruits and vegetables and drink drinks from a bottle, without ice.
    • Avoid eating food from street vendors.
    • Bring a prescription of ciprofloxacin with you, to take in case of GI symptoms! Imodium may be helpful as well, but should only be taken along with ciprofloxacin.
    • Hepatitis A immunization is recommended.
    • Typhoid vaccination is generally not necessary-unless you are an adventurous eater.
  • 5. What to know before you go
    • In Intibuca (Santa Lucia, Concepcion, Pinares), there is very little malaria. Chloroquine prophylaxis is not necessary.
    • There is more malaria along the coast, and in the Bay Islands (Roatan). If travel to these areas is planned, then you should plan to take chloroquine prophylaxis.
    • In Intibuca, Dengue Fever does occur, so insect precautions are advisable.
    • Bring insect repellent with 5-10% DEET.
    • Mosquito tents are available in the clinic for use if you wish.
  • 6. What To Bring
    • Flashlight or Headlight
    • Insect Repellent (DEET)
    • Good Book
    • Pocket translation guide
    • Good walking Shoes
    • Flip flops
    • Lightweight sweater or jacket
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Raingear (May-December)
    • Water Bottle
    • Bathing Suit
    • Sunscreen
    • Camera
    • Ear plugs
    • Toilet paper
    • 3-5 days of clothes (laundry service is available)
    • Toiletries
    • Personal medications in marked original bottles
  • 7. Recommended Reading
    • The End of Poverty (Jeffrey Sachs)
    • Mountains beyond Mountains (Tracy Kidder about Paul Farmer)
    • Enriques journey (Sonia Nazario)
    • I, Rigoberta Menchu
    • Not All of Us Are Saints (David Hilfiker, MD)
    • Three Cups of Tea (Greg Mortenson)
  • 8. Packing and Supplies
    • You may choose to purchase plastic bins for packing that may be left in the country.
    • Recommended procedure:
    • Use the 24 gallon Rubbermaid bins
    • Drill a hole in each corner
    • Use plastic cable ties to secure the bin at the four corners, tape four more cable ties to a piece of paper inside the bin with a note for TSA to use to reclose as needed
    • Be sure to keep the weight below 50 lbs!
    • Place a copy of the customs letter in each bin. This letter is on the website.
  • 9. Luggage
    • When taking luggage through customs , be prepared to open everything. Leave the airline issue tags on your baggage, as customs will check them against your claim stubs.
    • If your luggage doesnt arrive, notify your brigade leader immediately.
    • After customs, collect your luggage and meet with team.
    • Travel may be long, so keep your carryon with you.
  • 10. Packing and Supplies
    • The Hombro a Hombro Clinic continues to rely on donations brought down by brigades.
    • Your donations are of huge benefit to the clinic
    • Clinic and project supply needs are listed on the website.
    • If you have supplies not listed on the needs list, check with Mo before bringing.
    • Of note, medications should not be within 6 months of their expiration.
    • Attempt to pack all or almost everything you will need in your carryon, leaving checked baggage primarily for medications and supplies.
  • 11. The Santa Lucia Compound
    • Clinic building with offices and dental clinic
    • Library under construction
    • Large building behind Clinic with brigade quarters below and apartments above for long term volunteers and employees.
    • There are four dormitories with 8 beds each in the building behind the clinic.
    • There are two large bathrooms with showers.
  • 12. Water
    • The clinic uses a large sand filter to purify the water.
    • There is a large water cooler in the comedor that has safe drinking water.
    • The water that comes out of taps in the clinic and dormitory is not safe.
    • Any drinks (juices, etc) that the cooks put out are safe.
    • When out of the clinic, only drink what comes out of a bottle (Coke, bottled water, or from your own canteen)
  • 13. Water conservation
    • During the entire year, there are water shortage problems.
    • This is worse during the dry season-January through May.
    • Most people in town only receive water for a few hours every 3 days. They fill up all the containers in the house and use this water until it comes again.
  • 14. Water Conservation
    • The clinic has a tank system.
    • Army showers are VERY important (turn on water to get wet, turn it off, lather up, turn it on again to rinse off).
    • Only one shower per day!
    • Toilets also use lots of water. Use the rule: If its yellow let it mellow, if its brown flush it down.
  • 15. Safety Issues
    • In general, Honduras is politically stable.
    • Around Santa Lucia and in the rural areas, there is very little crime. In San Pedro Sula, El Progreso and Tegucigalpa, there is more crime.
    • In the rural areas, always use the buddy system and travel in pairs. Do not walk outside the clinic compound after dark.
    • In the cities, travel in groups, and let your brigade leader know where you are going.
  • 16. Internet
    • The internet in Santa Lucia is vital to the functioning of the staff and Hombro a Hombro operations.
    • There is a bandwidth limit, and therefore use is not unlimited like it is here in the US.
    • So, it is extremely important to follow the policy, or else the internet is shut down completely for 2-3 days.
    • You may bring a laptop as there is wireless access. If you do, please turn off all automatic updates.
    • Otherwise, they will let you know which computer can be used.
  • 17. Internet
    • In general, check just your email quickly. You may wish to set up a gmail