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Jeannie Hatcherson

“Everybody” Helps

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In July, 14 volunteers traveled to Vratsa, Bulgaria, to teach, play and paint at Assen Zlatarov, a social home for 70 children aged 7 to 18 whose families are unable to provide for them. Arranged along with Tabitha Foundation, we want to thank all of the people who donated through Fundrazr. Without your support, we […] [Read More]
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Help Us Brighten Their Home!

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In July, a group of 10 volunteers will travel with Humanitarian Travel Abroad, LLC, to Bulgaria and try, with a little elbow grease and paint, to brighten the home of 90 orphans living in Vratza at “Assen Zlatarov.” About 25 of the children face mental and physical challenges. Our trip is in conjunction with Tabitha […] [Read More]
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How to Narrow the Wage Gap

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Recently, I spoke to the chair of my department at WCSU about offering an independent study opportunity to students. I am teaching medical anthropology, my specialty, on a medical/dental trip to the Inner Himalayas with the Himalayan Health Exchange next June. Having offered travel study courses in the past, I was hoping to streamline the process […] [Read More]
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Health Care and Anthropology in the Inner Himalayas

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In June, I’ll be traveling to the Inner Himalayas with Himalayan Health Exchange on a medical/dental mission to the Rupin Valley (see below). Along with other anthropology professors, I’ll be teaching about non-Western healing traditions, medical anthropology and other aspects of health and illness. Having managed volunteer surgical missions abroad, trekked to remote villages in […] [Read More]
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All a-GLOW

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I just returned from an inspiring couple of weeks in Bulgaria with Leadership Academy GLOW. I traveled with two students from WCSU and Dr. Darla Shaw. We participated in activities with 50 campers, 30peer counselors and three American Peace Corps volunteers. The intensive programs are designed to create community, build self-esteem and teach girls to be […] [Read More]
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WCSU Volunteers ‘GLOW’ in Bulgaria

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In a leadership session this morning with Leadership Academy GLOW (girls leading our world), I learned that a good leader is one who inspires others to accomplish a goal. I guess I’m a good leader! In June, 2013, the Peace Corps will leave Bulgaria and no longer participate in the GLOW program, which they founded […] [Read More]
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Role Models

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In 1977 I learned about Jodie Richers and Americans for International Aid (AIA) in Atlanta, GA, a group of airline volunteers who used their travel privileges to bring adopted orphans back from foreign countries to their new parents – saving these families thousands of dollars in airfare and hotel expense. I was a flight attendant […] [Read More]
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This Woman’s History

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I loved Woody Allen‘s, Midnight in Paris, but it was my joy at seeing Gertrude Stein’s targeted nurturing of the artists and writers of Paris in the twenties, as portrayed by Kathy Bates, for me stole the film. It is a lovely  coincidence that from February 28 to June 3, 2012, Metropolitan Museum of Art in […] [Read More]
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Clowning for Health

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In Medical Anthropology class this semester at WCSU, students are learning about healers a little different from those who graduate from US medical schools. In reading Anne Fadiman’s classic story, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, they learned about Lia Lee, a Hmong child with epilepsy, whose parents believed her illness made her […] [Read More]
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Volunteer India

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At Prayrona 2: I like this better than “Jeannie”! I just returned from a Humanitarian Travel Abroad trip to India and, once again, besides being overwhelmed by the warm welcome we received from the children and teachers, I was humbled by the people I met who follow their hearts to make a difference in the lives […] [Read More]
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