What is GROW?
GROW is an annual summer internship available to UTSA GlobeMed members to work with Sacred Valley Health in Ollantaytambo, Peru. The GrassRoots Onsite Work (GROW) internship program is crucial to the GlobeMed model. Every year, 3-5 students from each chapter intern on the ground for 3-8 weeks with Sacred Valley Health and implement a project that UTSA GlobeMed will have fundraised for throughout the year. Applications typically open at the end of the fall semester.
Can I receive scholarships to attend?
Absolutely! Once you are notified of acceptance, UTSA GlobeMed will arrange for you to apply to the USAID Global Health Fellows II scholarship, as well as direct you to other university, city, and state scholarships. Both need-based and merit-based scholarships are available to accepted GROW interns.
The average aid received last year was $1,833, and 75% of interns of those who applied received grants to participate in GROW.
2016 GROW Internship Review
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) GlobeMed chapter traveled to Peru in the summer of 2016. They partnered with Sacred Valley Health (Ayni Wasi) to implement an anemia survey and nutritional campaign for children in Ollantaytambo and surrounding communities.
Partnership Action Framework
Members of UT-San Antonio’s GlobeMed chapter will be traveling to the Sacred Valley of Peru in the summer of 2017. Our goal is to implement an anemia survey, in the surrounding communities of Cusco, Peru, and employ strategies aimed at helping the surrounding communities affected by high anemic rates. In our survey we plan to target children less than five years of age and women fourteen years of age and above. These are the locals populations who are most prone to anemia. People who test positive for anemia will be escorted to a government outpost, given medication to treat anemia, and receive preventive education on how to avoid becoming anemic.
Cusco has shown that the supply of hema-rich foods is abundant, and foods lacking in iron are scarce. The correlation between high amounts of hema-rich foods and lack of Iron rich foods directly causes high anemic rates. Due to anemia, people feel fatigue, weakness, have poor physical development, and cognitive impairment. UT-San Antonio’s GlobeMed chapter is being asked by members of Sacred Valley Health to help gain a better understanding of anemic rates in the communities surrounding Cusco. GlobeMed members will fundraise for anemic testing kits, testing strips, and supplies. After the funds have been raised members will travel to communities in the Andes to gather and analyze data within the communities. Sacred Valley and UT-San Antonio’s GlobeMed chapter plan to help over 300 people directly, while indirectly helping over 700 others through education and awareness. Interns will be immersed in local culture while learning about the challenges of global health.