Simon Alarcon (Center)
"I enjoyed participating in the Healing Hearts Across Borders Trip on 4/1/17. I enjoyed the enthusiasm and commitment from the entire group. Many of the participants that were in the group that we went on the trip with were experienced members of the organization. The mission and purpose of the trip were incredible, but I felt a little out of place because the other members were experienced and familiar with the process and flow of the trip.
The trip began when we first arrived at UCSD and we began to sort medications that would be taken to the shelter. When we arrived at the shelter we unpacked the medications and began setting up the shelter to care for the shelter residents. The medications were sorted and packaged in bags for individual use. Each member of the trip was then separated into teams. I volunteered to join the pharmacy group and helped interview patients to see what medications they needed. Unfortunately, there was only one pharmacist and he needed to check all medications before any medications could be distributed. I felt a little uneasy at times because the patients had to wait a long time and at times it felt like they were being ignored, but there was nothing that I could do about it. I understand that the medications needed to be checked by the pharmacist, but I felt like people were being forced to wait excessively. There were some people who had to leave to go to work before the medications could be checked by the pharmacist. Ultimately, I felt that the trip was a success and the people at the shelter benefited from the care and medications that were given out.