February 26, 2005: Headlines: COS - Nicaragua: Recruitment: Alternatives: Journalism: Humor: Service: Mooresville / Decatur Times: During my senior year of college I had the brilliant idea of joining the Peace Corps. I wanted to save the world and experience different cultures. I got as far as the interview and backed out. I realized that two years was a long time to spend teaching English in Uzbekistan away from my family, friends and working toilets

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During my senior year of college I had the brilliant idea of joining the Peace Corps. I wanted to save the world and experience different cultures. I got as far as the interview and backed out. I realized that two years was a long time to spend teaching English in Uzbekistan away from my family, friends and working toilets

During my senior year of college I had the brilliant idea of joining the Peace Corps. I wanted to save the world and experience different cultures. I got as far as the interview and backed out. I realized that two years was a long time to spend teaching English in Uzbekistan away from my family, friends and working toilets

During my senior year of college I had the brilliant idea of joining the Peace Corps. I wanted to save the world and experience different cultures. I got as far as the interview and backed out. I realized that two years was a long time to spend teaching English in Uzbekistan away from my family, friends and working toilets

We all try to save the world in our own ways


By Sarah Rutherford
srutherford@md-times.com

Saturday February 26, 2005


During my senior year of college I had the brilliant idea of joining the Peace Corps. I wanted to save the world and experience different cultures.

I got as far as the interview and backed out. I realized that two years was a long time to spend teaching English in Uzbekistan away from my family, friends and working toilets.

I chose, instead, to make an impact on society by becoming a journalist and informing the community about issues that affect them and allow them to make informed decisions.

My twin sister, on the other hand, chose a different path. She enrolled in Indiana University Medical School immediately after graduation from IU undergrad and has been locked in her room studying ever since.

When Kim is not in her room studying, the next place to look for her is at Starbucks with a cup of coffee in hand and a book in front of her.

After constant studying I would imagine that most medical students look forward to spring break when they can kick back on a beach with a fruity drink at hand and no cares in the world. At least, thatís what I would do.

While her fellow med students were working on their tan last year, Kim was treating underprivileged people in rural Nicaraguan communities.

She was involved with an alternative spring break program in which 11 first- and second-year medical students from IU led by cardiologist Joe Grossman were sent to Puerta Cabezas on the east coast of Nicaragua to help prevent illness.

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and in desperate need of outside help.

Over a span of a week, they staffed a clinic , built latrines to improve sanitation and taught CPR to hundreds of children and parents.


Their free time was sparse and spent getting acquainted with the Nicaraguan culture by visiting local markets and visiting the beach.

They lived in houses with local host families and slept in mosquito nets. Each morning they would wake and shower by pouring a bucket of water over their heads in a dark scary room, from what I could tell from her pictures.

Flipping through her rolls of pictures I can only imagine not only the hardships but also the rewards. In one picture several smiling children held Cabbage Patch Kid dolls that Kim brought from our personal childhood collection for use in teaching CPR.

In Kimís spare time from studying, she has taken co-chair responsibilities and is planning this yearís trip, which will take place the second week of March. This year they will be visiting Tucuantepe, Nicaragua, just outside the capital city of Managua.

She has been spending the last few months raising money so that this trip can continue year after year.

For more information about the trip or to make a donation contact Kim Rutherford at kdruther@iupui.edu.

Rutherford graduated from Indiana University in May 2003 and worked at a radio station and a public relations firm before deciding newspaper reporting was right for her.





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Story Source: Mooresville / Decatur Times

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