Parina Maniar

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When I started medical school, one of my top priorities was finding a program that would allow me to do a rotation abroad in a meaningful and productive way. I have always had a passion for Spanish and a deep curiosity for other cultures. In my opinion, the absolute best way to both learn and contribute is through complete immersion in the language, the communities, and the system. CoCoDA offered all of these opportunities. Upon our arrival to La Mora, I instantly knew that my experience was going to be pure and real. I could tell from the warm and welcoming attitudes of the host families. I am so grateful for those who opened their doors for us and allowed us to learn from their daily lives. Our clinical work in Suchitoto similarly offered an unfiltered perspective of the healthcare system in El Salvador. I am forever thankful to everyone who allowed us to observe and help during very intimate patient visits. I also truly enjoyed learning about the various traditions and beliefs that exist in the Salvadoran culture while practicing my Spanish skills. I look forward to incorporating my new knowledge and experiences with my future medical practices. It was an honor and a privilege to participate in the CoCoDA program in El Salvador; thank you to everyone who contributed to my rich and unforgettable experience.

Parina Maniar
Parina Maniar