It was really an amazing trip, I realized a lot of things I don't normally notice where i live. It was definitely an eye-opening experience" -Karoline Kress
Henderson, NV (PRWEB) January 17, 2013
In December, the Disque Foundation traveled to Cartago, Costa Rica, for their first annual contribution trip. The trip itself was immediately considered to be a success, and though more than a month has now passed, it's impact is still being felt by many volunteers who experienced the trip first hand.
The primary purpose of the trip was to fulfill the Disque Foundation's mission to further health care education to underserved areas, and to inspire others to live inspired lives. To further their reach, the foundation partnered with National Health Care Provider Solutions (NHCPS), an online provider of continuing medical education certification programs for domestic health care professionals. NHPCS has already made significant contributions to the foundation, and are continuing to increase their efforts.
The foundation is also extending its mission of inspiring others to its volunteers. This trip was the first major philanthropic opportunity for many volunteers. Karoline Kress is one of these first-time volunteers, who at just fourteen-years-old, was one of the youngest volunteers with the foundation. By weeks end, her efforts made a lasting impact not only on the trip itself, but on the foundation as a whole.
Members of the foundation organized Basic Life Support and First Aid training for local medical professionals and others. Over the course of her week in Costa Rica, Karoline participated in these trainings on multiple occasions, often providing visual support for various life support techniques being taught. A translator was used for all training sessions, and the language barrier made her visual demonstrations often vital for student comprehension.
To maximize their efforts, the foundation spent extra time between training sessions at the Pueblito de Costa Rica Orphanage. For the younger volunteers, the similarity of age with the children made these days at the orphanage more of a normal activity rather than contribution work. While there, Karoline spent time playing multiple sports with the other kids, making small improvements to the property, and adding new paintings to the walls. One of her paintings meant to commemorate the trip served as the inspiration for the Disque Foundation's new official logo.
“It was really an amazing trip, I realized a lot of things I don’t normally notice where I live. It was definitely an eye-opening experience,” Karoline said.
“This trip was very special and unique for us. As our first trip, it's main purpose was to provide medical training and other contributions to the underserved in Cartago," Dr. Karl "Fritz" Disque, Executive Director of the Disque Foundation, said. "But it also turned out to be an amazing inspirational experience for some of our youngest volunteers, which is something we strive for. Hopefully this will be something Karoline and the others never forget."
Now fully returned from her trip, Karoline is searching for new ways to encourage others her age to seek out similar volunteer opportunities. During her week in Costa Rica, she kept a journal detailing her daily activities. These entries have been donated to the Disque Foundation with the hope that sharing her memories of the trip will serve as a source of inspiration. Karoline's journal and the foundation's new logo can now be viewed on the Disque Foundation website.
More about the Disque Foundation
The Disque Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded on a mission to inspire others to live inspired lives, and to advance the quality of education and health care to underserved regions both domestic and abroad. Dr. Karl “Fritz” Disque, Executive Director for the Disque Foundation, leads all training efforts for the foundation.
To further their efforts, the foundation has teamed up with National Health Care Provider Solutions (NHCPS), an online provider of Basic Life Support (BLS), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), PALS (Pediatric Advanced Life Support) and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification programs. NHCPS is working with the foundation to provide training for one individual in an underserved area for every individual certified online through their website.
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