Altitude Medicine in Bolivia (APEX 5)

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Day 1 – Touchdown at 3,640m in the sprawling city of La Paz, Bolivia

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Day 3 – Acclimatisation in full flow: battling through the altitude sickness to visit ‘moon valley’

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Day 4 – Learning how to image our own eyes before we ascend Huayna Potosi

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Day 5 – Group picture before the 7-day altitude expedition begins!

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Day 5 – The journey up led us to some remote and beautiful places

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Day 5 – Home for the next week at 4,800m – cosy!

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Day 6 – Night 1 survived and spirits are high

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Day 6 – Blood samples taken, processed and frozen for later analysis

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Day 7 – A day off research for the whole team by the lake, the best place to chill (literally)

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Day 8 – A second day off for climbing adventures with our adopted dogs

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Day 9 – The centre of the Milky Way visible in the Andean nights

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Day 11 – Final research day: Rebecca and Sarah pipetting blood platelet samples

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Day 11 – Research finished! The final samples frozen in liquid nitrogen ready for their trip back to Edinburgh

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Expedition over!: The team visit the Bolivian salt flats, the experience of a lifetime

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Wrapping up the trip with a compulsory visit to the breathtaking Machu Picchu

Darien: Land of the Forgotten

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Global Brigades is an international organization that empowers communities to meet their health and economic goals through the help of university volunteers and local teams. In October of 2016, the first Human Rights Chapter was established within the University of Edinburgh University.

From Friday the 23rd to Friday the 30th of June, I travelled with eleven other of my peers twelve to the Darien Province of rural Panama. We took part in a week of human rights work with local Latino and Indigenous communities. Over the course of the week, we shadowed two Panamanian lawyers in providing pro bono legal clinics to community members at the local primary school and following up divorce and marriage cases chosen from the legal clinics of previous brigades. As a group we also benefited from talks given by the mayor of the local township, a local social worker and psychologist, and the members of a community bank that had been set up through Global Brigades educating on micro-finance and capitalisation. At the end of the week, we also worked with the children of the local school in an anti-bullying awareness lesson.

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International Congress of Nursing (ICN) 2017 in Barcelona

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Barcelona 1992 Olympic Torch

Barcelona 1992 Olympic Torch

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

The Stained Glass Windows of La Sagrada Familia

The Stained Glass Windows of La Sagrada Familia

ICN Congress 2017

ICN Congress 2017

ICN2017 Exhibition Area

ICN2017 Exhibition Area

ICN2017 Poster Area

ICN2017 Poster Area

Poster Presentation ICN2017_

Poster Presentation ICN2017

ICN2017 Leadership Cafe Stop

ICN2017 Leadership Cafe Stop

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ICN2017 Opening ceremony

ICN2017 Opening ceremony

ICN2017 Workshop

ICN2017 Workshop

Ciutadella Park Barcelona

Ciutadella Park Barcelona

Park Guell Barcelona

Park Guell Barcelona

Port Vell

Port Vell

Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Tibidabo

Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Tibidabo

Summer School in Amsterdam

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Thanks to the Principal’s Go Abroad Fund for providing me such a precious opportunity to participate in the Grant Writing and Proposal Development programme in the University of Amsterdam. The reason why I participated in this programme was that this programme could equip me with the necessary skills and knowledge on the development of project proposal. I spent 3 weeks in Amsterdam acquiring proposal writing skills and developing my project proposal. This 3-week programme facilitated me to develop a project proposal, aiming to establish computer labs for disabled people in order to help them to learn basic computer skills. At the end of the programme, we presented our project proposals in front of the class.

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Before I left for Amsterdam, I was worried that my experience and idea would not be sufficient to develop the project proposal during the 3-week programme. However, it turned out that through exchanging ideas with classmates and the teacher, I gradually developed my own project ideas and started thinking about the project from different perspectives. Every day was rewarding and filled with inspiring lectures and group discussions. I kept learning from constantly expressing and discussing my project ideas with my classmates and friends and revising my proposal drafts. In fact, developing a project proposal is a long process, which needs patience and repeated revisions.

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I was also worried about getting lost in a new environment. In fact getting lost is the best way to learn a city. No trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a trip to a museum. I spent a great time with my friends exploring the beautiful city, visiting museums and trying new food.

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During this summer programme, l have learnt basic skills about how to develop a project proposal. In addition, I have made friends with similar interests from different countries, many of whom have already had working experience in developing project proposals for non-profit organisations. I have learnt a lot when chatting with them.

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I really enjoy my stay in Amsterdam. This summer becomes distinct and meaningful for me, which entitles me the great opportunity to increase my experience and try new things. I will remember this summer forever.

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Working in Berkeley, California

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Due to University restrictions, we can’t use any pictures of the activities involving the campers on the SST program (Social Skills Track for kids with Autism and Asperger). However, here’s the amazing view from the camp’s location hidden up in the Berkeley Hills. If you look carefully, you can see the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.

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On the first Friday of each month, Berkeley’s boisterous neighbour city: Oakland hosts a street festival packed with wacky art shows, street performances and some of the state’s best food trucks.

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One of San Francisco’s famous never-ending streets. Most cameras struggle to capture the steep inclines of the streets throughout the city. If you’re going to cycle it – stick to the coast.

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A less known Californian beauty. The Chico Valley has some of the clearest water with just-deep-enough spots for some incredible cliff jumping.

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On your travels to Tahoe, don’t be fooled into thinking there’s only one great lake around. Just half an hour out, Angora lake is home to a spine-tingling 60 foot cliff jump to the bottom of a beautiful waterfall. And even in mid July you’ll find a field of snow above it, just reminding you that you’re at 2500m above sea level, and above your average European ski resort.

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The summit of Mount Diablo – named after its diverse wildlife including venomous snakes and scorpions. Home to the second largest panoramic view in the world after Japan’s Mount Fiji.

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Looking out over Yosemite from the top of Half Dome. The 10-12 hour hike is bound to challenge you, but be worth the wait once you’re up there. In a surprisingly non-safe-American fashion the last 100m consist of some dodgy cables, planks of wood and poles stuck in the rock to drag you up the sheer side of the dome’s summit.

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With a bit of effort and boulder climbing, you can make it to the small pool of freezing water at the bottom of Yosemite Falls – the highest waterfall in North America.

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No festival quite like it, Outside Lands Festival is tucked into the Golden Gate Park in the middle of the city. The eclectic and extravagant three day festival sees some of the biggest names in the world perform on stage. 

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The sunset following a stormy day at Lake Tahoe. Fun Fact: The amount of water in Lake Tahoe (39 trillion gallons) is enough to supply each person in the U.S. with 50 gallons of water per day for 5 years.

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One of the peaks of Zion National Park. A captivating scenery of red rock surrounds you on the many walks the park offers. Not far from Death Valley, be sure to prepare for the heat.

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Alien’s Landing hosts one of the best views of the whole Bay Area. If you’re lucky, you might spot one of the mysterious UFOs that gives it its name.

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One of California’s more unique beaches: Oceano Dunes in San Luis Obisbo. Very fun to slide down, not so fun to hike back up the 100m high dunes.