Skip to main content

Kandice Pardy

SFU Student Graduate
Health Sciences › Global Health
Work-Study

empty
Isabelle and Elisabeth in Nepal
“the most rewarding experience has been seeing how the changes we are making are already benefiting the clinic.”

Inspired to help others, SFU biomedical physiology and kinesiology students Elisabeth Avery and Isabelle Chan-Emery have spent the past several months working as medical clinic assistants in Nepal. The students are participating in a co-op work term with Friends of Shanta Bhawan, a non-profit medical outpatient organization serving rural communities without access to healthcare. Located in Kathmandu, Nepal the organization provides subsidized healthcare to over 30,000 individuals every year.

When asked about their experience with Friends of Shanta Bhawan, Isabelle says: “the most rewarding part so far has been the opportunity to exchange perspectives with the healthcare personnel at the clinic.” Being a student, it is typical for Isabelle to learn from others but since working with Friends of Shanta Bhawan, Isabelle says, she has had the opportunity to share what she learned in the classroom in a meaningful way. For example, “the nurses educated me on various techniques to administer a vaccination, but they were just as eager to learn a few tips I had on taking a more accurate blood pressure reading.” Elisabeth adds “the most rewarding experience has been seeing how the changes we are making are already benefiting the clinic.”As part of their work, Isabelle and Elisabeth have started a crowdfunding website to help Friends of Shanta Bhawan organize an annual pop-up health camp.

The health camp will provide free medical services to individuals who cannot afford even the subsidized medical services. The students aim to raise fifteen hundred dollars for the clinic with any additional proceeds going to the purchase of a much-needed new x-ray machine.

Beyond the Blog

  • Learn more about Friends of Shanta Bhawan here!

  • For more opportunities like Elisabeth and Isabelle’s, visit the SFU HSCI co-op page

  • Kandice Pardy Mar 8, 2019
    Like to recommend this item
    visibility  24

Author

Kandice Pardy

SFU Student Graduate
Health Sciences › Global Health
Work-Study

Posts by Author

Aerial view of students walking across pond in the Academic Quadrangle during convocation
Blog
Applying to Grad School? I Wish You Had Come Sooner

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.” This Chinese proverb inspired Kandice, a Public Health Graduate student, to share her tips on applying to grad school. Read Kandice's article to learn why you should start the process today!

multiple students during a class looking at powerpoint slide
Blog
Advice for Your First Year as a Teaching Assistant

Kandice, a Public Health Graduate student, never expected to be a Teaching Assistant (TA). But with the encouragement from family and friends who were former TAs, Kandice took the plunge. Now as her first year comes to a close, Kandice shares some helpful tips on how to have an enjoyable semester as a TA!

Person staring at laptop in deep thought or consideration
Blog
Applying to Grad School and the Conflicting Advice That Follows

In this article, Kandice explains the frustrating process of grad school applications, and the conflicting advice that inevitably surrounds it. However, there is a key take-away when applying to grad school: Read her article to find out what it is!

You Might Like These... Co-op Reflections, Professional Development, Career Exploration, Seeking, Work Term Extension

author, courtney, smiling
A Second Term in Government: More of the Same?

Having completed my first work term for Health Canada as a Communications Officer Intern, I was eager to try something new, and the government was not where I believed that was going to happen. That is until I was offered a position at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada...

picture of glichelle pondering a though
Surviving Workplace Politics

Ever been peeved with workplace politics? Have you ever been a victim of office politics? One student shares her experiences from the workplace with tips on how to survive.

 

person with their head in a book
Responsibility and Success

One of the most memorable parts of my time in co-op was the collection of accidents, errors, mistakes, and mix-ups that happened in the course of working in the laboratory.

 

Isabelle and Elisabeth in Nepal
library_books
Blog
Providing Free Healthcare to those in Need
Co-op Reflections, International, Professional Development, Community Engagement

On placement with Partnership for Sustainable Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, Health Sciences students Isabelle and Elisabeth decided to extend their contribution to a community in need and enrich their learning experience, by raising resources for a Free Health Camp.

You Might Like These... Co-op Reflections

Jennifer To
Laser Beams and Spinal Hygiene

Jennifer landed their first ever co-op placement as a Chiropractic Assistant and Laser Technician. Now, you may be asking what exactly is a ‘Laser Technician’ and how are lasers related to chiropractic? Moreover, what on earth does hygiene have to do with our spines and why is this important for rehabilitation? Read on to find out!

The author working with a physiotherapy patient
Extroverted Introvert: When You Love Helping People – But Not Too Much

While Katherine was seeking for her second co-op, she ofter wondered: "what kinds of jobs out there could make both my extraverted and introverted sides happy? Is there even a job that has a balance of both components that would allow me to thrive?" When applying to TeamWell Health, Katherine didn’t have many expectations, and surely did not expect that the job would be the perfect fit.

two women staring at a laptop screen having a conversation
The End of Round 2: Decision Time

After having had 3 interviews, Natalie realized that she would be happy with any of the jobs. Now, what does she do when two still are deciding, and one calls her and asks her to decide within 24 hours?