Utah Valley Global Health Group

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MY SECOND MONTH IN RURAL MEXICO

Posted by chads on July 24, 2010

Another blog post from Carter Newey, a BYU student studying abroad in Mexico

Happy 4th of July everyone! I hope you’re all able to celebrate Independence Day in some way wherever you are, even though no one else around is. Reflecting on our country on its birthday, especially while living in Mexico makes me appreciate the things I often take for granted back home. Life here is so different but at the same time it’s easy to find similarities. It’s quite a contrast living in a rural village with nominal living standards 5 days a week and then coming back into the city of Irapuato on the weekends and find things like ritzy malls and American movies. I noticed some more of this American influence while in Guadalajara for our mid-semester retreat. I find it fascinating the way cultures can blend together in certain ways I never would have thought of before if I hadn’t been doing this field studies experience.
My second month here has good overall in terms of getting some of my coursework done and building relationships with people, but really slow in other ways such as getting my project going. I’ll touch on each of these things briefly.
There have been so many cool cultural experiences I’ve been able to be a part of. I’ve been to several parties (some of which lasted literally all day long!), school graduations, making tortillas, washing clothes for 3-4 hours by the river, playing basketball against very talented middle school kids, and watching the world cup games with fans dressed in their green Mexico soccer jerseys. I’ve also had a chance to teach several people guitar and English on a regular basis and it has been so much fun! I love being able to say and feel that I’m friends with these people as I’m building relationships with them. I just wish there was an easy way to keep in touch after I leave.
As far as the work is concerned, I had to wait a lot longer than I had hoped before getting IRB approval to get my project going. Only being able to use the internet on the weekends made the process even slower, and after getting everything all set up I’ve only just started my interviews, even though I’ve been here 2 months already. I was expecting to get going on interviews by the second week in Mexico so I definitely have had to adjust to that change in expectations. The couple interviews I’ve done so far have been successful and I have already learned so much as far as the health system in Mexico is concerned. From my own observations volunteering in the health center, along with what people have told me, healthcare here in the villages has improved a lot over the years but still has a lot of problems and isn’t where it should be. Until I feel like my results are conclusive I won’t talk much about them until probably next month’s blog, but I’ll just say it’s been interesting being aware of some of these issues and how it affects the lives of the people. I can’t wait to see what more locals have to say about it and what more I can learn the rest of my time here.
In the meantime, I’ve been doing a lot of coursework. My favorite things to do are the cultural proof activities (the writing part of it isn’t quite as fun). I’ve done all kinds of things from watching a pig get slaughtered for a little girl’s birthday party to picking up the handicraft of sewing cloths with flowers on them (sirvilletas) to wrap tortillas in. Sewing, cooking, and washing may be a woman’s job but I’ll tell you what. As far as I can tell, nobody challenges gender roles more than I do in the village. I figure it’s ok though since being one of the few white guys within hundreds of miles makes me weird automatically anyway. I find the extra attention and strange looks hilarious. I hope everything is going well for you wherever you’re at and that you will continually seek out cultural experiences. They can be a lot of fun!

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15 Responses to “MY SECOND MONTH IN RURAL MEXICO”

  1. Stop Sweat said

    It is really soothing to read your post. Everything is going fine here as you hope. And the line which you said that Independence as the birthday of a country is hundred percent true. Thanks for the post.

  2. Sounds like you are having a blast, although I’m not sure I could stand to watch a pig get slaughtered. I visited Mexico last Summer for a research position in the pharmaceutical industry and it was great fun, very hot though. Hope you continue to enjoy your time there.

    R

  3. Really nice article on fire risk, not very many good blogs out there about health and safety. I work in radiation protection training and have a special interest in fire safety especially as many of the delegates that attend our courses work within the nuclear industries; where for obvious reasons safety is paramount and highly regulated. I can’t knock the factual content of this blog but it does not say anything more than the management rags 99 and a cop. I am helping a friend run a business; he wants to know about the real world. How will this help him run his business, he cant relate to it, I have to interpret it for him.I had to wait a lot longer than I had hoped before getting IRB approval to get my project going. Only being able to use the internet on the weekends made the process even slower, and after getting everything all set up I’ve only just started my interviews, even though I’ve been here 2 months already. I was expecting to get going on interviews by the second week in Mexico so I definitely have had to adjust to that change in expectations. The couple interviews I’ve done so far have been successful and I have already learned so much as far as the health system in Mexico is concerned.

  4. cialis said

    We see some pyramids that are still standing and hear how some places have a lack of water. James A. FitzPatrick does his usual nice narration and overall this is yet another pleasant entry in the series. Some of the best moments happen early on in the fishing village as we see one young man climb up a tree, which was fun to watch. Running just under 8-minutes the film does a nice job at teaching us about some forgotten places and that alone makes this worth viewing if you’re a fan of the series.

  5. dear chads… your second month in rural Mexico had gone very adventurous,i suppose…this is first time m reading your blog & i found it very informative,catchy and interesting…seems, it was a nice experience for you in Mexico..and for me reading your blog..!!

  6. Mike said

    Thank you for posting this blog. Rural Mexico is a very beautiful place I hope the recent violence is far from where you are.

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  14. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I just love to see your post. It is a great one.

  15. teknokavun said

    Thank you for posting this blog. Rural Mexico is a very beautiful place I hope the recent violence is far from where you are.

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