And we’re off

March 19, 2012 —

After months of planning the day has finally come to take off on the trip of a lifetime. We boarded the bus at DMU on Saturday afternoon for a ride to Chicago’s O’Hare International airport. The six hour trek included a stop at the world’s largest truck stop, team bonding and many chapters of The Hunger Games being read. Our flights left in the wee hours of Sunday morning and routes through both Guatemala City and San Salvador were taken into our final destination of Tegucigalpa, Honduras.



Once we arrived in the country we were greeted by a group of Global Brigade staff and hopped on another bus to head to our compound in El Paraiso. The second bus introduced us to an important cultural aspect…the music. Being entertained by music videos for an hour and a half gave us a chance to pick up some possible Honduran dance moves.


After 20 hours of travel we arrived at the compound, had a fantastic lunch and explored the surrounding area. Tomorrow brings a full day of packing medications as well as visiting the local orphanage. Thanks for checking in on us! Talk to you soon!

Ashley Kent is a member of the D.O. Class of 2015 and a die-hard Cyclone fan. After graduating from Iowa State University she took a year off before starting medical school this past fall. When she is not studying she loves to hang out with her adorable puppy and watch Friends re-runs. A good afternoon nap always seems to make her day brighter. This is her first Medical Mission trip to Honduras and she is excited to keep everybody updated on their group’s activities!


  • Uncle Randy

    Hi Ashley! I’m Larissa Hoovers Dad’s brother in Chandler Arizona. We’re happy to see your blogs! Say “Hi” and give “Lacey” a hug for us!!!
    -Randy & Jan Hoover

  • Bernadette

    Glad you’ve all arrived safe & sound …. Enjoy….. We’re shoveling snow…. Momma kent and the boys Colton Tay and sirrus

  • Alexis Beinlich

    Gooooo DMU! Glad you all arrived safely and hope things are going well!

    !Que se cuidan y se disfruten muchisimo!


  • Terry Stone

    Very impressive crowd of talent! By now, I’m sure you’ve dug in and really gotten your baptism into the realm of tropical medicine. Our best to all of you, and our daughter-in-law, Trina!

  • Deb

    Looking forward to hearing all about your trip when you get back. Have a rewarding time helping others. Miss you, Ashley Kent!!