Nurse Practitioner Student - An Experience of a Lifetime

Terra Menghini-Cox Start Date: Jun 1, 2018 - End Date: Dec 27, 2018
  • Uganda, Uganda
  • Jinja, Uganda
  • Mityana, Uganda
  • Entebbe, Uganda

My Travel Story

by: Terra Menghini-Cox Start Date: Jun 1, 2018 - End Date: Dec 27, 2018

In order to complete my Graduate Master of Science degree - Family Nurse Practitioner I need to take a Cultural Class or a Global Perspective Cultural Trip.  This Global Perspective Cultural trip to Africa will provide me with an opportunity to grow on a personal level and as a primary care provider.  Through Hope Without Borders I will be providing health care in medical camps, schools, and slums of Jinga, Mityana, and Entebbe.  We will also provide community and public health training, spend 1-3 days in medical camps, work at school in Mityana, work with Grandmothers Beyond Borders in Jinga, provide health education and packets for “The Red Elephant Project”, "The Blue Lion Project" and will experience a 2 day/1 night safari.

A former student shared her Global Trip experience to Africa, “Realistically speaking, even with the 1000+ people you will help see in the camps, clinics and schools, you will not be able to help everyone or solve their lack of access to health care, but here’s what you will do: You will inspire people, you will help people, you will shed sweat and tears for people, you will change peoples’ lives, but most of all, you will give people hope.  You will make a difference. So buckle up, grab hold of something steady (you will need to in the vans) and get ready, because Africa will change your life.”  

She inspired me to embrace this once in a lifetime experience to help others that lack access to health care.  

I am beyond excited and so grateful for this opportunity!  One of the ways to make this trip a reality is through fundraising.
Thank you for your generosity and support - it means the wold!

Terra Menghini-Cox

  • Uganda, Uganda
  • Jinja, Uganda
  • Mityana, Uganda
  • Entebbe, Uganda


  • 21 Days Until Departure!

    21 Days until Departure!
    Preparations for clothing, gear, fundraiser donations and packing party are in the works with the countdown in the final stage! With a 23 lb weight limit for 12 days worth of supplies it has been a bit of a challenge for me having never done this before. Thankfully, I have family that is well versed! I’ve needed to order clothing with antimicrobial properties, infused copper, wicking material, and quick dry so I can wear, wash, repeat in the summer weathe of Uganda. Initially I felt like it would be camping at Bond Falls, only those bags weren’t weighed and limited to my carry on. I will need a miners headlamp due to lack of lighting and electricity. A long skirt will be useful for the hole in the ground latrines. I will need a waist pack for my stethoscope and supplies while working in the field because we aren’t allowed anything on our back. It will be worth it to help others with their basic needs of survival. Fundraisers are still going. Donate $55.00 to support a family with 10 years of purified water. Donations for The Red Elephant Project - packs for 3 years to allow girls in mensturation to remain in school. The Blue Lions Project - packs with underwear and hygiene products for boys to instill self worth. Hot wheels cars or small non-battery operated toys or shoes for children.
  • Vaccination Destination Road Trip W Mom To Milwaukee

    Vaccination Destination Road Trip W Mom to Milwaukee
    0300 the alarm clock went off with the expedition to commence. 582 miles later = Immunization Encounter A Success! I even got a few bonus vaccines! Apparently, I know I should've known this - I've never had the meningococcal Vaccine?! Also, even though I had the polio vaccine as a child I needed to get another one as an adult. So in addition to the anticipated travel counseling I found myself receiving:
    -Meningococcal Vaccine (inactivated)
    - Polio Vaccine (inactivated)
    - Typhoid Vaccine (inactivated)
    - Yellow Fever Vaccine (Live)
    I have to say, I've had many immunizations over the past 44 years but to my recollection, I've not had 3 in one arm. I now have a renewed empathy for the patients I've done that too! Yes, my arm was sore by the end of the day yesterday and this morning. It has lessened with use, graining the horses at my parent's farm and as the day has gone on.

Adventure Registry

  • McDonald’s Happy Meal Toys

  • Children’s Book