The Mysterious Medicine of Rarotonga

Rhiannon Coffey Start Date: Mar 20, 2018 - End Date: Jul 19, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Intern Abroad
  • Cook Islands

My Travel Story

by: Rhiannon Coffey Start Date: Mar 20, 2018 - End Date: Jul 19, 2018
  • Cultural Exchange
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Intern Abroad
Hi, my name is Rhiannon Coffey, but just call me "Rae" since that's a lot simpler. I have been accepted for an internship abroad on the island of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands due to my background as a medical anthropologist (in-training). I will have the opportunity to speak with the last remaining medicine-man/shaman of the indigenious peoples of the Cook Islands and intend to learn from him about various medicinal plants, as well as foods that are used for medical treatment. 
This is a great chance that I have been given since there are not many opportunities for people going into the cultural anthropology field to get internships or field schools, especially medically related internships. So not only will this internship to Rarotonga give me the skill set I need to become a great anthropologist, as well as field experience, it will also provide me the chance to become a published author, which is valuable for an up-and-coming scientist to get experience with. 
I want to be part of this research team so much since it will be the first time I've gone outside of the country and I will actually be contributing to a research project and be part of a research tream.
You know, when I was a kid I used to watch Animal Planet documentaries along with National Geographic and Discovery before they all became ladden with reality TV. I have always wanted to be like the scientists in those documentaries and now I have my chance, so please help me achieve my dream. 
 



  • Cook Islands