Alumnus Leland Hubbard Working Abroad in Zambia with the Peace Corps
Leland Hubbard recently found himself sitting in the Peace Corps Medical office in Lusaka, Zambia receiving a round of post-exposure rabies vaccines. This is far from Montana, but the Franke GLI equipped him with the skills necessary to take on work so far from home.
After graduation, Leland became a CNA doing case management for children living with various disabilities. He encountered speech, occupational, and physical therapies often during his work as a CNA, and started the application process for the Peace Corps. Once he was accepted, he found himself working in the health sector of the Sub-Saharan country Zambia. There he lives in one of the 19 villages which make up the community his project benefits. This community relies on a single rural health clinic with two primary staff members, neither of which are doctors, and around twenty volunteers from the community. As part of his living area, Leland has a grass-covered shelter for bathing, and a three-brick arrangement for cooking meals over a fire. "Zakudya yaku America!" He explains what he’s making in the local language.
Leland attributes some of his ability to adjust to life in another country and meaningfully assist people to his experience in the Franke GLI program. There’s a difference between “travelling” and “TRAVELLING,” he says. “By this I mean true integration. It is the only way to both solve the global issues confined in cultural context (including our own) and harvest the in-commensurable richness of a cultural exchange. It is in this way I choose to explore the vibrancy of our planet and its people. Seeing and working with first hand suffering, and more so the happiness that people find in the face of it, I can say with confidence that the work [Franke] GLI is capable of is needed now more than ever. Not because suffering is all the sudden more abundant, but because of the unique position this generation finds itself -- a rare window of time to make meaningful impact has presented itself; at home and abroad. And in this we must not seek gratitude from the people we aim to aid nor the merits of our institutions, but be grateful to those bravely suffering their sufferings.”