While the NCCC nurses taught the Hondurans, they also learned.
"It was a great learning experience," Russell said. "You realize everybody has health care needs, no matter where you live or what you have."
"Every day you learned something new," he said. "You probably won't learn like that in clinical exposure in the United States. It gives you a greater appreciation for our health care system."
Subra went on a faith-based health care mission to Haiti a year ago. He discovered Global Brigade and went to Honduras with a group from the University of San Diego in January. Impressed with the program, he returned to the Ticonderoga NCCC campus and told others about it. "I just felt it would be a perfect opportunity for our small nursing program," Subra said. "We learned so much and we helped so many."
Other NCCC students have now expressed an interest in the Global Brigade program. Russell hopes to organize another trip soon.
"I really want to do again," she said. "I'd like to take other (NCCC) students and get some of the other professionals from our area involved. I had a great experience. I honestly can't wait to go again.
"I'd like to get as many people as possible involved," she added. "There's such a need. You need to experience it to really understand."