Student of volunteer in El Salvador |

Student of volunteer in El Salvador

Ever since she was a little girl, Desirae Soto has dreamed of traveling abroad to help others in need.

“While I was growing up in Mexico, my family was very poor,” she said. “But my mom always told us that there were always people worse off than we were, even if we didn’t have any food or any shoes.”

As she got older and moved the U.S., she witnessed the truth of that statement through images of suffering on her television screen, which only reinforced her desire to find a way to help others.

In a little over a month, the Sierra High School senior’s dream will come true, when she will spend nine days in El Salvador with members of the High Sierra Chapter of “Los Medicos Voladores”, or the Flying Doctors, helping translate, as well as providing care to those with medical needs.

The Flying Doctors is a group that flies teams of much-needed medical supplies, physicians and other healthcare providers into Mexico and other nations.

Every other month, The Flying Doctors sends groups to a different small village to set up medical and dental clinics for a weekend.

Soto said she first learned of the group when her younger sister’s preschool held a tamale sale fundraiser for the organization.

“I had told my mother that this was something I wanted to do someday, but I wasn’t even sure if she was listening,” Soto said.

She was though. Later, my mother talked to a woman at the preschool about the program and things went from there.”

Soto said she is looking forward to this experience, even if she just gets to watch the doctors at work.

“One day, I hope to go to medical school and become a doctor myself, so that I can do the same thing that these people are doing,” she said.

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