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Help Jessica help others

This fundraiser is to help a nursing student, Jessica Ybarra, make her way to Queretaro, Mexico for an experience of a lifetime.

She will be immersed in Medical Spanish classes, have guided tours of local hospital and/or clinics, and have 2 excursions: one overnight stay in Guanajuato and a day trip to San Miguel de Allende.

Note From Jessica:

I not only have a calling to help and care for the ill but I also have a burning desire to see nursing in action all around the world. I do not know where God wants me specifically, but I do know he has placed me here to help His people. This trip will be my FIRST to answer His call.

I am not able to fund this on my own because I am currently in my second semester of nursing school and only work 8 hours a week to cover my current expenses.

My thought is if everyone I know can contribute something I should reach my goal in no time.

I currently work at a hospital in Austin, TX and cross paths with patients from all walks of life and different cultures; the most common are those from Mexico. I am often asked to translate, but lack the ability to fully express the patient's concerns and worries about their illness because I cannot fully speak Spanish. This trip and class will allow me to better assist those who cannot communicate in English.

I hope to one day enter a patient's room carry a conversation in ONLY Spanish AND put them at ease when the doctors round. When I leave their room I want to know I did EVERYTHING I could to help and ALL of their questions were FULLY answered and communicated CORRECTLY to the doctor (or other staff members).

PLEASE help me achieve fluency in Spanish which will in turn allow me to live my dream of helping those that can't help themselves.

If you would like donate without using this site please feel free to contact me ( or 512-809-8333).


Jessica (Deca) Ybarra
ACC Nursing Student, HSC Scholar, TACHE Member, Capital IDEA participant

What happens if my goal is not met?
--I will return EVERY penny to those who donated

When does the class start and end?
--January 30 - April 9, 2012. The class is held Monday evenings from 6:30p-8:30pm

What are the dates for the trip?
--May 19-27, 2012

Will this interfere with your current course schedule?
--No, the course is held only once a week and the trip to Mexico is taken after the Spring semester ends.
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