The following was originally a guest post on New Relic’s blog.
Back in August 2004, I traveled to the Dominican Republic on my first ever short-term service trip to visit the newly opened CURE hospital in Santo Domingo. It was one of the first times I had ever encountered developing world poverty, and as anyone who has been on a similar trip will tell you, it changed me.
I was working as a software consultant for a cable company when myself and another friend in IT made the trip. We spent a week helping the hospital staff handle a few thorny issues, and even though we didn’t feel like we helped as much as we had hoped, the trip had a lasting impact - I saw the work of CURE with my own eyes, and, as a logical thinker and problem-solver, I understood the value proposition of what CURE could do for these kids with physically disabling conditions.