Malia Reis, a registered nurse and public health nurse, said her biggest contribution to the team is her wide range of experience and knowledge in the field.
Malia currently works as a case manager at Scripps Encinitas hospital. She has also worked for insurance companies, various hospitals, the Los Angeles Board of Education as a school nurse and the Visiting Nurses Association as a home health nurse.
"I am going because I enjoy working with people who do not have the resources to get proper health care," she said. "I like to educate people about health issues to help them stay healthy, get healthy or prevent them from getting ill in the first place."
The Nicaragua trip will be her first medical mission. She heard about the trip from a coworker.
Malia said she is most looking forward to working with people in another country and culture different from her own.
"Hopefully I will gain a perspective from another culture and be more sensitive of their needs," she said.