Serving villages in a variety of geographic regions throughout North Sulawesi.
Doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, and administrative volunteers come from all over the world to our program every year.
The mission of the Indonesian Health Initiative is to provide primary health care, early interventions, and health education to the people of North Sulawesi who are unable to travel or to pay for healthcare. A secondary programmatic goal is to inspire and create a learning environment for international healthcare workers so they may bring their experiences of Indonesia back to their country of origin and be better healthcare workers. Clinical participants gain experience with a team of international colleagues while working alongside local Indonesian doctors and nurses.
Led by Yanti Turang, RN, the team includes medical professionals from the USA and Australia. The participants travel through North Sulawesi to many different villages in coastal, mountainous, jungle, and island geographic regions. Working with the local community they provide multi day health care clinics, onsite referrals to local and regional medical facilities, and health and sanitation education to all ages. As the communities we service become better attuned to their health and gain access to sustainable health services, we seek new communities that require assistance father from district health centers. It’s a wonderful feeling to see a village get healthier every year and use the health education we provide to become a health sustainable community!
The aim of this project is to see rural Indonesians take an invested interest in their health, and create a brighter, healthier future for the communities we service.
patients assessed in 8 villages in North Sulawesi every year.
International clinicians from three continents have attended to our patients since 2012.
Founder / Executive Director / Registered Nurse
Born in Australia and now residing in New Orleans, she founded LTL in 2011.
Angel has been there since the beginning as one of our super dedicated translators. She usually ends up working with Chris, our maternal child health nurse as she’s pretty keen on holding babies.
Casey lives in San Antonio, Texas. She has been involved in LTL since the beginning and never imagined how far we would all come and how much LTL would grow. Casey is passionate about food and all aspects of nutrition.
Hailing from Chicago and living in Melbourne with a background in documentary filmmaking, Amanda is pursuing a degree in nursing.
Mental Health Coordinator
Based in Melbourne, Adam is a Registered Nurse, specializing in Mental Health. LearnToLive is the kind of opportunity he has dreamt about, working with developing countries to advocate, educate, and address mental health both locally and globally.
Coco has been translating with us since 2013, not only in the field but anytime we need to say something in Bahasa Indonesian, he’s totally on the ball and just an email away!
Midwife & Registered Nurse
Chris lives and works in Kyneton, Victoria. She never even considered volunteering overseas, but it has been a great experience. It goes to show we should always take every opportunity we are given in life. The work and the team is a great joy to be part of.
Indonesian Translator & Water Program Educator
Christian has been translating for us since 2012. Since then he has graduated from Universitas Negeri Manado and found a role teaching school children about clean drinking water and rain water catchment through our Water Is Life program.
Clinical Teacher: Global Student Health Program
Emily is from Melbourne Australia. After specialising in cardiothoracic nursing, Emily is now working in nursing education, training and teaching new nurses. She is keen to take primary health care global, helping those in need.
Psychiatrist & Medical Director
Erik has a strong interest in global mental health and choose to participate in LearnToLive Global to work collaboratively with the regional health providers to improve health education, eliminate stigma, and improve access to mental health care.
Leigh is a registered nurse from Melbourne who specializes in being totally awesome. He’s been with us since 2012 on our 1st Indonesian Health Initiative and expanded his reach to Laos by educating rural male populations about their reproductive health.
Doctor & Ultrasound Educator
Coming from New York, Marsia first joined us at our 2013 Indonesian Health Initiative and was so taken with us that she helped create the LTL SCAN ultrasound education program for 2015.
Doctor & Ultrasound Educator
Nicole joined us on our 2014 Indonesian Health Initiative clinics armed with an ultrasound machine and a mission to show people their insides. She’s since brough ultrasound education to clinicians in remote Mok Mai Laos with the LTL SCAN program.
International Program Director
Originally from Washington, DC, Rachel resides in New Orleans and specialises in Public Health.
Resident MD, Psychiatry
Ryan came on board to assist in mental health assessment in our 2014 Indonesian Health Initiative clinics and will be the pilot resident of the Tomohon Project in 2015.
Steph has been with us since the beginning, working with us in Indonesia, scouting locations in Laos and South Africa, and coordinating our Global Health Student program.
Indonesian Translator & Coordinator
Tessa has been translating with us since the beginning in 2012 and also coordinates our translating staff, as well as schooling our medical staff on the customs of the region. She’s also a musician, singer, and occasional Cultural Ambassador for North Sulawesi, you know, in her free time.
Tina’s been one of our translators since 2012 and we’re excited to work with her every year. She’s found a specialty translating for our mental health team.
Ronnie’s been translating for us at our clinics since 2014 and studied at the University of Queensland.
Waya studied linguistics ar Manado State University and has been a translator with us since 2013!
Filmmaker & Logistics Coordinator
Alex began his role at LearnToLive as Artist in Residence as 1/2 of Wandering Cameras. He has since expanded his role as an on the ground logistics coordinator for nearly every project LTL has created, while still shooting films!
Adminstrive and Development Director
Emily earned her degree from LSU where her work with nonprofits earned her a leadership scholarship.