The concept of trying to understand the basic needs in undeveloped or developing nations was a major influence in motivating Ryan to study acupuncture. It became a goal to for Ryan to try to take the medicine to the people who are in the most need of it. Due to acupuncture’s versatility, and adaptability to various environments, Ryan was able to participate in several medical assistance programs as both a teacher and a practitioner.
In 2006 Ryan traveled to Guatemala to participate in the Guatemala Medical Acupuncture Project (GUAMAP). This was invaluable experience in learning how such a program is developed and how it operates on a more profound level.
More can be read about this project at: www.guamap.net
In 2010 Ryan was invited to assist in the development of a similar program in Mumbai, India. However, this program with Barefoot Acupuncturists was in its infancy. Ryan was pleased that he could contribute to the development of the curriculum for some local
students, and also in the day-to-day operations of the low-cost slum clinic. More can be read about this project at: barefootacupuncturists.com/
In the future Ryan plans to continue to contribute to these types of projects. He welcomes any questions and also any offers to support their development.