"I think my time volunteering would best be spent with childcare and development. I would love for a placement in India. As far as why, without it being too lengthy, I can't remember a time in my life when I didn't want to go to India. As a child my favorite report choice if available to me was Gandhi. My own childhood was unstable. Books, art, my teachers and figures of great heart and perseverance were my idols. Never did I look to a pop-star for inspiration, instead it was people like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi. A stable, warm, encouraging environment is crucial to a child's overall development and I've found over the years that I shine in this area. I'm at my best when offering strength to others. When you come up in a severely poor family as I did (as many of India's children do) you tend to grow up too fast from the responsibilities allotted to you at such a young age. Your chances for growth are stiffened. It certainly isn't fair to the child, and without some form of guidance it's far too easy for them to fall through the cracks. I've seen it happen close to home and abroad, but if I can lend a hand in improving the lives of such kind creatures then I pretty much have to.
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Dates: 2/9 to 4/5/15 - Volunteered at: Clinic, Hospital
At the program: Volunteering at the hospital gave me a whole bunch of trauma related surprises on a daily basis. At the clinic I was treating infected wounds, diabetic ulcers, taking out sutures, ear irrigations, and abbess draining. Seeing such a wide variety of patients was defiantly mind blowing. At the hospital, the Emergency department was defiantly busy and I had the opportunity to learn how to suture, treat and manage gunshot wounds, fractures, and triage. I was fortunate enough to visit labor and delivery for a small rotation and was allowed to participate in a delivery. Also, I found a lot of the interns to be around my age and got along with them very well. I even found myself hanging out with them outside of the hospital. A lot of the interns spoke English as well which I saw to be helpful to the other volunteers who did not speak Spanish. There was one weekend where we were a part of a medical brigade in Sambo Creek. This was another great experience where we were providing care to people who could not make it out to the city. Here I assisted dentists in tooth extractions, and again found everyone to be very open to teaching in informative.
At the accommodation: I felt very at home since the day I came here, as if I were an extended part of the family.
About the country: Not that it was a major surprise, but the community here is very loving and welcoming.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
At the program: The lack of funding and supplies for medical treatment.
At the accommodation: Everything went pretty smoothly.
The country: Again, lack of government funding for social services.
4- Any tips for future volunteers…
Clothing: Mostly lightweight clothing.
Donations: Anything helps really. Gloves, sterile gauze, syringes, etc.
Weather: Hot and humid, but can be a little chilly some nights
4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- Be open minded! Things may not be on time or run as smoothly as planed so just go with the flow.
b.- Try to learn the language.Even if you sound silly the effort is appreciated
c.- Plan weekend trips ahead of time. Theres a lot to do and time goes by quickly.
d.- Have a budget. Although some things are cheaper here, money can go by VERY fast especially if you're having fun.
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial), don’t leave blank:
This trip was absolutely far beyond what I would have imagined. My experience was very hands on and I learned everything from cast molding to sutures. The staff in the hospital was very helpful. I would highly recommend knowing at least some Spanish lessons.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security:
I felt right at home with my home stay. The meals were different but defiantly tasty. There weren’t any moments were I felt unsafe or uncared for.
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: Doing patient follow ups and seeing how grateful they were for my service in their country.
Country: Utila is the craziest, most fun little island and having a mini vacation where I learned how to scuba dive in one of the best reefs in the world was the best experience!
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling? Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): Very helpful. I felt well prepared for my trip. There were plenty of emails about what to bring, where I would be staying, who I would be staying with, etc. While I was here, the coordinators from home were in contact with me in regards to how the trip was going.
Website Information: Very helpful.
9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
10 – Can you tell us how did you find or know about A Broader View?I was interested in finding some medical volunteer experience abroad in order to apply for a program that I was interested in. When conducting a Google search, I found a few different organizations that could offer that opportunity. I choose ABV based on its nonprofit status, positive reviews, and how it fit within my budget.
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1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
Everybody was excellent. Everyone was supportive and ready available at any time. I felt very comfortable with everyone as if I as with extended family.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced? Name 2
Program: How patient the girls were with me in speaking Spanish. If I didn’t learn a word, they would teach me or look it up in the dictionary for me.
Host Family: How at home I felt in another country.
Country: Cuy! (guinea pig) I have to try it.
3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced?
Program: In all situations, my lack of Spanish speaking was my greatest challenge.
4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)
1. Wear sunscreen.
2. Set aside some time to practice some Spanish before coming.
3. Always carry your passport with you.
4. If you bring donations, be sure the appropriate people know about it, so they get to the right people.
5.1-Other things volunteers should know before coming here:
(thats not in the orientation guide)
I’m sure it’s already there, but keep open an mind and take advantage of your time here.
6- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):
This trip for me was the perfect combination of travel and volunteering. I loved the time I spent at the girls orphanage, as well as the time I spent traveling and exploring the country. It was great.
7- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others:
Ana Maria and Dante were the best host-family I could have asked for. I truly felt like I was with family during my stay with them. Everyone I met here was extremely friendly and patient with me as I learned Spanish. I absolutely liked my time in Peru, Cusco. I walked often and haven’t felt unsafe at any time.
8- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:
Program: The time spent with the girls at the orphanage, it was all my favorite.
Host Family: Family meals with Dante and Ana Maria. Spanish lessons with Ana Maria
Country: Machu Picchu and daily walks.
9- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Emails were always answered within the day and there was always some one available when I called.
9.1- What do you think about the reservation system online?
Everything was easy and efficient.
9.2- Who did you find Abroaderview website (keywords, search engine, word mouth to mouth, recommended by .., other)
Search in Google.
10 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
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