Alumni Spotlight: Louise Killens


Louise is a physiotherapist who has been working for thirty years in the field of orthopaedics. She has volunteered over the years as a physiotherapist abroad.

Why did you choose this program?

I have worked with other volunteer health organizations and wanted to learn more about Me to We. I had been to India with Me to We and had done a build there among other cultural activities. I was hoping to have more experience in my professional field with this trip to Africa. A cache when you involve older individuals that are professionals is to tap into their expertise.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Much of the organizing was done online through the Me to We website, the program provider organized a few meetings and email reminders. The schedule was set by Me to We, via feedback of our program provider. I organized my flight on my own.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Me to We is more about empowering social awareness. There is only a 30% of the program which is actually volunteering. I would relate my experience as "volunteer tourism."

The average day consists of 70% social awareness, visits to schools and health facilities, as well as learning about the culture through the water walk and coming into people's homes. 30% was volunteering either through a build or hospital.