There were a few reasons I chose Awaiting Angels. After researching several programs, this one seemed to have the most freedom and allowed me the most independence while still maintaining structure. I figured I would get the most out of this experience and have the most hands on experience as possible.
Why did you decide to volunteer with Awaiting Angels in Peru?
Describe your day to day activities as a volunteer.
Day to day once I got in my routine during the week I would walk to the bus stop and take a bus to work to arrive at 8 AM, and I would get a one hour lunch break and stay at the clinic until 4 PM, sometimes 5 PM if it was really busy. I was placed in many different parts of the clinic including vaccinations for kids, administering medicine to kids, working with cleaning and sewing wounds, taking vitals, etc. I was able to experience a little bit of everything.
How has this experience helped you grow personally and professionally?
This experience definitely gave me the confidence that I needed to secure my decision to pursue a career in the medical field. I love this sort of setting, and I am hoping to one day return to the clinic I worked at and be able to provide more help. I had such a positive experience while volunteering in this clinic, and know that this experience will shape my future and has impacted my entire view of the medical field.