I volunteered with Volunteer Abroad GT for two months in 2018 (November-December) and 3 weeks in 2019 (January) in Antigua. I am a full time college student at Boston College, Massachusetts. To graduate BC, I needed to complete at least forty hours of an internship. I spent a lot of time researching opportunities online and found Volunteer Abroad GT fairly quick. I studied their web page and organization thoroughly and finally decided to pick the medicine program. I had always wanted to travel internationally and I felt that this was a good opportunity to travel and appreciate the different views of a new culture.
As soon as I applied to the program, I felt supported and valued. My personalized webpage outlined all the tasks I needed to complete before my departure as well as what to expect from my program. I was relieved to have a local staff member meet me at the airport after my travels. My host family welcomed me and instantly made me feel like a member of the house. My room was storage sufficient and nice. All food and clean water was provided. A local staff member met me Monday morning and gave me a tour of the town, my placement, and the staff office. At my work placement, I had flexible work hours. I rotated between family planning, curative, and maternal and child health. All of the staff members were welcoming and helpful in letting me be proactive in the clinic. I took weights, heights, blood pressures, blood sugars, interviewed patients, and assisted with six week checkups including vaccinations for babies.
There were plenty of opportunities to travel the country on the weekends.
The staff was helpful in answering any questions. Traveling abroad teaches one patience, resilience, confidence and problem solving. You appreciate what you have and it’s very rewarding to help those less fortunate. We may have a lot to give but they also have a lot to teach us in return. Overall, I would highly recommend Volunteer Abroad GT for volunteering/interning internationally!
What would you improve about this program?
The overall experience was great; I will definitely come back next year with a group of friends