Overall this was the most amazing experience of my life. I am leaving a completely changed person. The activities were amazing, the people were unbelievable and the overall experience was life changing.
Starting with the med rotations, the best part was seeing actual surgeries being performed. It was amazing to see everything I have learned in school be put into practice. I also enjoyed going to the ER and learning from the tutors.
Next I also did an extra week to the Galapagos which was SO AMAZING. I highly recommend that if you are considering going you do. I had so much fun doing all the activities and for me the highlight was snorkelling with the animals. I didn´t think it was possible to see so many animals and get so close to them!
The tour around Ecuador was also so much fun! I loved all the places we visited and the activities were amazing! The highlights for me were the hike in Banos, the cable car in Banos, the hike in the jungle and the time spent relaxing in Canoa. For me I love to be active and do activities that involve adrenaline and thats what this trip provided!
Lastly, the volunteer portion was so humbling and powerful. I have never felt so much joy in my life then when I was working with the community and getting to know them. The highlight for me was just being with the people. They were the most grateful and hard working people I have ever met and they truly changed my life.
The downsides to the trip for me included the food, the internet access, and the case studies. The lunches especially were not that healthy and we often ate the same thing. The internet was not always reliable. This was not a problem during the tour because I was so busy with everything else that I didnt need my phone but during the med rotations it was annoying. Lastly, the case study was a little stressful. In the end I learned a lot from it and am glad I did it but it was not very enjoyable at the time. The other difficulty was the time. You really had to go with the flow and be patient because the times they told you were not always correct.
Although there were a few difficulties, I would still say that this is the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life. I would encourage anyone coming on the trip to just go with the flow and you will have a blast!