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Child Family Health International
October 16, 2011

I participated in CFHI's Child and Maternal Health program in Pune, India this past August. As a premedical student, I had the opportunity to witness countless surgeries and medical procedures such as laparascopies, caesarian sections, abortions, and basic check-ups. In addition, I rotated between 3 to 4 physicians and healthcare settings such as hospitals and private clinics in order to give me a great breadth of experiences.
One of my favorite memories by far is shadowing a primary care physician in a rural area. This physician operated a government run clinic, which means that services and prescriptions are free to patients. I was amazed as I watched him treat patient after patient, moving far faster than any American doctor I had ever seen in that span of time. As a plus, it was breathtaking to walk amongst the mountains and witness the lushness that marks monsoon season.
My experience with CFHI reinforced my decision to work with underserved populations here in America. The mission of the program underscores my belief that global interactions between countries is necessary to help the world's most vulnerable people receive affordable access to healthcare services. I would recommend this program to a pair or group of friends to also best take advantage of the weekends for exploring nearby cities in India!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Operation Understanding DC
September 30, 2009

As a alumna of OUDC, I can honestly say that the organization provides its participants with a life-changing experience. Many programs seek to enlighten young people through intercultural exchanges and physical journeys, but OUDC truly excels at this goal. OUDC taught me lessons of pure history, how to spark intelligent dialogue, and the importance of recognizing cultural differences and similarities in order that we as a community can continue to move forward.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely dedicated to the organization and the young people that they seek to educate.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

MY ROLE:
Former volunteer & Member of Class 9.