My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Child Family Health International, San Francisco, CA, USA
I had the fortune of travelling to Ecuador in February 2012 in completion of a month-long program called Urban and Rural Comparative Health. Overall, the experience was incredible and I learned a lot about how the nation’s healthcare system operates. I started in Quito and was able to work in a number of Ecuador’s public institutions, including the Pediatrics ward and Obstetrics ER at a major urban hospital. Two weeks later, I traveled to Chone, a modestly sized town, in the interior of the country, though much closer to the coast. Although the way medicine was practiced was different, major themes permeated throughout the experience as a whole.
Although learning about another country’s healthcare system was both interesting and eye-opening, I also had an amazing time interacting with the other volunteers and Ecuadorians we came in contact with. The homestays in both locations were awesome and gave me all the opportunity in the world to practice my Spanish, which I hope to continue using during my medical training in the U.S. I had the chance to appreciate Ecuadorian culture by partaking in it. For instance, I was in the country during their Carnaval—corresponding to our Fat Tuesday—which is a national holiday there.
All in all, I would recommend doing this program to any health professional student who’s interested in gaining clinical experience in diverse healthcare environments, improving his or her Spanish and having truly rewarding cultural exchanges.
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