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Review for Child Family Health International, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

CFHI offers its participants a unique experience. In its intent it seeks to educate med students, pre-meds, PAs, nursing students, etc. on aspects of global health, as well as provide a firsthand opportunity to be immersed in the medical world in a variety of countries. It is extremely informative and allows the participant the chance to see the medical field from the most basic of levels and in the ruralest of areas to the largest of cities and most modern and professional of hospitals. Participants have access to some of the world's best doctors. Moreover, participants have the autonomy and freedom to immerse themselves in the culture and atmosphere of their respective program countries, which allows for the most thorough exposure and enlightenment of another country's customs, culture, people, food, travel, etc. Furthermore, accomodations are top-notch, and the participants' individual comfort, health, and safety are well-looked after. Finally, the people who choose to participate come from a very diverse range of backgrounds and life experiences, which only further enriches the particpant's individual experience in country. If a genuine learing and enlightenment opportunity is what is sought, CFHI is a natural choice.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The learning opportunity-- not just as a student, but as a human being. This nonprofit offers its participants an overwhelming opportunity to see a side of living far-removed from that which they enjoy at home. Participation with this nonprofit affords one the chance to truly become an empathetic humanitarian.

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

Ever amiable, helpful, positive, and optimistic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Invest, expand, create an endowment, and send more and more much needed medical supplies worldwide.

Ways to make it better...

The programs better catered to students' specific, medical interests within the realm of their program choices. For instance, a greater interest in surgery would coincide with a program experience centered more around surgical aspects.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Each country has its own idiosyncrasies and hierarchy for affecting change and progressing, expanding. The biggest challenge is in working towards that end.

One thing I'd also say is that...

As is true in all walks of life, you get back what you put in. CFHI gives its participants an amazing and unique chance to learn, grow, and change not only themselves, but those around them. If one chooses this nonprofit, he should not expect things to be handed to him and to just happen as described. Instead, he must go out and ensure that they do. The infrastructure is in place, but you have to be the one to get out of your comfort zone and jump in.

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Role:  Volunteer & Originally a participant, later a volunteer returning to the country to assist in the program's implementation.