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Child Family Health International
January 15, 2013

Attending CFHI´s Dentistry and Oral Health Program in Quito, Ecuador gave me a very different outlook to health care. This program is by far the best volunteer abroad program out there. The advantage of being able to receive Spanish classes whether you´re a beginner or want to brush up on medical or dental terms in spanish is really good. I am currently on my last week here in the program and it has been quite an experience. The people I have met and got to know better, come from all over the states. Together, we all struggled to better our Spanish conversational skills and to fit in to Ecuadorian daily life.
My time in the dental clinic so far is truly an unforgettable experience. The opportunity to work under a dentist outside of the USA and to see how they perform dentistry is a unique experience. In the clinic, resources and materials are very limited! I am very glad that I brought gloves and masks here to Quito because I more than likely would not have been able to help assist the doctors without them. Being here has really opened up my eyes to appreciate the things I have back home. Using everything effieciently and effectively makes a difference here and when I get back home to the dental office I shadow, I will definately make sure I am using things efficiently-
The people here in Quito are very nice people. I always make sure I greet whoever I pass by with ¨Buenos dias¨or ¨buenos tardes¨. The cultural here in Quito is very beautiful. I am always opened to trying the different foods that the homestay prepares, which is ALWAYS DELICIOUS. My favorite thing to have here in Quito is the hot chocolate with cheese, which always has to be eaten together.
When I wasn´t at the homestay, dental clinic or the language school, the other CFHI members and I would explore Quito. A popular place to go out here is La Mariscal. They have a lot of dancing clubs, bars and restaurants. There are also many things to see here that you must visit during your stay in Quito like the el mitad de mundo. A great thing about coming to Quito, is that everything is very cheap, which is a good thing if you´re on a budget. Since my program is only 2 weeks, I have spent about $150 so far!
Because of CFHI, I have abroad experience in the dental field. CFHI put in a lot of time and effort to make this program a true successs. This program has opened my eyes to the different concerns, diseases, techniques and treatments that exist outside of the USA. I cannot thank CFHI as much for this wonderful opportunity. I highly recommend anyone thinking about attending a CFHI program to do so without any hesitations as I did!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Volunteer