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Child Family Health International
July 23, 2013

I had a WONDERFUL experience through CFHI in the Amazon Community and Indigenous Health Program. Through this program, I had the opportunity to volunteer in hospitals throughout urban, rural, and indigenous areas of Ecuador. I met and worked next to a range of different physicians who all took their time to explain different illnesses and treatment options to me.
During my second week, my CFHI group hiked 7 hours in to the Amazon jungle to live with the Shuar community. It was one of the best experiences of my life. They taught us how to cook, hunt, and use medicinal plants. I became close friends with the Shuar leaders and their children. A few weeks later we had the opportunity to volunteer at a small community clinic in Pituriska (the closest town to the Shuar). Everyone in the community had relatives in the Shuar and spoke the native language. We had the opportunity to visit nearby homes and schools to deliver vaccines and do new-born check-ups. It was a wonderful way to get out into the community and learn about how local families live.
I learned a lot through this experience and wouldn't trade it for the world. I know now that I want to become a primary care physician that works in low income areas. I also hope to continue providing medical aid abroad. We shadowed American missionary physicians for one week and saw the difference they made in the lives of their patients. Ecuadorians traveled hours to be seen by these doctors. I hope one day to have the same impact as these physicians.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

spend more time living with different Shuar communities.

More feedback

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?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

MY ROLE:
Volunteer