Child Family Health International
November 3, 2013
I just finished a volunteer experience with the Child Family Health International organization at Oaxaca, Mexico. This experience was absolutely priceless. I stayed with a Mexican host family, which maximized my ability to learn Spanish during the experience, as their ability to converse in English was minimal. The hospitality (and the food) that the family provided me with was superb. The program was split between clinic time and Spanish courses (in addition to ample time for recreation as well). The language school affiliated with CFHI--Becari--had a great director who facilitated everything related to the stay, in addition to giving us advice on where to visit around the city, as well as tourist locations in Oaxaca. In conclusion, I had a great time in Oaxaca. I got to learn Spanish, primary care medicine along with differences between Mexican and US systems for medicine, as well as had ample time to visit various locations in Oaxaca which I thoroughly enjoyed. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
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Try to get students a more "hands on" experience in an inpatient/hospital/surgical setting, rather than a hands-off primary care setting, although the latter was also extremely beneficial.
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