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GayleH79

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Review for Shared Beat, Boerne, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In 2006, I spent 3 months volunteering in Guatemala with a program called Camino Seguro. The program works with families, primarily the children, that live in the Guatemala City Garbage Dump Community. I loved my time there and I was adamant about returning one day.

A close friend had volunteered with Shared Beat several times and encouraged me to go with her because she knows how much I care about Camino Seguro. Shared Beat goes to Camino Seguro as a medical team to provide health care to the participants of Camino Seguro. This past February, I was finally able to volunteer with Shared Beat. Of course, it was incredibly exciting for me to see many of the same children with whom I'd worked 5 years earlier. But Shared Beat offered me so much more than a reunion with Camino Seguro. As an interpreter for the medical providers, I had the opportunity to be part of a team that provided high quality, compassionate care to a very underserved community. We began the week of volunteering by seeing all the children that go to Camino Seguro. Then we began to see their parents and eventually, the clinic's doors were opened to the larger community. We also went to rural town, San Miguel, and delivered health care services there. I was astounded by the number of people we served - I believe it was around a thousand. Despite the large volume of patients seen, the doctors and nurses took their time with each patient to ensure they received proper medical attention.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have volunteered once with Shared Beat during one of their week-long volunteer trips. Shared Beat goes to go Guatemala twice per year, once in February and once in July. The biannual trips increase their ability to provide comprehensive care. Unfortunately, I can't return this July due to a prior commitment but I certainly plan to volunteer with Shared Beat again - hopefully in February '12!

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

Honestly, nothing.

Role:  Volunteer & Interpreter for a medical team providing health care in rural and urban Guatemala.