My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Shared Beat, Boerne, TX, USA
I am a general pediatrician with an interest in the health of children in developing countries. I have volunteered previously with other medical teams in Honduras. While those were also good experiences, I felt those previous trips mostly benefited ME. Those were vacations, and were meaningful, but when I left, I knew that there would be a gap of months before another team arrived. Hardly a comprehensive medical program.Not so with Shared Beat. This program has more sustainability than any I have ever seen. Basically, the children at Camino Segura have a pretty comprehensive health care program. There are nurses in place year round, a Guatemalan doctor who works one or two afternoons a week. We swoop in, en masse, twice a year to do physicals (twice a year on those under five years of age and once a year on older kids), provide medicine for worms, vitamins, medicines needed chronically, such as inhalers. This is an intensive intervention for the children whose parents are scavengers in the city dump. WE also travel to outlying communities, such as San Miguel to do some evaluations, in cooperation with other NGOs and the community health worker. It is evident that there is a huge diffierence in the health, hygiene and well being of those in the school, who have a more comprehensive system, and those in hthe outlying community. How amazing that the children who come from such a disadvantaged background that it is hard to imagine are taking advantage of the opportunity to go to college.Antoher really nice perk is that we say in a relaxing hotel in Antigua, which is a lovely tourist town about 30 miles away. So after a hard days work, you can come home to a pleasant coutyard and amazing food. The coordinators have been to Guatemala City in excess of twenty tmes, and are great at getting everthing organized so that we make great use of our time, and have a good time too.
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Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Definitely introduced me to new friends. I loved seeing them again the next year.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Useful. Yet I didn't have any trouble re-assimilating back to my family in the US, as so frequently happens when people return.