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Review for Child Family Health International, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 3 stars  

The program I participated in within CFHI was called "Sexual Health as a Human Right: Ecuador's Unique Model". As a person that studied business and minored in health, it was a great way for me to experience the administrative aspects of a health initiative on an international level. I had the opportunity of working with Copprende, an NGO in Quito, Ecuador. It was a great way for me to see how an NGO as well as health facilities operate differently than in the USA. It was really intriguing to learn how sexual and reproductive health was viewed in Ecuador. It was great opportunity to compare and contrast. I learned a great deal and it increased my cultural sensitivity on the subject.

The first couple of days were spent learning about the organization and about the larger organization that they are a part of called Prosalud Inter Americana. The majority of my days were spent traveling to universities, police or military schools, and health facilities distributing brochures. Sometimes it was assisting in the facilitation of a presentation/charla. On other days, I spent time in the office working on my contribution. It was interesting to see the reaction of others about the topics discussed to them during our outreach.

I had wonderful Spanish teachers and everyone noticed my improvement. The teachers were always patient and very helpful. I wouldn't have learned so much without them. I also lived with a great host family who were always interested in what I had to say. This particular program, Sexual Health as a Human Right, is a great program especially for those seeking a non-clinical experience.

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Role:  Volunteer