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Julie

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Review for The Tandana Foundation, Spring Valley, OH, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been on two 'service vacations' with the Tandana foundation. I don't like the fact they call it a vacation. It's true that our accomadations were very comfortable, our food was also excellent. (I have gone on other medical missions, and slept on cots in warehouses...frankly I'm over that.) I am a physician and I can tell you I worked hard! We did usually have a few free hours in the afternoon, and usually went on hikes in the mountains. Anna, the director of Tanadana, is a phenomenal woman. Her main priority is bringing excellent healthcare to the indiginous people of Ecuador, and she accomplishes this through an unusual sensitivity of the native people, along with a lot of hard work. We saw a wide variety of patients, lots with chronic problems like arthritis and hypertension. We were usually able to give them enough medication to last them until the next Tandana visit to their villiage. These patients are a delight to treat, they are grateful for whatever we can do for them. They are also open to education, and non-medicinal suggestions.

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

The patients excellent results, and the ripple effect this has on the community.

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

Not do nearly as good a job as Anna.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The indiginous people of Ecudor.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, intelligent, open-hearted.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help more people in Ecuador, Mali, etc..

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finances

One thing I'd also say is that...

I want to volunteer for every Tanadana vacation.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

Role:  Volunteer & As a physician I treated patients who did not have other access to care.