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Review for Paramedics For Children Inc, Rock Hill, SC, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I stumbled upon Paramedics for Children in September, 2008. Little did I realize my work with them would lead to a 5 year relationship. In the spring of 2008, I was in Honduras for a WHO training. Just by chance I took a 2 day trip to Copan Ruinas....One night, and I was in love. I ama Nurse Practitioner in Family Practice, and I knew I had a lot of skills and knowledge that would help the people, as well as myself. I went home and started planning my return, and not wanting to be part of a giant brigade, I came across Paramedics for Children. I worked in the clinic in the morning and studied Spanish in the afternoon. Some of the time I spent in the Aldeas delivering school supplies to hundreds of small children. I loved my experience so much I would go at least twice a year.
During that time, I met Silvana Ayuso, Vice President of Paramedics for Children, Guatemala. I began to expand into Guatemala where I began a one woman brigade to provide PAP smears to the under-served indigenous women in the high, rural mountains. With the generous donations of all the necessary equipment, along with Silvana, a nurse and a few women from the area, I was able to provide this service to more than 100 women. Some of these women had had 15 children, but had never had a PAP Smear. I have to say this experience was one of the best of my lifetime.
Additionally, I had the pleasure of working alongside the REDS Team from North Carolina doing a week specialty rescue training with the Guatemalan Military and volunteer Bomberos from around the country.
This year I have been able to fulfill a 40 year dream of serving in the Peace Corps, and I am currently a Peace Corps Volunteer for the next 27 months in Belize. Before I left, I was able to enhance the services Paramedics for Children will be providing in both countries. The Doctor I had worked for over the last 7 years was retiring and I was able to get her to donate the entire office to Paramedics for Children. Her extremely generous donation will allow Paramedics for Children to place small clinics, like the one in Copan, all over impoverished areas of Guatemala and enhance the services in Copan.
Without a doubt, once I complete my Peace Corps service, I will return to my, "volunteer roots" and Paramedics for Children. Because Paramedics for Children is a small organization, you have a huge chance to make a memorable impact, not only to those you serve, but for yourself. It is a life changing experience.

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