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Review for Project Peanut Butter, Maplewood, MO, USA

Rating: 4 stars  

I volunteered for PPB in Malawian clinics for five months in college. I am impressed by the drive and integrity of the staff. The collaboration and respect between the American and Malawian scientists, doctors, nurses and staff worked well for the benefit of the clinic patients. PPB productively meshes metrics based scientific research and compassionate clinical care.

As a volunteer I was very well treated. Expectations for my behavior and responsibilities were made extremely clear by senior staff. I was given enough support in the beginning to learn how to be useful at clinic. With more experience in clinic my responsibilities were increased, but they were never overwhelming. Staff treated me respectfully, I felt appreciated, and I was welcomed into the team even though I was only in Malawi for a short time.

Facing patients and families whose medical and financial needs extend beyond what can be addressed by PPB was difficult for me emotionally, but should not be a reason to shy away. Returning to the U.S. after volunteering in Malawi was a jarring transition. I recommend that any volunteer who has not spent time in a resource limited situation plan a few days of recovery time after their return from PPB before they return to school or work to aid with reacclimatizing.

I continue to support the mission of PPB and follow the scientific publications made by its scientists. From what I saw during my time in Malawi money is fairly well managed, staff treat patients and volunteers respectfully, patient health is by far the highest priority, and the people in charge know what they're doing.

Role:  Volunteer