My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for ASAP (Americans Serving Abroad Projects) , Marcellus, NY, USA
One day my patient was telling me that she could see me going on a mission trip and she had a friend who actually organizes these trips to Ghana to provide medical care for the villages because the people there did not have the care available to them. She also told me about the passion and love this woman had for her project and for the people of Ghana. So she had me and I immediately asked her for the contact information. That day I applied for my first mission with ASAP! That day I was slightly nervous because this would be totally out of my comfort zone. But the thought of all the people I might be able to help in anyway was exciting and I couldn't wait to go the closer we got! Well the day came and we left and all those things that had constantly gone through my mind weeks before about helping people and about what a great experience this would be were real and it was Literally the best experience I had ever had in my life. We helped so many people far beyond what I had imagined. This project had both medical and education volunteers, so that allowed us to help even more people-Especially children! So when they weren't getting a wound cared for or a provider visit, the education team was helping to both educate and play with the children while also assisting the teachers with ways to improve the education in the future. Laurie (ASAP leader) also put together events to raise money throughout the year in order to get tablets and supplies for this trip! Which she does every year☺️‼️ I could sit here and write all day, but the mission that I went on was not at all what I expected. I expected a one time experience with great benefits to others for my two weeks out there. As I write this part I begin to cry because what I got myself into was so much more. I not only helped people in ways I could never do on my own but I met some of the most amazing people while doing this, both from Ghana and from here at home. This mission has truly changed me and while I say I have helped so many while I was there the one person I never expected to gain from this was myself! It's hard to explain but I will never be the same and it's an amazing feeling. I will also be going back! I would literally leave tomorrow if I could. Everyday I wake up I think about how I'm gonna swing my next mission. This project with Lauri and the other amazing volunteers guided me through my first mission and provided me with the knowledge and love I needed to be successful while doing it. I would say if you adversity searching for a particular mission with the intent to give yourself for a few weeks in order to help others then this is the way to go! I will definitely be going back as much as they let me lol!!