Volunteer in Peru: One cannot always measure the impact that your service has had on those you have served. That is the unfortunate part. However, it is what you feel from giving of your time and energy to those of less fortune and health.
Volunteer in Peru
1- How was the local ABV Coordinator/staff and the support provided in-country?
Maria Elena was helpful from the airport to directing me to my assignment locations. She often checked in on my progress and was helpful in assisting me with my travel and touring plans.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
Unfortunately, with a large teacher and medic strike, and the national independence week, I was unable to provide as much patient care as I would as wished, this was out the control of ABV but Maria Elena did her best to have programs for me. I was pleasantly surprised by the clean and comfortable room I was afforded. They were very gracious hosts, and the food served was delicious.
3- What was the most challenging thing you experienced?
- The lack of enough dental instruments and functioning equipment to be able to use, it was to be expected.
- Accepting the poor protocol practiced in infection control, regarding disinfection and sterilization.
4- Any tips for future volunteers…
- A command of the language is always helpful.
- Bring supplies, possibly to donate, i.e. instruments, disposables
- If visiting in winter, wear layers of clothes
- Carry hand sanitizer
5- Personal Paragraph about the experience (ABV Program Testimonial):
One cannot always measure the impact that your service has had on those you have served. That is the unfortunate part. However, it is what you feel from giving of your time and energy to those of less fortune and health.
Volunteer in Peru
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security, friendliness, quality others:
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?:
Program: Providing toothbrushes, floss and paste to the children at the orphanage and conducting a program on oral health care.
Host Family: Their graciousness.
Country: The colorful environment and pride in Inka tradition and culture.
8- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Sarah was always helpful and prompt, whether by phone or e mail.
9- What do you think about the reservation system online?
10- How did you find Abroaderview website (keywords, search engine, word mouth to mouth, recommended by .., other).
How I found out about Abroaderview was through the ADA Dentist Volunteer Website.