Friday, January 13, 2012

Feed Back , Medical volunteering

For the last three weeks I decided to step out of my comfort zone and volunteer in Faridabad India with AIM abroad. My first reaction off the airplane was complete culture shock of seeing a new country. I was so surprised by what I saw a part of me wanted to re board the plane back to India but now I can confidently say I am extremely happy to have stayed and had this experience. You learn so much each an every single day that every day truly feels like a week and every week feels like a day.

One of the most amazing parts of this experience was living with the host family. The amount of hospitality and kindness the host family displays became vital to help me cope with my new surroundings and feel comfortable. The host family is always working to make sure you are happy often going out of their way to sacrifice their own luxury to make you more happy. They help to work to make sure you accomplish all of your goals and constantly work to make sure you are safe and comfortable. As I traveled to various places in India I can easily say the best place I have stayed is with my host family. And I will guarantee if the family's kindness doesn't amaze you the food surely will.

While in India I was able to volunteer at a hospital, ambulance service and a afternoon slum school. In terms of the medical volunteering you are exposed to a completely different health care system that is shocking. It was amazing that I was only a college student and was able to sit in a c-section, gallbladder removal, urinary stone removal  and other various surgeries that even medical student in America would never be able to see. Aside from the medical exposure the  patient doctor interactions and cost of health care that I was exposed to gave me a unique perspective on my own health care system. Seeing this helped remind me why I wanted to be a doctor and helped show me how to truly help people.

Although I came for medical volunteering my experience in volunteering in the slum school was both surprising and amazing. Being exposed to people in India with the least almost taught me the most. To be hanging out with kids that are so happy to show you that they can recite the ABC's was mind blowing. While most kids in America are happy to receive a new toy these kids are just as excited to be picked up and tossed in the air or played with. On Christmas me and the other volunteers went to hang out with the kids which was amazing. We simply drew a Christmas tree on a blank piece of paper and handed them to the kids to color in. The awe and happiness the kids had over something so simple was sensational and something I could never forget. Being in the slums shows you the true strength of Indians and how people with nothing can have the same strength and greatness of the richest people in India.

Aside from volunteering the people you meet create friendships that are really amazing. Sharing such amazing experiences with other people make those just as unique and important as the experiences. At the end of such 3 short weeks I can confidently 100 percent guarantee that the people I met are life long friends and some of the friendships I will cherish for the rest of my life. I am writing this at the end of my experience and there is so much to say I feel like nothing I say can truly sufficiency express how amazing this experience was.

Take a chance and step out of your comfort zone to experience and unique and truly amazing world.

Medical volunteer USA

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