ELIabroad Experiential Learning International

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I chose to do my medical volunteering in Vietnam for 3 weeks in the city of Dalat. I went during winter of 2016 and the weather was in the 65-70s with no humidity, unlike Ho Chi Minh City. The experience was amazing and I was able to learn a lot through clinical work at Pasteur. The staff is very friendly and allow students to be hands on with their learning. During my short 3 week stay, I was able to perform blood work, administer vaccines, and sit in on ultrasounds. After work, it was time to explore the city and find good eats. Dalat is a great location for the volunteering experience. This program helped me realize my passion for the medical field and what I want to further pursue. I would definitely recommend the program to anyone who is interested and hope to come back for a 6 week program in the future! It was very fun.

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Posted: January 23, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10
By: Luongh1
Age:
20

I wanted to have an international experience and combine it with an internship in Public Health. I ended up going with ELI to South Africa, Malissa at ELI arranged for me to intern with a professor who is well known in the field. I ended up helping with her research, entered data for a study she's working on, and did some of the writing. As result, the professor will list me as a co-author! She even invited me to a major international conference, where I met key Public Health officials from around the world.(Contacts!) I lived with other volunteers and interns at a group house, and that was amazing. We hung out at night and on weekends. Some of them traveled together, but I went on my own to see Victoria Falls and on a safari in Botswana. The research I did in Cape Town will be the basis for my thesis, so yes, I'd recommend ELI and the Cape Town internships. Totally worth it!

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Posted: December 3, 2016
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10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
23

Terrific trip with wonderful opportunities for seeing the most beautiful locations in the world. The staff was very friendly and accommodating for the entirety of out trip!

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Posted: August 26, 2016
Overall:
8
Support:
10
Value:
7
By: jzaid21
Age:
24

From the beginning, I felt that I had a lot of support from the ELI team in the United States. Not only do they provide an extensive pre-departure packet, I felt very comfortable calling them a number of times with questions/concerns and was always promptly informed and reassured.

One of my main concerns in going to Kenya was safety. Rosemary provides a VERY safe and secure home where my worries were quickly forgotten. Not only was it safe, it was also very well kept and in a good location for getting to anything you would need. I felt that Rosemary did a good job of orienting me to Nakuru and made sure that I felt comfortable in getting to my project.

During my time in Nakuru, I worked as a volunteer at the Provincial General Hospital. As another volunteer stated a few years ago, you cannot come expecting to have your hand held throughout the process. ELI places you at the hospital but it is really your decision as to how you want to utilize your time. The first few days were a bit stressful as I didn't know anyone; however, after making an effort to get to know the staff they really went out of their way to be accomodating. As a pre-medical student, I was able to do things at PGH that I never would have imagined being able to do in the United States. I was taught how to start IVs, give IV pain medication, give injections, assist in vaginal deliveries, and assist in surgery-to name a few. The hospital staff and medical students made sure that I was learning and getting good hands on experience. My biggest suggestion would be to not be afraid to ask to do things. If you do this, there is no way you will be dissatisfied with your time at PGH.

Overall I am leaving VERY pleased with my time in Nakuru- thank you ELI Abroad!

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Posted: December 11, 2013
Overall:
10
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10
Value:
10
By: hoslerl
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I volunteered trough ELI for 4 months an I am very happy with my experience.
First of all it was the only affordable program that I found, their prices are the best, and after meeting volunteers that came with other organizations, I can say that you get pretty much the same benefits for less than half the price.
From the very first moment I felt supported. I arrived to Kenya two days after the fire in the airport; my flight was delayed and then I had to wait for my luggage (that didn't showed up but a week after my arrival), I was very worried that nobody would be waiting for me because I wasn't sure that the program coordinator was getting my e-mails, but they were there, which was a great relief.
I went to Nakuru a day after and felt very welcomed by Rosemary (house-mom and program coordinator) and other volunteers. The house is beautiful, and has all the facilities volunteers can need. It was kept clean at all times, the rooms are well furnished, as well as the bathrooms and kitchen. There was a TV and DVD in the living room for volunteers to watch movies and hangout.

The project I worked at was Gabriel Learning Center in the Kaptembwa slum, which is the biggest slum in Nakuru. My responsibilities were of all kinds, from being in the classroom with the children, to sorting beans for their meals. I also got to go to the new building site and help in the construction process, which I really wanted to do because I am an architect, so I was very thankful that they made that happen.

With a 4 months stay I also got to travel a lot around Kenya and East Africa. Rosemary organized some safaris and helped me and other volunteers to plan our trips. I cannot thank her enough for organizing safaris and bus rides for friends and family that came to visit. That was very nice of her, without her help they wouldn't have make it!!

I just want to thank ELI for having such a great and affordable volunteer abroad program, to Rosemary for being so helpful and taking care of me, and to Gabriel's for welcoming me into their family and making these 4 months and unforgettable experience!!

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Posted: December 10, 2013
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10
Age:
26

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