Healthyouth

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I was a volunteer intern on the Heathyouth Clinical Medicine and Public Health program in Peru (Summer '13). In a word, the experience was life-changing. This program not only offers its interns an incredible opportunity to actively participate in the operations of local clinics and hospitals, but also the chance to design and lead health education programs. I worked in a small clinic in Huari with several other volunteers, and there we had the chance to assist with the daily demands of the clinic, tour the local schools for vaccination campaigns, and even lead an anti-parasite program to take action against the endemic infections that plague the area.

Outside of the clinic, our group of about 20 volunteers were split into local homes, hosted by wonderful families. Even now, I am still in touch with my host brother and sister. The main family, Eli and Neto, are equally wonderful, and very supportive of the volunteers and their work. They provide daily Spanish lessons for all volunteers (divided by level) and also plan several cultural trips for the group to the Peruvian jungle (not the Amazon), an Andean glacier, and several other fascinating sites in the Altiplano region.

Finally, I can not say enough about the wonderful time I had working with my fellow volunteers and the trip coordinator. Everything was well-run and organized, and I never felt unsafe or poorly taken care of. Our group grew exceptionally close over our 5 weeks together, and we are all still in touch today. After completing my internship, I came home knowing that my experience had undoubtedly changed my perspective of medicine and health, and that it would surely leave a lasting impact my professional development.

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Posted: September 29, 2014
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By: jresnik
Age:
23

Healthyouth is a unique program that allowed me to be culturally immersed in Peruvian life by living with host families, contribute to local communities for medical and educational purposes, and visit historical and natural landmarks....all at an incredibly affordable rate. What I loved most about working at a medical clinic in Huari, an impoverished sector of Peru, was that I was able to witness medical care firsthand and be involved with educational health programs for young children and their families. Healthyouth also arranged some incredible trips during our down time, including excursions in the jungle, a glacier hike, and visits to ruins. Although I have traveled to other Latin American countries, the amount of activities and lessons that Healthyouth provided is unmatchable by any other program.

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Posted: September 29, 2014
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By: worldlya
Age:
22