Honduras

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Everything operated as planned. ABV was very efficient in providing all the information I needed to know. The Honduras coordinator was my host and made sure everything ran on time, and that I was always taken care of. If he wasn’t available to escort me somewhere, his son, Heber, was present. My orientation to the hospital was smooth and efficient.
They were extremely caring and welcoming. His wife, Jackie was so kind and an incredible cook. He connected me with a family friend, Henry, who took me on a hike through the jungle during one of my days off of work at the clinic (highly recommend). I was also provided Spanish lessons from his niece, who was a wonderful and diligent teacher.
The hospital was a great experience, as I was able to interact with several HIV patients, as well as their staff. If you plan on going to La Ceiba, try to bring as many medical supplies as you can.
Keep in mind that it is a third world country, so don’t be shocked when you can’t drink the water or flush toilet paper. I highly recommend taking some time to go on a hike during your off days or going to a beach to explore the country’s natural beauty.
If you work in healthcare and are wanting an overseas clinical experience, I highly recommend ABV. They are efficient, organized, and take great care of you. I literally didn’t have to organize anything besides my flight. It was probably the easiest trip I’ve ever had to plan for because everything was taken care of by ABV. Be prepared to be immersed in the culture, and have a life-changing experience.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Sep 21, 2019
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I wish I had been able to stay for longer and bring more supplies for the Hospital and Clinic. I was impressed with the connection Abroaderview has arranged with the local hospital. This is a unique volunteer program. I knew I would not be able to change the way healthcare works in La Ceiba, but still it was very difficult to see things that so easily could be improved just by some logistics, more education, and better supplies. I am now thinking of ways I can help Honduras in the future. I Appreciated the unique opportunity to travel to La Ceiba with my daughter before she begins college and introduce her to another culture and climate and a very different way of life and level of health care. The local coordinator and all the people associated with him that we interacted with all placed a high priority on our safety. He only used cab drivers that he knew and has worked with many times. He checked in with us frequently and checked in with our host family and interpreter when he present with us to make sure we were making safe decisions about where to go and how to get there. I was surprised to say that the donation supplies I brought ended up being a highlight. I brought many things used for surgery here in US, things that were extra or leftover or expired or no longer sterile. They were excited! And fascinated by many things they have never seen. I brought one very fancy dressing for a wound. The head nurse immediately sent us to a post op patient and had us clean her wound and apply it. And wished we had more.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Oct 26, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Aug 17, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Aug 10, 2018
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

Volunteering to provide medical and dental care in La Ceiba Honduras was one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences of our lives, I volunteered with my father. The people there really need the care and the equipment that we donated. It was also rewarding for my father to be able to perform and teach some extremely useful oral & maxillofacial surgical procedures on the patients and doctors working in the clinics.
The local coordinator Rafael was extremely accommodating making sure we were well taken care of throughout the entire duration of our stay. He set us up with pre-medical and medical students as well as dentists in training who hung out with us most of the time and took us to fantastic places off the beaten path that you would never see as an average tourist. They went with us to fantastic restaurants and we ate some of the best local food to be found in La Ceiba... maybe even all of Honduras.
I would highly recommend doing this program in La Ceiba Honduras to anyone, students or professionals.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Aug 26, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to volunteer in Honduras at the local hospital and clinic. Everyone in the ABV program really wants you to have the best experience possible. This program also allowed me to gain so much more hands-on experience than I would have been able to get in the U.S. I was able to take vital signs, assist in wound cleaning and help at a "health fair". I also observed C-sections and many other surgeries. All of the doctors were welcoming and thankful for our help. They were also willing to explain what they were doing and why. There is no doubt that I would recommend this program to anyone who is thinking about pursuing a career in the health care field.
Rafael was a wonderful host during my week in Honduras. He drove us to and from the hospital each day to ensure our safety and was always open to hearing our questions and concerns. I'm really grateful for everything he did to make sure I was having the best experience possible. This trip would not have been the same without him.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Mar 22, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I've done a similar trip in Guatemala with another program but it cannot compare to going through Abroaderview. The coordinator in Honduras was with me every step of the way and cares that you are getting the most out of the program. As a result, I learned and saw so much that I wouldn't have been able to see as a volunteer in the U.S. I got to take vital signs, help out in wound care, and I learned to start IV leads and administer medications and vaccines. I got to witness live births and hear about the surgeries that other ABV volunteers witnessed. It was also cool to meet other volunteers also from Abroaderview and hear about their experiences. What I loved most was learning from the doctors and nurses who enjoyed teaching us despite how busy they were and who had the patience to explain to us the whys and the hows. In the U.S., it's harder to find doctors who are willing to take that time of their days. Overall, it was an amazing 2 weeks and I was excited to share it with my family and friends.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Jan 23, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

I gained so much hands on experience and saw so many medical cases during my pre-med program in Honduras. The doctors were more than happy to show us how to do sutures, catheters, vaccines and more. I did see cases and diseases I could only read about at home. At the hospital, I got to watch so many surgeries, deliveries and met so many different types of doctors. It is amazing how well they do with what they can with such little and limited resources. We also gave pets vaccinations and went to schools to educated people with an outreach healthcare program. I am so very thankful for the opportunities and all that I have learn. I could never have gotten this kind of experience at home (Canada), and this truly reinforced my path in the medical field. The Spanish lessons were good and very helpful. The neighborhood we lived in was very safe. They have two security guards that are circulating in the neighborhood 24/7. The house was located near the mall and a taxi anywhere in town was only 25lps (1.50USD). I did met so many amazing ABV volunteers from all over the world during my stay

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Dec 22, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

The premedical program in Honduras was an amazing trip for me and I would recommend it to anyone considering a future in medicine. You will see and do things you never thought possible being an undergrad and hopefully it will help solidify your career path in medicine. After this trip I realized medicine is for me and I want to pursue medical school. I also realized OB-GYN is not for me. I was really fascinated with emergency trauma and surgery. In the ER we saw gunshot victims, stab victims, firework victims, and many motor accident victims. You will see some things here you are not prepared for like possibly witnessing death. Seeing someone die was hard for me, but it is part of life and you have to realize there are more people who need help so you need to move on and be focused on them. Aside from the medical aspect, I became very good friends with the other abv volunteers. Every weekend we went to different locations and traveled around Honduras. I would recommend Cayos Cochinos which is an island where survivor was filmed and also Utila which is a big party island.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Feb 10, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

A Broader View Volunteers Corp

This volunteer experience was one of the most incredible, yet most heart-breaking experiences of my life. The people in Honduras are so welcoming and appreciative of anything at all you can provide them and they love to share their culture. People can tell you all they want about what conditions are like in these countries, but you will never truly understand until you´ve seen and experienced it yourself. If you are a medical student, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn while helping at the same time. If you are a practicing professional, this is a wonderful opportunity to lend your expertise while also likely learning some new things (such as how to do more with less). I would highly recommend this program for anyone with a passion to help, but also willing to experience new things (both good and bad) that they never have before.
I went to La Ceiba as a pharmacist and so I spent the majority of my time in the pharmacy. I quickly realized that the prescriptions do not include key information that I am used to in the US in order to ensure it is safe and effective. For example, they do not include the dose (rather just say # of tabs), drug allergies, age, and weight (if a child). It is assumed that the doctor is always correct and the pharmacy staff does not double-check the appropriateness of the dose. This was difficult for me to see, in particular for the children because it is so easy to give an incorrect dose that may be toxic or ineffective. During my time in Honduras, I was able to gather needed information for each patient to ensure appropriateness of these prescriptions and adjust as needed, but knowing that this is usually not the case was hard to see.

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Honduras
Posted: Nov 3, 2015
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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