Date: March, 2008
I had a wonderful experience volunteering for Makikita Quykuway. I was able to work in a medical center located in a very poor area of Huancayo. The staff there are great people. I was allowed to watch and help in every area (medicine, obstetrics, pediatrics, nursing and dental care) and the people in charge would always be explaining to me. I was taught how to give IM injections, auscultate lungs and stomachs, feel pregnant women’s bellies for the embryo’s position and check its heartbeat, evaluate small children’s stage of developement and many other simpler nursing tasks. Due to the fact that I have no real experience in medicine, I only know that I will go to medical school after my trip, I am greatful to have been able to learn so many things about practical medicine and see what a peruvian health center is like. I spent my afternoons working in a street project for children who work in the main market of Huancayo. There I helped with homework and taught some English to the children. Everytime I would go home with a smile on my face, it’s amazing how loving and grateful those children are! I can only thank Juliana, the other volunteers and everybody helping with Makikita and recommend it to anybody looking for a life changing experience. I had a super-special time!