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Gloves-On Volunteering In Peru

Our program, Health and Wellness in Peru, is really about as good as it gets if you're wanting to volunteer on a medical project.  All of GeoVisions' medical volunteer projects are hands-on, making them perfect for nursing and medical students. This program is a great hands-on opportunity to work toward improving health care in Lima or Cusco, Peru. Our volunteers work directly with local Peruvians who have little access to health care. GeoVisions provides ample opportunity to work with locals of various age groups to bring adequate health care, intervention and prevention to the people these clinics serve. Alex Cabble is a GeoVisions volunteer onsite right now.  She is documenting her trip on Tumblr with her Blog, Across The Equator.  Here is an excerpt from a recent post:  "Last week I was in Topico and I was able to clean a wound on a woman’s toe by myself! I also talked to a man who was getting stitches on his arm after a dog bit him about New York for a while! Topico was interesting and I definitely had more of a hands on experience there. It was nice to talk to some of the patients and I liked seeing all of the babies and helping to break their fevers. The kids here are sooo adorable!" Alex writes about other hands-on cases she has had recently, like "my first patient was an older woman who didn’t have a toenail on her big toe."  And, "a 7 year old boy who fell and had a gash right above his left eyebrow. The gash, at its widest, was probably about the size of a dime and went pretty deep.  He ended up getting stitches inside the gash and then stitches on the outside to hold it together."  Alex' day ended here, "another patient was a 10 month old baby that had a fever. I took her temperature and it was 38.9 degrees C when the normal temp is 37 degrees C. We put some wet towels on her to bring down the temperature and by the time that I left, it was normal again!" Be sure to read her Blog for more details and she has included a lot of photos as well. Oh…and as I prepared this Blog to go live, we received this email from Alex' friend Kelsy who is also on the same program:
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Samrong Hospital-Medical Volunteering In A Primitive Setting

"I went to was a small hospital - Sam Roang Hospital, at the rural area of Siem Riep. This hospital is nothing like what you will ever see in Melbourne or Malaysia and I was utterly shocked by the condition of the hospital. The very limited facilities and resources, running low on/out of medical supplies, fan-less maternity ward, supposedly sterile operating theatre with flies in it and only three out of five bulbs of the operating lamp are working. You can't possibly imagine what the condition is like until you see it for yourself. It is primitive."
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Just Out Of Diapers: Two New Medical Volunteer Abroad Projects

on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 By | Randy LeGrant | 2 Comments | Medical/Health Projects Volunteering Abroad
A couple of weeks ago we used our Blog to announce three new programs. Today we are announcing the arrival of two new projects. One in Ecuador in the Galapagos, on San Cristobal Island and another in Kandy, Sri Lanka.  Both of these new projects need medical volunteers. Medical Clinic on San Cristobal Island, Galapagos This medical project is very hands-on.  On this project you are going to have the opportunity to work one on one with doctors; prepare charts for patients; hand out medication; and assist in medical exams.  If you have medical experience, there may be even more you can do at the hospital. GeoVisions includes your roundtrip flight from Quito as part of the program fee as well as orientation and a tour of Quito before flying to San Cristobal Island. Of course, when you're not working at the hospital, you can be swimming, scuba diving, surfing, basking on the beach, learning about marine life, exotic birds, and even tortoises. Hospital Project in Kandy, Sri Lanka Not only will volunteers have the opportunity to assist Doctors, but this project has two unique components: After you have been observed and cleared (depending on your abilities and medical background) there is an opportunity to assist with Pediatrics. Because Ayurveda, one of the world's oldest medical systems, starting around 1500 BC.  Ayurveda was developed in and around India and Sri Lanka.  Volunteers at this project have the opportunity to learn more about Ayurveda directly from the area where it was developed.  If you are unfamiliar with Ayurveda, think "alternative medicine" if you are from the U.S. for example. This project begins with a full week of orientation in Kandy where volunteers meet each other, learn more about Sri Lanka and its traditions, meet local people, taste the food, take some time for a little sightseeing and learn a lot more about the project. So there you are.  Do you have program ideas we should consider?  Places we don't currently serve?  Please use the Comments section and let us know.  We are always interested in where you want to go and what you want to do when you get there.
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Volunteer Abroad And Start Up Your Own Project!

One of the best feelings in our work is to see volunteers provide assistance to a community or a medical outpost or teaching kids to read in rural Ghana.  If I were to ask my friends who also do this kind of work, more than likely they would say the same thing.  Watching our volunteers and watching the smiles of the recipients of that volunteer's efforts. I am always asked, "What is your favorite city in the world?"  Or, "What is your favorite country in the world?"  To be quite honest, it depends on the time of day someone asks.  Too many favorites I have. One thing is clear, however.  When I am asked the best part of my job the answer is always the same.  It's watching what happens when our volunteers return from their project.  I've become obsessed with finding out what each GeoVisions' volunteer, tutor and teacher are doing.  More times than not, it is special, as you can see with Daniel Jackson. Daniel went to Cusco, Peru with GeoVisions last June (2009) to work in the Medical Center there we support.  He was able to volunteer for six weeks. Daniel is a photographer and you can see his work on his website.  But once Daniel returned to the U.S. he started Friends of Belempampa.  Daniel was so taken with Cusco, and with Belempampa, that he organized a group of international volunteers and staff who have worked at the Belempampa Health Center in Cusco and then put together the "Friends" website to help provide support to the medical center. Please consider supporting Daniel, his group and his new non-profit group, which will
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Volunteer Blog: Health Care Volunteer Project in Lima, Peru

Our health care project in Lima, Peru is a great opportunity because of the "hands on" activities for volunteers.  Many health-related volunteer abroad projects don't allow volunteers to be directly involved with patients.  This one does.
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