Matt Volunteer Abroad in Arusha, Tanzania

How would you describe/rate your experience working with the ABV staff in the USA?
Sarah Ehlers was a fantastic contact and was always ready to answer our questions. She was a great help in the planning phase of our trip and was an invaluable resource.

How was work at the local hospital? What were you able to do as a medical volunteer?
Work at the hospital was enjoyable. We were able to watch all of the procedures and were able to assist with many of them. It was very nice to be able to rotate through many departments or to stay in one department and develop a working relationship with the doctors.

What was your favorite memory of this trip?
I stayed in one department for my entire time at the hospital. This allowed me to gain a real friendship with the doctor and nurse that I worked with on a daily basis. I have since been in contact with the doctor and we communicate regularly via Facebook. The personal relationship I gained is my favorite memory.

Matt Volunteer Abroad in Arusha, Tanzania

What was the most difficult thing you experienced?
Seeing a patient that was unable to afford their cast and had to be sent away with no treatment

What was the one thing you wished you were better prepared for?
Nothing, I felt that ABV did an excellent job preparing me

Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations, sightseeing etc)

Bring tissues, there is a great deal of dust in Africa. Do a safari if you can, it was life changing. Simple supplies to donate are better, things like tape, gauze, and gloves go a really LONG way.

Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes

Matt Volunteer Abroad in Arusha, Tanzania

Matt Volunteer Abroad in Arusha, Tanzania

Volunteer Name: Matt Huckabee
Project Location: Arusha, Tanzania
Program Dates: July 9th – July 27th, 2012
Volunteered At: Tengeru Hospital

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