Favorite Memory: Clinically speaking my favorite memory from the trip was all of the interesting and cool stuff that I was able to do that I would be unable to participate in at US Hospitals such as stitching people up and taking them out, and cytologies. From the school my favorite memory was coming up to the school and having all of the kids go nuts out of excitement that you are there to help them
Most difficult experience: For me the most difficult experience was the heat. As a person who generally runs hot, I found the heat and humidity to be oppressive. It made the job much more tiring and would kind of sap my energy, but I made it through.
Wished better prepared for: I would say the heat again, but outside of living in a sauna for a while I don’t know how you would go about acclimatizing to that. Other than the heat, I personally wished I had a bit more teaching experience coming in. However, that did not stop the kids or myself from learning as we go and enjoying learning a lot.
Tips for volunteers: Take very light clothes. I did not bring my computer or anything with me for fear of being stolen. This made staying in touch and working on things from home that needed addressing very difficult. That being said, I would say if you want to take these devices then do it because the area is not dangerous and as long as it stays in your house it should be fine.
Honduras and US ABV Staff: Both the abroad and the local (US) ABV staff were platinum grade. All of my problems were addressed in a timely and efficacious manner. I have had a great experience with all the parties involved.
Personal Paragraph: I had a great time in La Ceiba, Honduras. I did not feel unsafe or threatened at any time. My work was great and fulfilling at both the old hospital and the school. My host family was excellent and accommodating, and the food – especially the local food – was very delectable. All of the people, from the children to the patients at the hospital were very nice and respectful. I had a lot of fun with the other volunteers and I highly recommend being outgoing and personable… it will make you life way easier if you can hang out with friends and commiserate after a long day of work. I had very good Spanish entering into the program, but after 2 weeks of immersion my Spanish is crisp and fluent; I truly valued the ABV experience as a life-changing event. I am willing to speak with others about my experience.
Logan Volunteer Abroad in La Ceiba, Honduras
Volunteer Name: Logan C. Hubbard
Location: La Ceiba, Honduras
Volunteer Dates: July 15th – July 29th, 2013
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