Just wondered if anyone here has volunteered abroad while in school? I am interested in those who volunteered independently rather than if you went with your class or a group you were familiar with. I know for myself it will be an experience just to observe the healthcare of those less fortunate.
Please respond if you volunteered independently, I am currently looking to work with ISL. However, I am just worried about arrival in countries by myself. I have lived in Europe and traveled alone many times but places like Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Haiti scare me.
Any info would be helpful!
Also-I do not need responses regarding my current skill level, I am well aware that I do not have a license
Oct 15, '13
Quote from priorities2
x2. Don't let anyone tell you you can't find anything that will fit what you're looking for. I'm not sure why this forum has a tendency to solicit arrogant all-or-nothing responses meant to squash the original poster's vision or concern. I don't see a culture of that on the other forum I look at.
Back to the point: I suggest talking to health care providers who do/have done international volunteering and see what they suggest. You may find that on AN, or try posting on a general travel forum or on another health care provider's forum, since it isn't only nurses/nursing students who provide volunteer health care abroad. You could also check out your school's learning abroad center, since they often have a lot of information about not-for-credit volunteer abroad programs, some of which might fit your criteria.
The poster GrnTea is just being realistic. What would she do there? She said herself that she wants to "observe the healthcare of those less fortunate". To me that translates as "I really can't do anything to help but it is humbling to see how much your life sucks." The situation gives off a hint of a pre-colonialism European looking at the simplicity of the African native and wondering how on earth they could live in such a way. I am sorry I just don't see the usefulness of spending thousands of dollars to travel to another country as a student that can't do much, why not just wait until you have a license?
I am going to guess you are a white female? You will stick out like a sore thumb and not in a good way. I have been to Haiti (mostly spent time in the Dominican) and know of a few guys in the military who were down in Central America. Travelling alone or by yourself in these places is NOT advised. Those places should scare you. I am a decent sized male and I wouldn't go to many of those countries as a volunteer without some security, I am serious. After travelling a bit in Eastern Europe and the America's (South/Carib/Central), any hint of being an American will make you a target especially if you go independently.
Why not go with a church group or something that builds houses or teaches classes until you can get with a reputable volunteer organization?
Last edit by Dranger on Oct 15, '13