Experience Type: Community Service/Volunteer – Not Medical/Clinical
Experience Name: Project Sahari Volunteer
Most Meaningful: No
Project Sahari is an orphan prevention program supporting single mothers who are at risk of losing their children due to poverty. I raised money for and assisted in the construction of an eco-sustainable two-family home in Tecpan, Guatemala. Although building a home is challenging, working in and coordinating a team made it an enjoyable experience and extremely rewarding. In addition, I participated in preparations and dedication of the Music, Art, and Culture Dome. I learned about the Mayan culture and history while attending a traditional ceremony. With a better understanding of the culture, I could communicate more sensitively with the mothers. Understanding your patients lived experiences and being sensitive to their culture is an extremely important aspect of delivering quality care.