James Volunteer in Xela, Guatemala

Volunteer Name: James O´Loughlin

Project Location: Xela, Guatemala

Volunteered at: Health Clinic

Volunteer in Guatemala


1- How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?

Great. Set everything up and were very attentive.

2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?

Use of labs and antibiotics.

3- What was most difficult to experience?
Difficult to not offer my opinion (sanitation in the clinic, procedure technique, overuse of antibiotics).

I also had a hard time with privacy issues. Everyone from physicians to staff to volunteers had no qualms about taking photos or sharing info about patients and. Just because Guatemala is a developing country doesn´t mean people´s privacy shouldn´t be respected.. (ABV answer: We took note of this and will talk to the hospital and clinic about this, thank you for the tip.)


4- Any tips for future volunteers… (clothing, travel, personal items, donations)

Xela is a bit cold.

People in Guatemala don´t wear shorts.

Skirts are rare.

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):

I would recommend ABV to two classes of travelers:
Inexperienced travelers who are nervous about setting things up and People who have very specific requirements for travel/volunteering.
Inside this niche ABV is great at taking care of people.

6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals, security (e: host family, on-site, shared)

Room was very basic, but needs were met. Host family was very warm, included me in their activities.


Volunteer in Guatemala Medical Program

7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?

Favorite memory: did a 3-day hike to Lake Atitlan.

8- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?

No problems.

9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?


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