Volunteer Name: Kathleen Conway R Dip
Project Location: La Ceiba, Honduras.
Program Dates: 12-14-14 / 12-19-14
Volunteered at: Dental project - hospital
1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country?
Excellent I always felt safe support by Rafael. With Joel I was able to see the city, the tour was well organized & I felt safe through the market + the stores + streets + parks.
2- What was the most surprising thing you experienced?
At the program: How little the hospital has – no water old equipment but how the dentists have a great attitude + treat patients with respect + dignity no matter how rich or poor and are happy to treat patients with a good attitude.
At the accommodation: Cold water took some getting used to build us amazing how well you can manage with so little.
About the country: It is beautiful in so many ways, But the people especially are the nicest and most welcoming.
3- What was most difficult to experience?
At the program: Communication. I wish I had more Spanish. But it was amazing how much you can communicate while you have common goals.
At the accommodation: Nothing. Fania was wonderful.
The country: Nothing. I learned you can do with very little + felt the neighborhood was very safe.
4- Any tips for future volunteers…
Clothing: Sweatshirt or sweater in winter sometimes air when you are hot used do daily was a lot in restaurant at night.
Donations: Gloves, they loved short disposable gowns
Weather: Damp – layers are good, sometimes sun – but weather or light wings jacket or sweatshirt is also good.
4.1-Other things volunteers should know:
a.- Accept what is there, go with the flow.
b.- Bring what you can.
c.- Look to pitch is in any way you can don’t wait to be asked.
d.- Also learning from other volunteers nurses students about their experiences with vaccination programs, diabetes, high
5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial)
It was eye opening to see how similar both Honduras + The USA have problems bringing dental care to the poor. It was common seeing teeth extracted rather than preventative care practices shown or taught.
6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security:
Excellent security, I missed most vegetables and don't want to see another diet soda ever!! : )
7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?
Program: The doctors were wonderful, helpful, patient with the lack of communication as my Spanish isn’t as good as it should be.
Country: The people were friendly and accepting of help.
8.- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling?
Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat): The email communication was wonderful because I am busy at work and could answer + communicate at my convenience.
Website Information: Excellent.
9 – Are you willing to speak to other potential ABV volunteers?
Yes, I would be happy to speak to others about my experience.