Best Volunteer Reviews 2017

Review Volunteer Chuyang Zhong in Tanzania Arusha at the Health Care program

 Review Chuyang Zhong Volunteer in Tanzania Arusha at the Health Care program

1.-How was the local ABV Coordinator and the support provided in-country. Describe each situation:

Airport Pickup: coordinator was waiting for me at the airport patiently for almost 2 hours and helped me to get the visa

Orientation day: coordinator took us out for a tour of the city and to the grocery store for some basic needs

Work introduction: I was introduced to the local doctor the next day and I chose to work in medical ward because I was a internal medicine doctor. In fact, volunteers were allowed to choose whichever specialty they liked.

Availability: local ABV Coordinator was always availble and ready to offer help

Friendliness: the staff and I became good friends


2- What was the most positive surprise you experienced?

At the program: Even though medical conditions were poor as expected, doctors and nurses still kept on offering their best help to patients. I was really touched by this.

At the accommodation: Living conditions are better than I thought. I got clean bed, sheet, blanket and mosquito net. I lived with another ABV volunteers and we shared a big bathroom.

There were 7 other ABV volunteers who worked in hospital or school. We had a great time together. It was a good way to make friends from all over the world. Amazing experience.

About the country: People were friendly

 Review Chuyang Zhong Volunteer in Tanzania Arusha at the Health Care program

3- What was most difficult/cultural shock to experience?

At the program: I did not feel any cultural shock. However, practice medicine in Africa is absolutely different from U.S. Lacking of medical supplies, testing machines; I only got limited information at hand. Sometimes I felt frustrated because I cannot figure out what’s going on and my patient was dying. Sometimes we tried our best and used all our “weapons” but still cannot save the patient. Sometimes I knew what the best for the patient, however because of economic reason, the patient and family just asked to be discharged. This was African medicine.

At the accommodation: None

The country: None


4- Any tips for future volunteers, give as many details as possible…

Clothing: T-shirt, jackets, a lot of socks... (So dusty and impossible to keep socks clean).

Donations: Of course as many as possible. Can also donate money and help the hospital buying supplies.

Weather: Cloudy and windy. Chilly at night. Temp 60-70 F


4.1-Other things volunteers should know, about what to bring, what to do in country, what to eat, transportation, other:

a.- Laundry can be done at Nakumat. 5000 TSH/2lb

b.- A lot of different restaurants. Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Burger….

c.- Be open-minded and embrace your destiny in Africa.

 Review Chuyang Zhong Volunteer in Tanzania Arusha at the Health Care program

5- Personal Paragraph (ABV Program Testimonial):

I came and I experienced. It was amazing to meet people who shared the same interest and ambition. We drank, laughed, played cards in African wind and chatted under starry sky. I stepped out of my comfort zone and discovered other aspect of myself. This trip was totally out of my imagination and I was so grateful.


6- How would you describe your accommodation, meals and security in detail:

Comfortable and relaxing accommodation. Delicious meals. Good security


7- What was your favorite memory of this trip?

Program: Other volunteers from all over the world

Country: Relaxing life style

Tours: Savanah and animals


8- How was the ABV USA support prior traveling, did you contact them?

Communication (Phone/emails/Online chat/reminders): I got emails and enough information for this trip.

Website Information (easy to find, steps to follow, etc): Easy to find and follow


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


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