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

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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