HD Video Feedback Volunteer Honduras La Ceiba Bettina Voelker Health Care + Spanish Immersion
Speaker 1: How are you?
Speaker 2: I’m well thank you. How are you doing today?
Speaker 1: I’m good thank you. I have some questions for you today.
Speaker 2: Okay. Speaker 1: So let’s start. What was the best
lesson learned? Speaker 2: The best lesson learned. That’s
a tough question. Speaker 1: Yes. [Laughter 00:00:29]
Speaker 2: I think the best lesson that I learned especially working at the hospital
is that it can be very tough, but you have to be tough to work in a hospital here, and
always put a smile on. It’s hard but it’s doable to learn that.
Speaker 1: What was the most difficult thing you experienced?
Speaker 2: The most difficult thing was definitely dealing with and accepting to a certain extent
the hardship that healthcare is taking in this country and how all patients had to buy
all drugs, they have to pay for all treatment that they were receiving. Some of them were
very, very poor and didn’t have much to eat and then they had to pay the same amount the
as rich people, so it was really hard to deal with that.
Speaker 1: Okay. How would you describe your accommodations, like close family on the side
helping? Speaker 2: I had a room … I stayed with
a whole family and I had a room to myself, my own bathroom which is something that I
never had my entire life. It was amazing. The whole family was so nice. The mother and
the daughter cooked so well and taught me a lot about culture, a lot about the country,
a lot of Spanish. They were just always nice. It was a great experience.
Speaker 1: So, you like the food? Speaker 2: I love the food, yes. [Laughter
00:02:00] Speaker 1: What was your favorite plate?
Speaker 2: [Foreign 00:02:05] are wonderful. I just had one right now. [Laughter 00:02:13]
yeah. Speaker 1: Okay. What was your favorite memory
of this trip? Speaker 2: My favorite memory. Every day at
the hospital was memorable. I think that every new skill that I learned … I want to be
a doctor so I’m going to go on to medical school when I’m doing that again I’m going
to remember being here in Honduras, but definitely dealing with the doctor here, and with the
patients here was amazing. There was one patient that was one of the first ones that I saw
that … it’s a long story … but I’m definitely going to remember that one.
Speaker 1: [Laughter 00:02:54] Okay. Advice for future volunteers?
Speaker 2: Advice for future volunteers. Do it. Just do it. Don’t think too much. If you’re
on a fence about it, just go abroad, help out to the best of your ability, and don’t
ever be scared of being wrong. Especially when you’re in a new country speaking a new
language you just accept that you are going to be wrong because you obviously don’t know
how to speak the language fluently, and even to translate accepting being wrong and the
language thing to other areas which is definitely super important when you’re learning anything.
So do it. Go wherever you want to go, but always have an open mind and probably try
to get in contact with the people there first to learn what you should bring. I really wished
that I had brought more gloves, surgical gloves to use at the hospital, and also gauze, and
tape, and anything to just to bandage a wound because those go really fast here. Just do
it. Speaker 1: [Laughter 00:04:03] Okay. How would
you rate your experience working with the ABB both in the U.S.A. and in this country?
Speaker 2: That was amazing. I think the reason why I chose ABB was because at first the service
was so great in the U.S. I was sitting in class in my college, and just went on the
website and completely forgot about whatever the professor was saying [Laughter 00:04:30]
and started chatting with someone … we have an online chat that’s incredible useful, and
they tell you exactly look here for this information, look there for that information, and it saves
you so much time because it’s just so easy to get lost when you’re trying to find which
country should I go to, if I want to go work at a hospital.
ABB staff in Honduras was amazing. Raphael was everything that I could have asked for,
and more. Always super helpful, always available, and telling us everything. Here’s the good
places to go, here’s not so good, and telling us about the country, and explaining how things
work, great Spanish teacher in the classroom, but also I noticed he’s been teaching us Spanish
outside of the classroom too and I just noticed it yesterday, because I speak very slowly
and he kind of uses the word that I learned before in the day, because even though we
had teachers, individual lessons, he was always there just accompanying us. [Inaudible 00:05:55]
was fantastic, yeah, great experience. Speaker 1: So, the personal paragraph about
the ABB Program testimonial? Speaker 2: What was that, the testimonial?
Speaker 1: The testimonial? Speaker 2: About my experience?
Speaker 1: About the ABB Program. Speaker 2: Okay. [Inaudible 00:06:04] You
have to remember this is not my first language either. [Laughter 00:06:09]
Speaker 1: [Laughter 00:06:10] Any last words? Speaker 2: Any last words. I want to come
back. It was great. I learned so much, but I’ve had a lot of fun. Every day when I woke
up … I was only here for a week … but as the week moved on I just wanted to go to
the hospital even more then I wanted the day before. I was liking the program and what
I was doing more and more and also I was learning more Spanish, which is great because then
you can interact with more people. I’ve already said the whole do it thing, but I think that
that sounds a lot like last words, but I’ll say it again, just do it. [Laughter 00:06:58]
Speaker 1: Okay, Tina. Thank you for your time.
Speaker 2: Thank [inaudible 00:07:06] for your time too.
Speaker 1: Hope you’ll b great in your future. Speaker 2: Thank you. Same to you.