Name: Vanessa Studer
Hometown: Zürich, Switzerland
Languages spoken: German, Spanish (advanced), English (intermediate), French (intermediate)
Occupation: Health care assistant
Volunteer Abroad: Medical assistance in Merida, Mexico
Duration: 4 weeks
Start month: January 2019
Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I searched for a long time on the internet and finally found an organization where everything seemed to fit: philosophy, inter nationality, costs and worldwide volunteers.
What is your favorite memory?
My favorite memory was the time in the surgery department, because I very quickly felt as a part of the team. I had the opportunity to go with the doctors to another hospital to see more. Besides of working together we also saw each other outside the hospital, which was when I really got to know the people.
What did you take from the experience?
Their culture, their attitude and happiness about life. They work with the materials they’ve got and they do it just in another way with the limited resources. But mostly I liked their geniality, you can experience it in the different professional categories, during their talks to the patients and the parents, especial in a children’s hospital.
In a sentence or less, best advice for fitting in with the local culture?
Don’t be shy, ask, help and talk wherever you go!