Name: Emily Zheutlin
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nationality: United States
Languages spoken: English, Spanish (advanced)
University: University of Michigan
Volunteer Abroad: Medical Assistance in Quito, Ecuador
Duration: 3 weeks
Start month: July 2018
Why did you decide to become a UBELONG Volunteer?
I chose because I wanted to find a program that created some impact on an area, without doing harm to the area. I wanted to gain insight through a collaborative, supporting organization and UBELONG seemed perfect to me. As well, one of my mentors did a similar program and talked highly of her experience.
What was your impact on your volunteer project?
I assisted the nurses and doctors in paperwork, lab work, extra hands to clean in order to make the patient care better in the area I worked. Although I learned a lot from the nurses and doctors, specifically Dr. Lopez and Jadira, I feel as though I helped them learn cultural similarities and differences from America to Ecuador.
What were your major challenges?
The language was difficult at first because it was completely in Spanish, with minimal English; so being out of practice of Spanish was a challenge, but throughout my time the language barrier was relieved.
In a sentence or less, how would you describe the locals you met?
The most compassionate, loving, inclusive people who really wanted to share life experiences and learn from each others cultural similarities and differences.