Kaylee VanDommelen

This past summer I had the incredible opportunity to go abroad to Tanzania with World Endeavors. I lived with a host family in the city of Arusha and worked at Tengeru Hospital. Living with a host family allowed me to further my knowledge of Swahili and further my understanding of the local customs and culture. During my time at the hospital I was able to learn and observe the daily routines of the local doctors as well as learn about the health system of East Africa. I spent a significant amount of my time in the HIV/AIDS ward. This ward offers testing, counseling, treatment, and occasionally educates school children on HIV. I was able to assist the patients arriving to the clinic and help them understand their role in the treatment process. This experience proved the reality of the epidemic and increased my determination to return in the future.

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