As a physician, the intrinsic reward that drives me is making an impact in someone’s life. In the states, it is possible. In Trinidad it was almost impossible not to make a significant impact with every patient. People have asked me – “why don’t you just volunteer in the states?” Now that I have completed my first medical mission, that answer will be easy. – Jeffrey, IMR Team Trinidad & Tobago
So…the first day I was here I took care of the sweet sisters with spina bifida. They will never be able to walk and they are getting so big that mom and grandma are having a hard time carrying them. Through the sponsoring organization for our trip, International Medical Relief, we were able to purchase them their FIRST wheelchairs. IMR is making a difference one soul at a time… – Ava, IMR Team Trinidad & Tobago
Our clinic for today was in a small church, hosted by very kind locals. Once we got into the flow of things, everyone seemed comfortable, both the volunteers and the patients. My assignment today was to shadow Ava and be an extra helping hand. I will admit, I was nervous before the clinic had started, but it wasn’t too long before I had remembered how sweet and friendly the people of Trinidad are. No matter who you are, the locals will always make you feel welcome, so my goal is to do the same.
Shadowing Ava was such an interesting, eye-opening, and amazing experience for me. We saw people of all kinds; different problems, different stories. Another thing I love about working in the clinics is being able to listen to what the locals have to say. I know that a lot of the time, people, no matter who you are, will just want someone to talk to. I’m glad that everyone volunteering for IMR is there for the people who need a good listener. – Bella (age 14), IMR Team Trinidad & Tobago