As someone who came into the program knowing legitimately no Spanish whatsoever, the work I was doing and the full-immersion lifestyle enabled me to improve and pick up on the language at a rapid pace.
I started this trip with so many different ideas and expectations. I never could have imagined that I would see a C-section, help an injured man with a suture, give shots to babies and adults, run the triage center and so much more.
Before arriving, I feared that my basic Spanish background would be my biggest challenge and that this great big city would overwhelm me. But instead, for the past two months, I have been living in Trujillo, Peru as a social work volunteer and I love it.