Preeya Desai - Chicago Medical School

The opportunity to volunteer with CINTERANDES is an experience that I will always treasure. From the very beginning, the CINTERANDES staff was extremely helpful and accommodating, ensuring that my peers and I had the best learning experience possible.

Moreover, all the physicians and medical professionals I worked with were eager to teach and allowed me to practice and further develop my skills. It was truly rewarding learning about the Ecuadorian health system and rotating through the various hospitals and health centers within and around Cuenca.  The opportunity to go on home visits, work in the Emergency Room, and shadow a pediatric surgeon are experiences I will never forget. I truly cherish the time I spent immersed in the beautiful Ecuadorian culture and meeting the amicable Ecuadorian people. I would highly recommend volunteering with CINTERANDES to any of my peers and hope to join the organization again in the future!

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