iHelpGlobally provided me with an experience that will always hold a special place in my heart. When applying for the trip, I was questioned by many of my family members and friends – “Why Peru?” I would go on to explain that it’s a medical mission trip to help the underserved communities. However, when I arrived back at home, my answer was different.
From the very first day of the trip, I knew that this would be a life changing experience. Seeing the kids run after our bus with cheerful smiles reassured me that I am in the right place this winter break. As clinic days began, I got to experience even more appreciation from the people in Ventanilla. Whether I just filled out an H&P form, or measured their temperature, people were quick to thank me and give me a warm smile. Seeing how little I did and how appreciative they were made me realize that our team gave these people not only medical treatment, but hope. The open arms of the kids to accept us and spend time with us simply brought tears to my eyes. We gave them hope, but were showered with love. I went on this mission trip to help, but came back with much more than I had given.
iHelpGlobally provided me with an amazing experience of building strong friendships while serving a thankful community of people. Why Peru? Because in this country, I know that I
am making a difference. (Alina K, 2013).