Guadalupe 21. Juni bis 24. August 2015
Guadalupe - Toothless but happy!
I have been in Guadalupe for two months - Two months full of beautiful and intensive experiences.
I always wanted to participate in a voluntary project in a developing country. It was my dream to be able to help locally - to go to a place far off and help as much as I can.
If you feel like this, too, this is the best project you can participate!
… a small city in the South of Ecuador. I came to Quito and visited the capital for two days with Frank and Torsten, the German dentists, I worked with later for four weeks. Padre Jorge organized our flight from Quito to Loja (Catamayo) where our taxidriver Messias (husband of Lida, the dentists’ assistant) was already waiting for us with our name written on a paper, welcoming us with a big smile. On the 2,5-hours-drive to Guadalupe through the Andean mountains we were all awed by the amazing green nature and the beautiful landscapes. Immediately, the exertions of the travel were blown away. Full of suspense (and already full of impressions) we arrived in Guadalupe where Amanda welcomed us warmly and showed us our new home: The big house with the amazing veranda and the hammock! (which should become my favourite places) Amazing! The house is sweetly decorated with pictures of Germany to make you feel comfortable. Even a map of Germany is hanging downstairs next to the many german books!
… the clinic. It is the biggest and most important part of the town. Even of the province. Many patients come from far away to get a treatment - they go by bus for several hours, they walk through the woods and wait the whole morning (if necessary) to be seen by the doctor. Your work as a voluntario is so important for these patients. They need your help. You are the one who can relieve their pain, who can make them laugh again, who can make them eat again without pain. You are able to help them. Everything is ready for you in the clinic – you just have to come and help.