Child Family Health International (CFHI)
Cape Town, South Africa
"For my global medicine adventure, I traveled to Cape Town, South Africa, where I volunteered at the War Memorial Red Cross Children's Hospital for four weeks through Child Family Health International (CFHI). During my time there, I worked with doctors and nurses in the pediatric surgery department, specifically the burns, general surgery, and trauma units. I had the opportunity to not only observe and assist in many different cases, but also to interact with patients and their families and learn about the many problems facing the relatively new South African healthcare system.
"On weekends, the other volunteers and I traveled all around the country, including to places like the Cape of Good Hope, the Stellenbosch wine country, and the Eastern Cape. We went cage diving with great white sharks, bungee jumping off the world's highest bridge bungee, and we even had the opportunity to go on a safari.
"I highly recommend that medical students take advantage of the many opportunities offered through the Office of Global Health Education and broaden their education by traveling to and working in unfamiliar places. As CFHI says, let the world CHANGE you!"