For years one of my closest friends had been traveling to Peru to volunteer in a clinic that his mother volunteered for deep within the Peruvian Amazon. At the beginning, I considered their trips to Peru as something of a novelty; in fact, I was highly curious as to what exactly such a mission involved. As a means of explaining this to myself, I would oftentimes suppose that the family was performing such an action due to some type of religious motivation or the need to perform a good work for those that are/were less, fortunately. Eventually, however, I got the courage to directly ask the family why they went to Peru each and every summer, what they did while there and why it was necessary for an American doctor to volunteer her time and fly many thousands of miles away. What was most surprising about the answer that I received was that it was not an answer at all; rather, the family members invited me to come along, volunteer or my own time, and experience what they had experienced for many years now. As a means of not appearing weak to consider such an offer as well as a strong and abiding curiosity, I agreed and prepared myself as best I could for the experience ahead.
By virtue of obtaining a US passport and assuring myself that I was up to date with all of my shots, I agreed accompanied my friend’s family as they-they traveled to Peru. I must admit that my expectations were low as I assumed that the family would live the life of Americans by night while administering to the needs of the Peruvians by day. ...Show more