JULY 21ST 12:00 AM: My trip has ended. I cannot tell you how many times I broke down crying at theHaus hostel as well as at the airport. Meeting all the other volunteers and experiencing so many new things in Arusha, Tanzania have been phenomenal.

As I packed around 8:00 PM, I imagined what my life would have been like if I didn’t meet these amazing people. Simple. These volunteers have given a new definition to my life and have allowed me to see what I will be doing in the future. They have guided me to a new light and given me another family. I have noticed that my future life is not staying in one place, but traveling around the world providing medical help to those who need it. Just like what I did these past two weeks. All the volunteers I have met have become my friends, my family, and my travel mates.


Amanda, Susannah, Roelle, Danielle, Kyra, Lily, Beth, Harriet, Mireille, Candela, Heidi, Lily, Ockje, Remy, Annie, Clarisse, Dominique, Laura, Imme, Jeannie

Iskender, Dara, Jack, Jaymin, Harry, Ander

Through these two weeks, I have discovered that my future career will be for sure in the medical field. From the Medical Outreach at Engikaret to the Primary School, I have experienced enough to know that I desire to help people with medical problems. Leaning towards being a pediatrician, I would like to focus my life on children and later on become a part of Doctors Without Borders. In the beginning, I was hesitant of going into medicine, but now I know who I am and what I love to do.

Around 9:00 PM, of course I broke down in tears as everyone hugged me and basically gave me a goodbye party. I was leaving one day early so it was sad to know that I was missing one medical outreach day. Everyone soon after started dancing and singing, and I couldn’t handle it. More tears came pouring down. These people have become my best friends in only two weeks. Although there were up and downs, there were way more fun times than drama. I don’t know what I would do without them. Eventually, it came time for me to leave, and I knew we would all meet again in the future.

TO THE VOLUNTEERS: I love you guys so much and I cannot thank you all enough for making me feel like I’m a part of a family. I’m going to miss you guys so much and I know that you guys will forever be in my life to the end. See you later! 🙂


Sophia Cao

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