My favorite moment was the time I spent with my patients when taking their vitals and when I got to spend time with them during social hours. We all sat together and drank coffee and watched a movie, it was so much fun. I loved being able to surround myself with the culture, practice my Spanish with them helping me, and exchange lots of smiles and thumbs up since my Spanish was not the best.
The biggest impact my volunteer experience had on me was emerging in the culture of Costa Rica and meeting lots of new people. I enjoyed every moment. I also really enjoyed my time at my host family’s house. They were so kind, patient, and welcoming and gave great advice on where to go and what to do. Meal times were my favorite with them!
If you're still hesitating about volunteering abroad, you should do it. Get uncomfortable and put yourself out there! The outcome is so worth the uncomfortableness I met so many amazing people and learned so much about medications and HIV and how it affects people because my placement was at a HIV clinic.