Harriett Myers

During my eight weeks at Primeros Pasos, I experienced all the frustrations that come with working in a resource-limited nonprofit setting. With those frustrations however, came the unimaginable rewards that can only be experienced first hand, either in the communities of the Palajunoj valley or in the small, yet highly influential clinic.

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Mariah Landry

“The most precious aspect of my experience was the friendships. By the time of my departure, it was a big deal! My new friends were legitimately affected to see me leave. The prospect of leaving made it apparent to me how genuine the relationships were that I had developed along the way.”

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Nathaniel Yohannes

“Working at Primeros Pasos for a month was the longest I had ever volunteered in another country, and it certainly made a difference having the medical knowledge that I’ve acquired in my first couple years as a Vanderbilt medical student. “

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Allison Stewart

Within my first week as a Primeros Pasos volunteer, I learned that working in public health in a developing country entails conquering the unexpected.

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Taylor Matherly

“The two months (June & July of 2018) I spent in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala volunteering with Primeros Pasos were an incredible success in terms of the work completed, the cultural immersion, the linguistic practice, and the relationships made.”

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Rebecca Kramb

“The best day I had at Primeros Pasos was the day Melanie [volunteer] , Eline [volunteer] and I accompanied Monica, the nutrition specialist, into the community.”

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Phoebe Wiant

“I loved working every day at Primeros Pasos because of the people, the place, and the interactions with people of the Valley.”

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Abby Arons

“I did not realize what a wonderful learning opportunity it would be to work alongside medical trainees from Guatemala and around the world.”

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Angela Ugorets

"I was looking for an adventure abroad, but I got so much more than that during my 4 weeks volunteering here."

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Lauren Lambert
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Christina Marmol

"Primeros Pasos does inspirational work for people in the Palajunoj Valley, and I felt lucky to be able to participate and lend a helping hand where I could.

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Rafael Blank

"My favorite part of the experience was all the wonderful people I met, the daily walks up the hill to the clinic, and the really cute pediatric patients I saw. I learned so much during my time there."

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Melanie Gray

"To anyone considering volunteering with Primeros Pasos—go for it!"

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