Volunteers from different backgrounds share their experiences and explain why they continue to volunteer.
Mengcheng, Anhui Province, March 2016
My first time eye camp to serve the poor and left behind elderly. I was quite anxious: how can I perform surgery in such unfamiliar surroundings, facing situations that may be out of my control, and overcoming the language barrier?
Some of the non-medical volunteers took up the role of eye care helpers, using medical instruments they had never encountered before. I was impressed by how quickly they mastered the task at hand and how much they actually enjoyed helping the medical team.
People in the Anhui are special. They are content, simple and lovable. I had the chance to join a party hosted by us for our patients. It was a memorable. When some patients enthusiastically joined in to sing, their songs instantly filled the room with love and happiness.
I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to serve in this eye camp, to love others and to be loved. This has strengthened my confidence and deepened and reinforced my resolve to serve the underprivileged with my medical skills.