What I liked
My team, the work I was doing. I felt very much a part of the organization, not just an intern. I actually grew up overseas in Kenya where I saw firsthand the difficulties of administering global health in a low-resource setting. I saw so many NGOs or short-term volunteers come into Kenya with their fancy equipment and research agendas. They completely miss the stories around them then they leave a few weeks later without actually meeting the needs of the people. It's given me so much hope to work with Unite for Sight where everyone is committed to ensuring that people’s needs are actually being met. This isn’t a disengaged organization just funneling money to Africa—they are listening to local communities, they are personally engaged with patient’s, volunteer’s, and doctor’s stories. They are supporting the local healthcare providers rather than overtaking them and they are dedicated to a global health care that is empowering and sustainable, not just healthcare that looks good in numbers.