Healthcare Mission Trip to Africa
Organized by: Anna Jajte
I’m a nursing student at University of Illinois of Chicago who’s trying to go to Africa to mentor children who want to work in healthcare and go to school, and help them achieve any goals they set out for themselves. I know many people consider doing volunteering; but it’s an experience only a few undertake because of the cost.
Very often, it can be hard to feel like we are making a change or real impact in this world. Doing a good deed is always nice, returning a lost phone to a stranger, buying a homeless person a cup of coffee, helping an elderly person up a flight of steps - these acts all help somebody and make us feel good. But, what if our impact wasn’t just a temporary thing, what if we not only changed somebody’s day, but changed their life? Sometimes, a life of luxury does not mean driving expensive cars or living in a big house, but waking up every day, doing selfless acts that enrich everyone’s life. Who wouldn’t want to be a superhero in scrubs and change the world one small deed at a time.
I’m already trying to change the world by becoming nurses but life in school can often be just a bit too much. Daily stresses like work, family, relationships, and health can leave us overwhelmed, but one thing that this volunteering trip can do is lend me perspective on life. I am sure I will return home after the trip with not only a new perception on life, but a new understanding and appreciation of what I do and how it impacts not only my life but the people around me.