I was born and raised in South America, and have been in the United States for 20+ years. I live in beautiful Colorado with my husband, son and 3 dogs. I went back to school a couple of years ago and I am finishing up a degree in Public Health, which is one of my life's passions.
Being part of the COTA team and serving the people of Guatemala was a dream come true for me. If I could do this full time, I would in a heart beat!
I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the people there, and the willingness to give back to us as we helped the people of their country. I met some amazing women and children that kept a little piece of my heart. The need of health care in Guatemala is great and having teams like COTA go out and help is a blessing.
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I had so many amazing experiences that it is hard to just pick one. One of my many favorites was working in the pediatrics clinic. We saw so many wonderful children with so many health issues. Parents came in with hopeful hearts and smiles on their faces. Even if all we could offer were vitamins, they were so grateful!
Another favorite was working with the Women clinic. I met some strong women, women that truly know what hard work is all about. Mothers that would give it all for the sake of their children. Inspiring women for sure.
There was an adorable couple who worked in a "tienda" near our hotel. Such sweet people! They were so giving and thankful that we were there. Every time I stopped by they wanted to gift me something to show their gratitude. It was very humbling.
I think we take for granted what we have and most important of all, our health. This was definitely a reminder for me.
The COTA team was amazing! The individuals on this team are there to serve and have big hearts. I am looking forward to next year!