THE WAIT IS OVER! I finally received my medical clearance to go work in Cambodia!
To those who have been following my personal and school blog posts regularly or semi-regularly for the past 2 years or so, you will already know about my passion for Public Health and traveling to do community service in different countries. To those who haven’t, well, let’s just say this opportunity is a BIG DREAM come true for me!
When I started my undergraduate career, I was just an excited student trying to lead service organizations so that I can do some good in the community. Now, 7 years, numerous hardships, and a Master's degree later, I can’t believe I am about to start living my dream!
Now, you may be wondering what it is that I’ll be doing in Cambodia. I am happy to announce that I have been accepted as a Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV). I will specifically be volunteering as a Health Extension Volunteer in one of Cambodia’s districts for 27 months.
“Peace Corps Cambodia's Community Health Education project aims to assist Cambodian individuals and communities, particularly women and children, to improve their overall health and well-being and increase their capacity to address health-related issues. Volunteers work with health center staff, Village Health Volunteers, and schools to build the capacity of people to address their health needs. Volunteers work in the areas of maternal and child health, water and sanitation, nutrition and gardening, reproductive health and non-communicable diseases.”
I am beyond excited to begin this next chapter of my life. Living in a foreign country for over 2 years definitely won’t be easy, but I am looking forward to the challenges and rewarding experiences that will come my way. I have no doubt that it will help me grow as a person and a public health professional.
It definitely is an interesting and unique opportunity. I can’t believe I am leaving behind my comfortable life and loved ones behind and leaving so soon! I will depart from home this coming Friday (July 14th) so I only have 1 more day to finish packing and saying my goodbyes!
Follow along with me on my next big adventure!
I shall update you all again in 3 weeks from Cambodia!