By: Christmas Nguyen
Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps
Tour # 181 (Central America – Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras)
August 8, 2008 – August 24, 2008
Nervous, excited, and scared was how I was feeling at the start of the trip. I joined Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps in their second leg of the Central American Mission. I was not sure how the group would react to me since I am joining in the middle and was the only non-Taiwanese of the group. I was afraid I would be an outcast since they all had the opportunity to bond in Panama. That ideology couldn’t be far from the truth, the group welcomed me with open arms. They were all very hospitable, cordial, and glad to see another volunteer. I couldn’t ask for a more friendly and gracious group. We were a group of thirty-two individuals that comprise of physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, professors, and volunteers, most of whom had experiences with medical missions in Taiwan, but for some, like me, this was their first medical mission abroad.
Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps is a wonderful non-profit organization that dedicates it’s time to improving the quality of life through medical services and health education in impoverished countries. The organization’s main focus will be in rural areas where access to healthcare is limited. They diagnosis and treat various diseases that are held in these one day clinics. When necessary, they also prescribe and dispense medication and vitamins to the patients. They are able to provide the medicine at no cost to the patients. The Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps have volunteered over one hundred and eighty missions in the mountain ranges of Taiwan and abroad. Many locations are known to be underdeveloped and isolated. Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps is a very charitable organization and should be recognized for their efforts in improving the lives of many less fortunate individuals.