Natalie Palmieri’s experience in Peru

Natalie Palmieri
Volunteer Name:Natalie Palmieri
Project Attended:Global Health and Nutrition Volunteering in the Andes
Country Attended:Peru
Volunteer Bio:I grew up in California, but have been living in Utah for school for the past five years. I recently graduated from Brigham Young University in Public Health. I am 22 years old.
What was your greatest achievement? My greatest achievement was working in the nutrition center of a health clinic. I was able to enter important data into a database that tracked a health program for the entire area of Cusco. I also helped with nutrition classes for pregnant women. This nutrition center focuses a lot on preventative health care and I feel that I played a role in their work for the time I was there.
Did you feel you made a difference? Yes, for the most part, I feel that I did make a difference. It was a little bit of a rocky start to find my place in the program, but Kaya really helped me find something that worked with the requirements of my internship and what I liked to work on.
What advice would you give future participants? My one piece of advice is that the participants begin to contact Kaya two or three months before they get to Peru to coordinate what they will be doing while they are there. I wish that I had talked to the on-site coordinators more before I got there to plan what I would be doing. This will help you have a clearer vision of what you will be doing while you are there and help you to get more done.
Please tell others why you think they should sign up for a program with Kaya I think you should sign up for a program with Kaya because they make the program your own. They care about you and make sure you have an experience that will benefit you and others.


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“My favorite moment was teaching children in rural communities how to wash their hands. The kids were so happy, even though they had nothing. It was fun to teach them about health and then play games with them during their recess.”

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