Posted By: Linda Lauer on April 9, 2015

Labels: Americas , Guatemala , Volunteers

Linda Lauer, right, prepares to baord the USNS Comfort for a humanitarian mission as a Project HOPE volunteer.

It has been both an exciting and somewhat anxious experience. It was a challenge, preparing to leave my home, my business, my friends and family, and all my day to day responsibilities. As a “rookie” I had no prior experience to base my decisions on; what to pack, how much to pack and what to expect on my volunteer mission. Project HOPE recruiter (Tenille ) assured me not to worry and was available to answer my questions. Emails were exchanged among all the volunteers. The veteran volunteers shared a lot of helpful information and offered their assistance.

So many people had a role in making this trip possible for me. Without the contributions of so many people in my life, I would not be on board the USNS Comfort. I had wanted to be a global health volunteer for many years, so it seemed very natural to volunteer for a great organization like Project HOPE. When my friends expressed their pride and appreciation for my commitment to join Continuing Promise 2015, I realized it was actually something extraordinary. This entire mission is extraordinary, the skilled volunteers, the staff at Project HOPE, the U.S. Navy and its crew, and the Department of Defense, all, coordinating and cooperating to bring HOPE and health to our neighbors! I am both humbled and grateful to be a small part of such a worthy endeavor.

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