AYUDA (American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad) has impacted my life in inexplainble ways, and I have yet to even attend the Campo Amigo program. During the interview stage of the application progress, I was asked to explain about how I overcame a stressful time in my life, and so I talked about a car crash I had been in earlier that year. The women I talked to on the phone were 2,668 miles away from me, and yet through the phone I could hear genuine concern in their voices. This was my first time talking to any AYUDA staff, and I knew that if these individuals could care so much about the well-being of a boy they had never spoken to before, the change they make abroad must be truly significant.
AYUDA is a non-profit volunteer organization that empowers youth to serve as agents of change in diabetes communities around the world. AYUDA is dedicated to supporting local diabetes communities in their development and implementation of sustainable and global diabetes programs. AYUDA’s innovative peer learning model uses international volunteers as catalysts for empowering local youth living with diabetes to live happy and healthy lives.
During my first 16 years on earth I have lived a very comfortable and priveleged life; l I began traveling at a very young age, and have always been concious to the differnet peoples and cultures of the world. I know how lucky I am compared to many individuals elsewhere, and as I've matured I've learned that for me personally, happiness comes through the helping of others.
After the Volunteer Training Program in Washington D.C., I knew that the work AYUDA does is incredibly important. I listened to statistic after statistic, and story after story of individuals who have been affected by diabetes. I know that the part AYUDA volunteers play is crucial, not only to AYUDA itself, but the tons of lives it touches ever year.
AYUDA endeavors to remain a grassroots volunteer organization in a unique way: by asking its volunteers to participate in fundraising for their programs. In fact, without fundraising by volunteers like me, AYUDA’s in-country work would not be possible.
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