I was a medical volunteer for projects abroad in Cordoba, Argentina for 2 weeks. The host family I housed with was very warm and welcoming from the very first night. My accommodations were very comfortable and pleasing and my host mom encouraged me to clean my living area while helping me clean it at the same time. Most of the time in the first two days was taken up by being introduced to the Projects Abroad staff and touring the city. The staff was very helpful and treated all of us as if we were their little brothers/sisters. After the first 2 days of meeting everyone and becoming familiar with the environment, the volunteer work began.
Work consisted of waking up very early in the morning. One of the staff would pick my group up and take them to the hospital we were assigned to. At the hospitals, I witnessed multiple surgeries and shadowed many doctors. The staff member would walk around with us to make sure communication was efficient (everyone spoke spanish, no english). The key to being involved in the hospitals would be to simply ask the doctors to see a surgery. All of the doctors and nurses were very respectful and they all made an effort to teach us their practices. Work was every morning from about 6 am until 12 pm, and then we went back home to a delicious home-cooked meal, and then we had 2 hours of spanish lessons, and then the evening consisted of group activity.
Group activities included soccer, tango dancing, and restaurants. On weekends we went on day trips to the mountains to go ziplining and other tourist attractions. My housemates instantly became my family and I still talk to them currently. Overall, the experience is phenomenal and it will open your eyes to a wonderful culture and way of life. 10/10 would recommend.