California – Westwood: Asian Pacific Health Corps

John Tsiang

What organization did you volunteer with, and where were you located?

I volunteered with Asian Pacific Health Corps at UCLA, located on campus.

 

Why did you choose to volunteer with Asian Pacific Health Corps?

I chose to volunteer with APHC because I was interested in the health care field. Furthermore, APHC offered a way to do continuous service, which I was drawn to. I enjoyed working with my colleagues very much, as well as with the Asian Pacific Islander communities around Los Angeles.

 

Does APHC have a UCLA connection?

The project is based at UCLA. We are not officially sponsored by the university, but we are a registered campus organization with 150+ members yearly.

 

How did your experience influence you, what knowledge or insights did you gain during
your time of service?

The experience gave me insight into the disillusioning aspect of health care and of volunteering. When we go out into the community, we create change; but how much of the work you leave behind for the community is actually put to use? Rather than giving up on volunteering, however, this insight should reinforce our resolve to find better ways to really affect the community we serve and to maximize our impact, rather than simply finding new places to do old activities.

 

Did you experience any culture shock during your volunteering?

For culture shock, it’s hard to experience that when I’m volunteering with people of my same culture. I know that a couple of my friends have experienced minor feelings of culture shock where they froze up before speaking to individuals when confronted with foreign languages.

 

What was a typical day like for you?

A typical health fair starts off at 4:30 in the morning. We arrive at site at around 6:00 am and begin completing the set-up and organization, which was usually started the night before. After set-up and organization is complete, we wait for the normal volunteers to arrive on bus, usually at 8:00 am. The health fair runs from 9:00 am till 1:00 pm. During that time, I troubleshoot, redirect patients, help service providers, collect data, watch patient flow, etc. At 1:00 pm, we begin cleaning up. Normal volunteers leave at 2:00 pm, and the Board of Directors pack the supply vehicles. At 3:00 pm, activities are finished and we head out for dinner/boba.

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