Ocean Reef Resident to Volunteer in Indian Hospital

Mollie Pieniazek heads to India next month.  Picture: Martin Kennealey           d439220.
Mollie Pieniazek heads to India next month. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d439220.

OCEAN Reef’s Mollie Pieniazek (18) is set to experience India’s healthcare system when she helps hospital and clinic staff next month.

Mollie, who is studying to become a paramedic, will be overseas for two-weeks with International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) which offers volunteer travel opportunities.

“I’m super excited to be travelling to India,” she said.

“I think this will be a major eye-opener for me and I cannot wait to experience a whole new world and way of living.”

She said she had always wanted to volunteer overseas, but her upcoming venture was a “spur of the moment” decision.

“I thought ‘if not now, then when’?” she said.

“I chose India as I know that any help offered there will be greatly appreciated because some of the more rural areas are low in resources and staff. I know I will gain a lot of first-hand experience and knowledge from this trip as an insight into another countries healthcare system.”

Mollie said it would be interesting to see how India’s healthcare system differed from Australia’s, while assisting doctors and nurses in their daily routines.

“I know this will be a very challenging experience – travelling by myself and being so far away from home with such limited resources, but I know this will be one of the best things I will ever do,” she said.

“I will gain hands-on experiences in a healthcare setting as well as learn about prevalent diseases and how these are treated by the healthcare system in India.

“There is no better reward than knowing you will be helping other people, especially in such a fast-developing country in which any form of help is greatly appreciated.”