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Site Outreach Coordinators

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Chhengan "An" Ul, Site Coordinator

Cambodia

Hi! My name is Chhengan Ul but everyone prefers to call me only An. I am from Kompong Cham Province which is close to the capital city and I moved to live in Siem Reap since 2010 to continued to take a Bachelor Degree. I graduated from Phanhasatra University of Cambodia, Siem Reap Campus and my major was Financial and Banking. While I was an undergraduate I spent most of my free time to volunteers in  social work programs that focused on health care, and culture exchange. 

Not at all, I was a translator and projects supporter for students from Hong Kong University to assist and helped them to work on the Community project and Culture Exchange Program. After finished my Bachelor Degree, I applied to work in a bank in order to practiced by relate degree. However, after a while I found myself that this  job wasn’t a match for me.

Social Contribution and responsibility is  the mission of my work career, Volunteer Around the World  has focus on all those majors and it is the reasons that encourage  me to join with VAW. I have been working with VAW since May 2017, I absolutely appreciate VAW for bringing medical outreach program that offers Mobile Clinic to my communities  which give them to access for medical and dental treatment, and health education for free. It’s very helpful for villagers that cannot afford it. Nothing happy to see my people living in healthy and continue to understand about health education.

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Dr. Touch Siden, Medical Coordinator

Cambodia

Hello! My name is Touch Siden and I was born in 1986, Kampong Cham Province, Cambodia. I moved to Phnom Penh City in 2004 to study at the University of Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine. I finished my studies in 2014; after that I started to work as a Medical Assistant at the International Care Clinic in Phnom Penh. Since then, I have worked as a Physician with an NGO from France (Mission Humanitaire au Cambodge and Association Missions Stagaires). We work in the mobile clinics in the countryside.

I decided to work with Volunteers Around the World because I love Siem Reap, which is the most beautiful place in Cambodia. Working with VAW, I hope to teach the new generations from the USA, Canada and Australia about medicine–through study and practice–in Cambodia. Even more than this, I have always had a passion for giving back to underserved populations. I really like to develop and administer medical and social assistance programs that have a real impact for low income and risk families. Finally, I really love Humanity Mission.

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Nathalie Rodriguez, Site Coordinator

Dominican Republic

Hello! My name is Nathalie Rodriguez. I was born in Jarabacoa, the most beautiful town of the Dominican Republic! I finished high school when I was 16 years old and studied two years of marketing at UNPHU University. I studied English as a second language in YD Language Center where I started working as a secretary and then I became an administrator and teacher.

I am a nature lover so in my free time, I love doing outdoor activities and going out to contemplate the beautiful mountains that surround my beautiful town of Jarabacoa. When we love to serve people in need we often give ourselves deeper purpose and meaning and that nearly always leads to greater happiness, so this is what I enjoy most about working for VAW and the amazing experience this job gives me to connect with the people in my community.

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Sthersy Delgado, Nomad Outreach Coordinator

Dominican Republic

Hey! My name is Sthersy Delgado. I was born and raised in a small town in the Dominican Republic, known as “The Town of Eternal Spring”, Jarabacoa. I am a small business owner and a health science student. I have always been passionate about finding new ways to help my community, and what better way to do so other than helping others improve their health so they can live better lives.

My passion for this grew when I had the opportunity  of participating in my first medical mission in 2012. My heart of service and my love of people was what encouraged me to become part of the VAW team in 2018. During my free time I enjoy going to the beach, hiking and spending time with my daughter.

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Dr. Cristal Núñez Javier, Medical Coordinator

Dominican Republic

My name is Cristal Núñez Javier. I was born and raised in the Dominican Republic. I am a physician and I currently work at a hospital in Santo Domingo.

I studied a degree in music and I play the oboe in the symphonic youth orchestra of my country.

I love playing with kids and being able to help people. In my free time, I love to go out to eat and spend time with my friends.

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Dr. Noelia Martinez, Dental Coordinator

Dominican Republic

Noelia Martinez is the Dental Coordinator & Head Dentist for VAW Dominican Republic. She has been working with VAW since 2017.

Ale Hernández, Site Coordinator

Guatemala

My name is Ale Hernández.  I was born and raised in Guatemala City and recently moved to Lake Atitlán.  I studied Marketing at Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala City and graduated in 2006.   I joined VAW because I think its very rewarding to help other people that are in need, and love to see how volunteers donate their vacation and free time in helping others.  In my free time, I enjoy our time together with my 10 year old son and we like to go swimming in the lake, take long walks to the nearby towns, play with our dog and enjoy getting together with our family.

Dr. Israel Hernandez, Medical Coordinator

Guatemala

Dr. Israel Hernandez graduated from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala in 1995, with the title Medical Doctor and Surgeon. Dr. Hernandez also has a Post Graduate title in Community Attention to Persons with Diabetes from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala.

He has worked for 15 years in Community Health and currently holds a diploma for Risk Management and Reduction from the Instituto Nacional de Administracion Publica de Guatemala. Dr. Hernandez is also studying for a diploma in Nutrition in Emergency Situations from the Instituto de Nutricion de Centroamerica y Panama (INCAP). Dr. Hernandez began working with Volunteers Around the World in 2004 and has been instrumental in the development of the organization.

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Dr. Brian Cristal, Dental Coordinator

Guatemala

Hello! My name is Brian Derick Cristal. I enjoy learning and have many life goals; I am always searching for happiness and finding what I like to do. I also try to enjoy each moment to its fullest. I am 33 years old and have lived in Guatemala City since I was little. I am from a very close-knit family who enjoys spending a lot of time together.

I have always had a passion for dentistry. I studied at the USAC and currently own a dental clinic network where I work along with my wife, who is also a dentist. I enjoy playing sports, spending time with my friends in a variety of activities, traveling the world and going on different adventures with my family.

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Veronica Joseph Antunez, Site Coordinator

Panama

Veronica was born and raised in Bocas del Toro. She moved to the Virginia when she was 15, where she attended high school. She started university at Thomas Nelson Community College in Virginia, studying Culinary Arts and Hotel Management.

She returned to Bocas del Toro in 2008. She currently lives on Isla Bastimentos with her two young sons and mother. When she is not working with Volunteers Around the World, she works at a local hotel.

During her free time, Veronica enjoys spending time with her sons, hanging out with friends, hunting for iguana and generally enjoying the beautiful Bocas del Toro. She is very excited to be working with Volunteers Around the World to bring primary medical care to communities around the Bocas del Toro region-some of which only receive medical care two or three times per year. She looks forward to meeting all of the volunteers this upcoming summer and helping introduce them to all that Bocas del Toro has to offer.

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Dr. Anibal Lara, Medical Coordinator

Panama

Anibal Lara is the Medical Coordinator and Head Physician for VAW Panama. He has been working with VAW since 2018. His primary job location is in Santiago, Panama, but he travels to Bocas del Toro as well as other regions of the country to participant in mobile clinics in underserved regions.

Marina Ascue Cabrera, Site Coordinator

Peru

My name is Marina Ascue and I was born and raised in Cusco, although I also spent part of my childhood in Arequipa. I finished my high school studies at San Borja High School, the first high school in the city of Cusco. I earned my degree in tourism from the University of San Antonio Abad of Cusco. I enjoy meeting people from all over the world and teaching them about my culture and beautiful home region.

In my free time, I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. When I’m not working, I will often travel with my family to the Cusqueñan countryside to enjoy the peace and natural beauty. I enjoy working with Volunteers Around the World because not only do I get to meet the VAW volunteers and show them Cusco, but we also get to give back to the people of Cusco.

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Dr. John Huamanquispe Quintana, Medical Coordinator

Peru

Hello! My name is John Huamanquispe and I am a physician with a focus in public health (epidemiology) and a professor in the School of Medicine at the Universidad Andina del Cusco. I love to teach statistics, epidemiology and health sciences investigation methodology.

I graduated from the Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cusco and currently work at the Social Security Hospital (EsSalud) in Cusco Peru. I have always had a passion for giving back to underserved populations. I like to develop and administer medical and social assistance programs that have a real impact for low-income and at-risk families.

In 2015, I began working with Volunteers Around the World as the Medical Coordinator in Peru. I am very grateful for the opportunity, as it allows me to pursue what I am passionate about in my field. I feel VAW’s objectives to improve access to to healthcare and health education–including nutritional and water security and waste disposal–to underserved populations align with my own goals and passions, which makes my job even more fulfilling.

In my free time I enjoy spending time with wife and two beautiful daughters, playing soccer, dancing, listening to music and reading. I am proud to form a part of the VAW team and I am excited to continue developing the projects for the volunteers and local communities in Cusco, Peru.

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Dr. Yajhaira Peña, Dental Coordinator

Peru

My name is Yajhaira Peña. I was born in Cusco and I am a dentist. I studied at the Andina University of Cusco and worked for many years in the rural areas of ​​Cusco and Apurimac in health centers and ONG projects, where I learned a lot. Currently, I am working in my dental office, as well as studying for a Master’s Degree in Rural Development, because I am passionate about social work in rural and poor communities.

This year, I was selected as the VAW Dental Coordinator in Perú. I am very happy to be a member of the VAW family because it gives me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, from different cultures and with different ways of seeing life, as well as creating positive social change and providing dental care to the people who need it most. In my free time, I like to read and watch classic movies.

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Dr. Laura Rosas Calderón, Veterinary Coordinator

Peru

My name is Laura Rosas Calderón and I was born in Lima, Perú. I joined VAW in 2017 and I’m excited to create the Veterinary Outreach program in Cusco. I am a Veterinarian Zootechnician graduated from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), with a Diploma in Wildlife Managment (UNMSM) and in Socio-enviromental Conflict Managment (CNCP).

I chose my profession because I’ve have always loved being with animals and nature, and studying the biological sciences. Since graduating, I have worked in different areas including a pet clinic, teaching undergraduates in the area of histology, coordinating educational extension activities and wildlife management. I moved to Cusco in 2015, motivated by new challenges in accepting a teaching position at the University of San Antonio Abad del Cusco (UNSAAC) and developing activities in the high Andean areas, like working with South American Camelids. I’m also an active member of the Volunteer Firefighters in Perú since 2002 and I currently go to the Cusco 39 Station during my free time.

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Nguyen Dao, Site Coordinator

Vietnam

I graduated from The Saigon International University, Vietnam with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Even though my parents created a stable path for myself to work for the Vietnamese government after college, I decided instead to chase my dreams. I have the dream to use my voice and actions to inspire the next generations and to heal other’s pains.

I grew up in a very poor village surrounded by paddy fields. I remember every single detail of the environment, from funny childhood moments to tough challenges. I remember the difficulties of poverty: eating nothing before taking the bulls to the grass fields or wearing the same pair of shoes my 3 older brothers had worn at my age – sometimes even mismatching shoes to make a pair.  These experiences are a big reason why I am interested in using my abilities to help others in need.

I bring experience organizing outside activities for Youth Volunteer Club, an organization serving Vietnam’s street children.  These children, who work or live on the street, do not have full knowledge of their rights and are often unaware of the various risks of uncontrolled urban life.  Because I was so committed to these young people, during my free time, I would teach English classes to my friends to make money to buy food for the children in my program.  I am excited to have the opportunity to experience the cross-cultural professional working environment at VAW as well as helping children in Vietnam. At VAW, I am able to reach children’s hearts once again and open a new adventure in my own “life-book”.

“Life is a huge book and we probably want to tear out some pages. However, everything happens for a reason, do not spend much time to look back; use that time to keep writing the new best things till the last line of the end page.”
– My own philosophy, mixed from many different philosophies.

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Dr. Diep Doan, Medical Coordinator

Vietnam

Hi! My name is Diep Doan. I am from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I am a Pediatrician and Professor at the University at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I have been a professor since 1990; I teach my students about pediatric problems. I am also interested in social work, especially for children, and I have given many training courses for health workers in the highlands.

Every year, we organize mobile clinics for children and adults in mountains. We request financial support from family and friends to fund the clinics. This year, I am very happy for the opportunity to do mobile clinics with Volunteers Around the World.

My last humanitarian travel was to Nepal in 2016. While in Nepal, we had mobile clinics with my colleagues as well as gave presentations to the hospitals there. My next work in Vietnam will be in March 2017; it will be a mobile clinic for leprosy patients. This summer, I am happy to begin working as the Medical Coordinator for VAW Vietnam!

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Dr. Duong Nguyen, Medical Coordinator

Vietnam

My name is Nguyễn Phúc Thùy Dương (Duong Nguyen). I live in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. I studied at The University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City. Since then, I have worked at the Emergency Department of Children’s Hospital 2 for 5 years 3 months. I also passed the IPPC (International Postgraduate Pediatric Certificate) course, an online postgraduate pediatric course of Children’s Hospital at Westmead and University of Sydney. Now, I’m specializing in Pediatric Neurology at City Children’s Hospital and I’m playing the role of leader for Neurology Doctors.

I have worked in the Emergency Room for 6 years. During that time, a lot of ill children have arrived to me in a life-threatening condition and we were not able to save them, even with the best qualified doctors and the most modern equipment. Therefore, I found that healthcare for community is the ideal way to help them. They must be protected, not only treated. Volunteers Around the World can help me with caring for children all over the world. In my free time, I love playing with my son, reading books, listening to music. I especially love traveling around the world for my knowledge and for helping people.

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Dr. Nguyet Dang, Medical Coordinator

Vietnam

Dr. Nhu Nguyet Dang Le was born in Song Be, Vietnam. Since her graduation from the Medical University of Ho Chi Minh City in 2009, she has worked as a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital 2 in Ho Chi Minh City. In 2010, Dr Nguyet attended a Master’s program in Biomedicine at Université Catholique de Louvain – Belgium and then she became a PhD student in 2012.

Currently, Dr. Nguyet has continued her work as a pediatrician at City Children’s Hospital after having finished the doctoral thesis. Dr. Nguyet joined VAW because she loves to take care of all children with her knowledge and experiences. In her free time, she likes to travel, especially to the countryside, and of course, she likes to volunteer.

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