We love our volunteers!

None of our work is possible without their continued passion and commitment to health care without language barriers. Take a look below to read about some of our exceptional volunteers!

Our alumni have also gone on to make an incredible impact on their community. Look to the right to read more.

FEATURED VOLUNTEER

GINA HONG

Share one volunteering experience that was most memorable to you.
"My most memorable volunteer experience happened during my first interpretation event at the Mabuhay Clinic. The whole event was a great learning experience but it was a particular moment during the event that stood out to me. An elderly individual was searching for a specific Doctor (who was also her friend) and became frustrated at the other non-VHIO volunteers at the clinic because none of them could understand Tagalog. One of the volunteers asked for my help and I was able to find what she needed. This was memorable because I saw myself in her position numerous times in the past. It is meaningful for me to help others in situations where no one can speak their native languages."

GINA HONG
Department: Korean
Year: Junior
Major: Molecular Environmental Biology
Preferred Pronouns: She/her/hers

Joined VHIO: Joined VHIO Fall 2016, first semester of my sophomore year
Why VHIO? 
"I can use something I feel confident about, English proficiency, which I acquired through many years of studying since English is not my first language. VHIO lets my strength and my passion, medicine, converge and thus explore myself. Not only I can execute my passions but also I get to help other people, and this is very rewarding from my past experiences at VHIO."
How did you help the community through VHIO?
" I helped Koreans who are not fluent in English living in Korean communities. What I could do for them was to interpret when they doctor visits, checkups, or counseling."
Future plans? 
"I am majoring in Public Health and hope to become an epidemiologist in the future."