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Table 2 Ways in which volunteers were impacted PERSONALLY that they attribute to the global health experience at Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital

From: Learning from developing countries in strengthening health systems: an evaluation of personal and professional impact among global health volunteers at Addis Ababa University’s Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital (Ethiopia)

Collaboration and teamwork Broadened understanding of challenges in managing complex systems, and the importance for local ownership of problems and solutions.
Cultural experience and awareness Heightened awareness of the difficulties in working in environments where you do not speak the language. Learned about and gained a respect for Ethiopia and the Ethiopian people’s ability overcome adversity. Learned to let go of personal and cultural expectations.
Fulfillment and appreciation for selected profession Inspired renewed enthusiasm to personal & professional goals and (re)affirmed commitment to work in global health.
Global connectedness Increased awareness that global health is our problem. Changed a person’s worldview of the US health system compared to other countries, particularly the inequitable allocation of resources. Made aware of all the work we have yet to do to create a more just and sustainable world and ensure everyone has access to health resources.
Gratitude Gained deeper appreciation and gratitude, especially for their chosen profession and the ability to make a difference in people’s lives.
Serving and training others Changed approach and learned new skills for teaching/mentoring of medical students, residents, and nursing students. Developed a personal interest in being a part of advancing medical care and health systems in Ethiopia.