A previous Peace Corps health volunteer in Mongolia, Jess Lampe, now joins forces with Root International Peace Corps USA (RIPC) to continue his passion for assisting others in underprivileged, often disaster-struck areas. His most recent trip with the organization consisted of exploring the diverse countries of Asia, with the majority of his time spent in Taiwan. With the goal of reconnecting and fostering a greater sense of understanding about the basis of RIPC, the team met with the original Tawain Root Medical Peace Corps. Amongst admiration for their busy and active Taiwan counterpart, the RIPC volunteers left their meetings with a clearer vision and sense of purpose, not to mention countless ideas and a load of advice.
Q: Why did you decide to volunteer with RIPC?
A: I was invited by my good college friend, Anthony, to volunteer. I had volunteered before in projects in South America and Asia but had never traveled to Haiti and so when the time came this past fall for a mission to Haiti, I packed my bags without looking back. It is a developing country we often hear a lot about in the media and I really wanted to see it for myself.
Q: Which missions through RIPC have you been on and what jobs were you delegated?
A: I went to Haiti and worked with the pharmacists, helping them fill prescriptions. Basically doing logistics to help the pharmacists do their jobs. Recently I traveled to Taiwan with three other volunteers from RIPC to learn more about our partner organization, how they came to be, and how they currently operate.
Q: What was your most memorable experience in Taiwan?
A: Meeting Dr. Liu, the President of Taiwan Root Medical Peace Corps, was fantastic. He is one of those fascinating people who dreams big and then quickly acts to accomplish what he envisions. We learned about how some of the trips he’s organized in response to disasters come together in as little as 5 days. Truly inspiring.
Q: What is your favorite part about RIPC?
A: The experiences and knowledge that comes from working with doctors from around the world, it’s really eye-opening.
Q: Would you recommend volunteering for RIPC, if so why?
A: I would recommend it for anyone who has never volunteered overseas before and wants to get a taste of what it is like. For those people, GO.