Life on board

Allana Spears

Life on a moving ship, constantly traveling to different places might sound unbelievably venturesome and exciting, am I right? However, it might not sound as glamorous behind the scenes. China’s culture has always been different from that of individuals from the West. It revolves around respect and obedience as key components and specially to elders or superiors. Not many of the volunteers are as open to fully voice out their interpretations on the issue from behind the scenes.  I believe many of these humble participants have been put in a tough spot to be separated from their families and previous lifestyles, yet they seem to see things in a different light. They see the opportunity of helping and or being chosen for the task and feeling nothing but honored.

The ship Daishan Dao, Peace Ark, is a non-profit hospital ship that has currently settled in the Dominican Republic until Wednesday, Nov. 7 of 2018 providing free medical services to approximately 4,200 Dominicans. Now, this is what most of the public gets to hear about the situation but no one knows the true difficulties that arise while being a part of it. During the tour with one of the gentlemen working there, my colleagues and I had got to hear more of how they’re lifestyles are on board. Astonishingly they travel for months going around multiple countries in order to give their assistance and after three to four months they get to go back to their homes for around a month of rest. The charismatic man that explained all of this to us had noted the fact that he was going to be marrying his fiancé when he got back to China. Due to the complications of constantly traveling and working they have little to no chances to send letters or messages to their families back at home.

Life is no peace of cake for these workers and participants, they continually have to be organized and attentive for anyone that might need help. They open at 8am and close at 5pm and have some nine long hour of work everyday for multiple people that enter the boat, max capacity being 600 clienteles. The second hardest thing that they conceded to was the language barrier that caused confusion at times with some of the patients, English being the basis for mostly everyone to communicate. Nevertheless, besides the hardships of being away form their families their final views on the situation was to give their superlative whole at serving their country and feeling nothing but full gratitude to be given the chance at helping people from all around the world.

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