FOR seven days, optometrist Rachel Abraham swapped the white walls of My Optical for the rough terrain of Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.
She, alongside 50 other clinical workers including dentists and primary health care professionals, volunteered their time to work with the locals.
"On the Monday we set up at the school and for the rest of the week we were set up at Kila Kila Clinic," Miss Abraham said.
While she said her time with the Youth With a Mission crew was rewarding, it was also heartbreaking.
"The ones that stick in my mind are the ones with injuries in their eyes that are just too late and we can't do anything about it," Miss Abrahams said.
"But for the people we can help, it's really good."
The YWAM is based in Townsville and a ship is docked at Port Moresby where the volunteers stay while abroad.
Miss Abraham encouraged anyone thinking of volunteering with YWAM to visit ywamtownsville.org.