Healthcare and Medical Program in Guatemala

Location: Guatemala: Antigua, Rural Areas

Program Duration: 5-8 Weeks, 7-12 Months, 9-12 Weeks, Multiple Year, 1-2 Weeks, 1-2 Years, 2-4 Weeks, 3-6 Months

Dates: Year Round

PO Box. 199 Pukekohe, Auckland 2679 New Zealand

Description

Are you a Doctor, Nurse, or Med Student? Your skills are desperately needed in Guatemala!

Low income communities in Guatemala have very limited access to good healthcare services, and this is where this amazing project comes in. We work with several rural clinics that provide free and accessible healthcare services to indigenous highland populations in the Sacatepequez region. Here volunteers can work with local doctors and nurses in providing this much needed and extremely beneficial service to rural Guatemalan communities.

This program is suitable for Doctors, Medical students, Volunteers with an interest in the health field, Physiotherapists, Dentists, and volunteers with proven experience in nutrition. The health posts are located in different towns across the Guatemala highlands where the majority of residents are from Mayan descent.

It is very important that volunteers are able to fluently communicate with their medical supervisor and patients, therefore a high intermediate level of Spanish is required. Spanish lessons can be arranged, however it is advised that participants already have an existing understanding of the language.

Highlights

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Need – We work directly with local charities on grass-roots community development projects. Our focus is on providing support where it is really needed - not holidays! We keep volunteer numbers at sustainable levels to meet the needs of each project - not to increase revenue!

Impact – By becoming a Love Volunteer you are saying to the world that you are a REAL volunteer and your focus is on supporting people and communities in need. You’re not just a tourist and your goals include much more than selfies and hangovers. Your contribution with LV will be real and measurable. You will change lives, and one of them will be your own!

Safety – Your safety is our top priority. We have personally visited and regularly audit all of our projects and accommodations so you can rest assured that your needs will be met, whilst getting the most out of your experience.

Support – With dedicated in-country teams, you know you will have 24/7 support right there when you need it – guaranteed! From simply questions to hospital trips, we will ensure you are supported throughout your placement.

Communication – We pride ourselves in our reputation as always being available when you need us, dealing with your questions quickly, and being prompt with all communications. We are here to help you help the world!

Value – We strive to make volunteering abroad affordable and accessible to everyone. Our program fees are lower, our registration fees are lower – and we encourage you to compare!

Security – We have placed thousands of international volunteers in meaningful voluntary service projects around the world. We have the experience and the reputation, so you know you are in good hands!

Friendship – One of the benefits of volunteering is that you’ll meet new people and develop friendships that will last a lifetime. This is one of the true benefits of volunteering and we encourage you to make the most of the unique opportunity to develop these cross-cultural friendships.

Free time – We realize that everyone needs a break and encourage our volunteers to have a look around where and when possible. All you need to do is let us know what you want to do and we will do our very best to make it happen for you!

Qualifications

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old at the start of the placements (unless accompanied by an adult). A good command of English is required.

Languages
  • Spanish
  • English

Cost in US$:

$900-1250

Cost Include Description:

Program fees include accommodation, food, orientation and in-country 24/7 support.

Credit Available

no

Volunteer Types
  • Dental
  • Senior Citizens
  • Nutrition
  • Medicine
  • Human Rights
  • Hospital
  • Health Care
  • Health
  • Gender Issues
  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Community Development
  • AIDS
Typical Volunteer
Love Volunteers welcomes all who wish to volunteer and give their time and energy to help improve the lives of others in a developing country. Whilst some programs require specific education, qualifications and experience, all applicants must first and foremost have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive 'can-do' attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!
Age Range
18-25, 25-35, 35+
This Program is open to

Asian, Worldwide, Kiwi, South African, Australian, Canadian, European, American Participant. This Program is also open to Couples and Individuals.

Typical Living Arrangements
  • Home-stays

Participants Travel to Guatemala

Independently or in Groups

Application Process Involves
  • Online Application
  • Resume
Typically The Application Process Time is
48 hours
Post Services Include
  • Alumni Network
  • Exit Debriefing Abroad
Year Founded

2009

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