Medical & Healthcare Volunteering in Guatemala - Spanish Lessons Included

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala Health & Medicine

Program

Description

Set in the western highlands of Guatemala, this project allows you to provide crucial healthcare and medical assistance to underprivileged local communities. Guatemala, known as 'The Land of Eternal Spring' has immense natural and cultural beauty. Yet, it also has one of the highest global rates of malnutrition and infant mortality. Medical facilities suffer from a lack of government funding, and rural indigenous communities are often the most neglected. In response to the country's healthcare needs, many independent organisations and charities have been set up which operate like regular hospitals, providing medical assistance to local communities. You will work closely with a fully-vetted local organisation, assisting their practitioners and seeing how day-to-day life in the Guatemalan medical environment works. Volunteers are needed from a wide range of backgrounds, from doctors and nurses, to nutritionists, dentists and project managers. Projects can be tailored to your skills and range from treating malnourished local children, to running health workshops which educate local communities on how to avoid preventable illnesses. There are also opportunities to create your own healthcare projects and volunteers are encouraged to collaborate their skills and knowledge with local staff. 25 x pre-departure Spanish lessons are included so that you can make the most out of your time abroad. Lessons are given by experienced Spanish tutors from our school, and must be taken before you leave for Guatemala. Taken through an online classroom where you can see and speak to your teacher.

Impact

Volunteers will be providing a much-needed service in communities which have limited access to healthcare and medical facilities.

Field conditions

Responsibilities will vary according to your medical background and previous experience. We will try to match you to projects which use your skills and knowledge. There are a range of areas which volunteers can be involved in, from treating malnourished families, to monitoring pregnant women and providing health education workshops. Volunteers will be working closely alongside local practitioners and there also opportunities to create your own healthcare projects.

Arrival and orientation

Upon arrival in Guatemala, volunteers will need to make their way to the city of Quetzaltenango. Airport transfers can be organised by us (not included in placement price, but can be arranged at cost price). We will hold a welcome orientation day in Quetzaltenango where you can meet our team and they will help you settle into your accommodation. They will also show you around your neighbourhood. The next day, we will take you to the organisation you will be volunteering with and introduce you to the staff you will be working with.

Your stay

Accommodation

  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Accommodation is not included in the placement price but can be arranged by us with no added fees. Your personal placement adviser will work to understand your preference, from local family home-stays to hotels, or private apartments.

Location

All accommodation options are based in centre of Quetzaltenango.

Cost

from $575 USDper week

from $575 USDper week

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What’s included

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Start dates

We are Rustom and Phiroza Marker, siblings and founders of Spanish Marks, which offers ethical volunteering placements in Guatemala. The story of Spanish Marks began in 2011 when Rustom, an avid traveller, took up a voluntary position at an NGO in Guatemala. He learnt that Guatemala has several grass-root charities which have a strong understanding of local community needs but are often overlooked for support. Along with the help of Sandy, a local Guatemalan teacher, the idea for Spanish Marks was born to connect local charities in Guatemala to volunteers across the world, with the skills and passion to make a real difference. At Spanish Marks we work to understand each volunteer’s background and interests to match them with tailored projects where they can make a lasting change and be of benefit to local communities. We believe volunteering abroad should be an immersive and inclusive experience, which is why we offer affordable placement programs which include pre-departure Spanish lessons. This allows volunteers to make the most out of their time abroad and truly immerse themselves in local life.

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