HEALTH PROGRAMS IN LATIN AMERICA. VOLUNTEER OR INTERNSHIP (According Spanish level)
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by Voluntario Global
Times of day
Part time (10-30 hrs/wk)
The position is ideal for a person interested in working with a community health center focus in health promotion and prevention.
This Health Center has many medical specialties, but they also give a lot of importance to preventive medicine and the promotion of health in the neighborhood. The doctors and nurses organize campaigns and workshops for the community; visit their homes in order to understand the social and economical root of health issues, and to help more effectively.
Volunteer's tasks will depend on their commitment and interests, anyway, volunteers will start as spectators so they can learn how the health center and the professionals work. All areas, activities, and workshops are open to the volunteer who can participate both in the activities inside the center and those carried out in the field according to their interests. Moreover, volunteers learn a lot about the Argentine Health System, how to work in a team different from what you learn in universities, you can share your own knowledge as well as learn a lot from the people you share your experience with
For this reason, an intermediate level of Spanish is required, so that the volunteer can become more involved with those who work in the center and with the community. It is imperative that the volunteer develops an outlook of communicating with people, taking into account that this is an institution that serves the community and that their concern is to understand the people living there and their health problems.
Why is this project important for the community?
This health center has a comprehensive concept of "health" that goes beyond the biological fact of the illness. Health is understood as a process affected by various causes, including poverty. Therefore, doctors work in an interdisciplinary way, as a team, that integrates the different specialties for better care. Furthermore, they work to promote community participation in preventing and finding solutions.
Along these lines, the health center works in an integral way with the neighborhood without leaving aside the context of the population to which it serves. This perspective seeks to break with the idea of the doctor as the owner of the truth and tries to demonstrate that scientific knowledge along with popular knowledge can have a greater impact and better results.
Among the specialties that the center includes are: Pediatrics, general medicine, gynecology, obstetrics, odontology, psychology, social work, nutrition, psychopedagogy, and nursing. They also organize different workshops and activities for the community.
What is Voluntario Global NGO?
We define ourselves as community builders. A community builder supports a community and the individuals who are part of it, discovering what is strong about them and helping to work towards improvement, development and growth. We define ourselves as community builders because we work alongside local organizations as they develop and grow, putting emphasis on the fact that no person is more nor less important than another and that we are all equals working together. Volunteers, coordinators and organizations connect and unite to achieve a common goal in local development.
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Project opportunities in Buenos Aires, Argentina:
- Health Promotion and Preventing Center in Suarez
- Health Center in Ramos Mejia
- Center for Prevention and Primary Care
- Training Provided
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Fee includes: Placement + Accommodation. Pre departure information. In country coordination. Tutoring and Exchange Volunteer Meetings.
Apply for a Grant with Voluntario Global
Applications are now open to volunteer with us in 2018!
The grant will give you USD500 to use in any of our long term (8 weeks or more) program + accommodation (without meals). You will need to pay for the remaining of the total cost.
Our volunteer programs provide pre-departure support, program orientation upon arrival, weekly follow-up, accommodation, and 24/7 support.
Grant applications will close on November 1 2018.