Guatemala

Partner: A Broader View Volunteers
Specialties Needed: EMT’s, Medical & Dental Students, Nurses, and many others
Program Cost & Application Fee: $950
Estimated Economy Airfare: $600-$900

About A Broader View Volunteers: A Broader View is a USA based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They offer a unique medical immersion experience for volunteers with flexible dates and length of trips. Volunteers can choose trips that range from one week to two months. Spanish language immersion options are available as well. Finding a location, project, and date to volunteer with these projects is up to the individual and A Broader View is available to help individuals and groups navigate this process.

About the country: The western highlands of Guatemala are a magical place. Surrounded by volcanos, colorful markets, historic streets, the city of Quetzaltenango is the second largest city in Guatemala. Many people live in poverty and are often affected by very treatable diseases. Poor hygiene, malnutrition, and limited health facilities make good healthcare an uphill battle in Guatemala. Volunteers will work in the Centro de Salud, assist local medical staff with taking vitals, educating on hygiene and nutrition, conduct maternity welfare checks, distributing medication, or taking patient records. Project visits to children’s and woman shelter for outreach can be organized.

About the clinic:  Medical providers will be working at the main Centro de Salud in Xela. In public health service under normal conditions is 20 patients a day. In Quetzaltenango, there is a deficit of doctors and staff in general that provide care to patients who come to the health post. The focus is the treatment of common diseases, care of births, accidents, or other diseases where specialties are required. The most important causes of human morbidity are acute rhinopharyngitis (common cold), acute unspecified tonsillitis, acute laryngopharyngitis and intestinal parasitosis, common cold, acute tonsillitis, diarrhea and anemia. Volunteers will learn about the current healthcare system in Guatemala while aiding the local medical staff.

ABV Programs Include: Homestay accommodations, transportation to/from Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango, 3 meals per day, airport transfers on arrival/departure, cultural activities and optional tours available.

If you are interested in more information or are thinking about applying for this trip, please contact the Making a Difference Foundation staff through the button below or call us at 866.608.1322.

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