Gain invaluable hands-on experience, working side-by-side with medical staff at the local hospital. This opportunity will give you an insight into the setting up and running of a hospital on a daily basis. As the hospital is still modernizing there are many challenges faced and there are realities not often seen in developed countries. Therefore this project not only provides you with responsibility for patients, it allows you to broaden your perspective by working in a hospital in a developing country where you will be faced with the stark realities of the disparities between medical practice in the developed and developing world.
Furthermore, you can gain experience in a range of different departments within the hospital, such as: Maternity, Emergency, Pediatry, Integral Attention & Prevention for HIV, Tuberculosis, Diabetic and Uterine Cancer as well as the administration and management.
Activities can include but are not limited to:
Your level of involvement will largely depend upon your professional and Spanish language skills, as well as your motivation and willingness to get involved. You will be creating your own work schedule with the departmental director and relaying this back to us. In order to gain the most out of your experience, or if you have a specific healthcare goal, please contact us in a timely fashion to discuss your options in greater detail.
* Observe, shadow, and assist doctors and nurses with their work
* Participate in patient care: comfort patients and assist in examining patients
* Observe, shadow and assist medics and paramedics at their work
* Provide ambulance support when needed
* Assist, teach and encourage prevention, hygiene and check-ups
* Assist developing educational materials and engagement strategies for various prevention programs using Multi-Media means
* Assist with Hospital administration tasks and help improve procedures and workflow
* Assist with improving hospital resources management and hospital waste management and administration
* Assist with domiciliary health services, assistance, hygiene and information
* Observe, shadow and develop skills in the field while assisting in delivering treatment, diagnosis, and health education to locals
* Spend time with specialists when available and if participants’ skills allow
* Some volunteers may also choose to teach English to the doctors
* Current projects, which volunteers may wish to join, include: a zika information and prevention program and the education of mothers-to-be on the importance of considering breast feeding as part of an ongoing UNICEF project.
We expect our volunteers and interns to dedicate a minimum of four hours/ four days per week and a maximum of eight hours/ five days per week working in their respective programs. Volunteers/interns usually come by themselves or with their partner to our foundation. Volunteers/interns under 18 need to bring a written permission from their parents or guardians. We welcome individual volunteers, families and groups regardless of background. You don't have to speak fluent Spanish; we provide free Spanish classes on a regular base, full support and 24/7 back up.
These programs are suitable for medical students with free holiday time, pre-university students, students taking - or planning to take - specialist medical courses such as biomedical science, nursing and physiotherapy as well as professionals. The key requirements for a medical volunteer or intern are initiative, enthusiasm, and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances. If volunteers have more specialized skills, this will allow for more specialized activities. Please provide a recent "statement of fitness to work in healthcare"! Basic conversational Spanish skills are required and the more advanced your level of experience and Spanish language skills, the larger the number of opportunities available. To allow for deeper engagement with your placement we also offer 6 free Spanish language lessons every week allowing for an enhanced experience as a volunteer/intern with us. Additionally, it is asked that you provide your own scrubs.
An extra donation of €30 per week is required which will go directly to the hospital administration to support needy patients with medicines and medical materials.
A minimum of 4 weeks commitment is required
Volunteer placement or internship
This program can be booked as a volunteer placement or as an internship. Please let us know your school or universities internship requirements and we will work out your personalized work plan.
Costs & Benefits
Aldeas de Paz works hard to keep the required financial contribution to an absolute minimum and to offer financial transparency by practicing an open book policy. The calculation of your minimum donation is set up so that the longer you stay the less you give per week. We do this to encourage longer stays, recognizing that longer stays lead to more significant volunteer work and more energy contributed in the form of donated time in place of money! The minimum contribution starts at € 100 per week including double room accommodation at our Aldeas de Paz Guesthouse. For single room add € 20 per week, for fully equipped studio apartment add € 25 per week to the rate. Minimum donation for the Host Family stay is € 180 per week and includes a private bedroom and two meals (breakfast and lunch).
Spanish Language immersion classes - Volunteers or Interns receive 6 free language lessons every week. Classes focus on developing communication skills so that students are able to put their knowledge to practical use as soon as they step outside the classroom. Our teaching method enables students to develop four basic skills: listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing. The idea is to learn Spanish in a natural and spontaneous way, just as students have learned their mother tongue. Our students speak Spanish right from the very first day, using it in typical real-life situations: the basic syllabus is supplemented by special exercises, such as role-play, situational dialogues and work projects. Outside the classroom the learning process continues as you are immersed in the Spanish language and culture.
What you may donate to the hospital:
White bandages, common medicine, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory (such as Ibuprofen), cotton wool, hypodermic syringes 20 cc, 10 cc, hospital scrubs for surgeons, basic surgical equipment, green operation cloth, medical gloves
What you may bring for yourself:
Blood pressure testing kit, scrubs or appropriate work attire (mandatory), hand sanitizer
Contact Person: Manfred Mönnighoff; Project/charity name: Fundación Aldeas de Paz; Address: Santa Barbara de Samana, Dominican Republic, Tel: +1 829 7055 123; E-Mail: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; Webpage: http://www.peacevillages.org; Facebook: http://www.facebook/AldeasdePaz; Twitter: @AldeasDePaz; YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/Peacevillages
- Physician Assistant
Good Match For
Teens People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- A minimum of 4 weeks is required
- The key requirements are initiative, enthusiasm, and readiness to work in unfamiliar circumstances