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Santa Marta, El Salvador, is a rural community that re-established itself in the early 1990s after living in a Honduran refugee camp during the civil war. With some support from DGH, their community members have developed a number of innovative programs that include youth work using theater and performance to promote HIV prevention, promotion of LGBT acceptance, and incarceration education; a community-based organic farming cooperative; a rehabilitation center offering massage, yoga, and stress reduction; and community health promotion through support of a community health worker. Volunteers are needed to support health promotion work outside of the clinic (educational projects, work with the health promoters), to teach and assist with grant writing and project evaluation, to teach art, and to work with the local group COCOSI around theatre and performance. The group that promotes understanding of the community’s history through tours and education would like volunteers to teach them English and computer skills. Physiotherapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, yoga instructors, and body work practitioners are also needed.
Grant Writing / Research
English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
Counseling / Mental Health
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
at least 3 months preferred
Spanish, willingness to immerse into the community