Internships in the Medical Field

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Work as a Medical Intern in Guatemala. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Solteros y solteras
Parejas
50+

Medical internship placements are in assisted living facilities, small local clinics, or hospitals. Interns always work one-on-one with a staff member, assisting or shadowing, while at the placement.

Placements require a strong intermediate level of Spanish.

Medical interns should understand that independence in the work will be determined by:

  • Level of training and demonstrated expertise
  • Level of Spanish language skills
  • Ability to take initiative and build chemistry with patients and staff

Possible tasks for Medical Interns include:

  • Aid in physical examinations, including taking vitals, height and weight, and medical history
  • Assist with processing, reporting, and interpreting laboratory tests
  • Observe and aid in patient consultations and prescribing medications
  • Observe injections, sutures, and suture removal
  • Aid in obstetric check-ups and consultations, as well as family planning services
  • Evaluate the physical and neurological development of patients
  • Prepare and sterilize equipment and materials for exams and procedures
  • Organize patient medical files

As part of the internship program, participants receive 1 hour of private Spanish lessons every day, Monday to Friday. The classes can be personalized to the level and work schedule, and focuses on vocabulary relevant to the internship placement. 

Our Native Spanish Program is taught by experienced, certified, native Spanish instructors. Maximo Nivel uses the Communicative Method of language teaching, which is focused primarily on immersive, spoken interaction as a means of learning. For this reason, please note that teachers speak only in Spanish 100% of the time during class.

All interns are required to submit weekly journals and a final deliverable.

Internships os less than 8 weeks require either a 10-20 page written paper or a 1-hour PowerPoint presentation. Internships of 8 weeks or longer require both a 10-20 page written paper and a 1-hour PowerPoint presentation.

Final Deliverables are expected to cover the following:

  • Overview of the medical facility you worked with and your role
  • Organization review
  • Sector analysis in host or home country
  • Analysis of obstacles incurred
  • Outcomes/results

Please be aware that activities vary based on the needs of the medical facility. It is crucial to have realistic expectations, as there are inherent limitations to working abroad in the medical field. In some cases only shadowing, rather than independent work with patients, is possible for those with medical qualifications from other countries.

Interns are always supported by Maximo Nivel’s in-country coordinators, but they are not with them at the placement every day. Please be prepared for some independence and leadership.

Internship placements are located in the Antigua area. Walking or taking the bus is the most effective and cheapest way to get to and from the placement. Travel time varies widely from project to project, and interns should expect to spend 20-60 minutes traveling each way. Taxis are also widely available. On the first day at the internship, participants travel on local transport with a Maximo Nivel representative who provides all the necessary information on how to get there and back. Local bus rides are very affordable and a one way trip typically costs Q8 (about $1) or less, but may cost more if the project is further outside Antigua. 

Typical day

Working hours vary by placement, but interns can expect to work 4-6 hours per day, Monday to Friday. Daily 1-hour Spanish classes are Monday to Friday, and they may have additional planning or tasks to do outside of work. Weekends are free to relax, explore, travel, or do any independent work you have.

Free-time activities

There is plenty to see and do around La Antigua including cultural events, tours and treks, and exploring the various markets. Our local staff also posts a monthly events calendar to let participants know of the activities going on around Maximo. Just outside of La Antigua, there is even more to explore including nearby coffee farms, volcanoes, and both Mayan and colonial ruins. Further outside the area, participants can visit beautiful Lake Atitlán, Semuc Champey, and the famous Tikal archaeological site. Our staff are experts on Guatemala and can answer any questions clients have. Tours and trips can also easily be booked through our on-site travel partner.

Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Requi­sitos

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Servicios incluidos

Services by Maximo Nivel

Our fees include:

- Airport pick-up
- Host family accommodations (private room with breakfast and dinner)
- Spanish classes (5 hours of lessons/week)
- Program and safety orientation
- Walking tour
- Official certificate of internship
- Emergency contact number 24/7
- Program management
- Free Tandem Conversation Program
- Free office-wide WIFI and computer lounge
- Free social activities
- Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
- Maximo Nivel Institute open 7 days/week

Airport Pickup at La Aurora International Airport
Airport pick up in Guatemala City is included. Interns find our representative outside the airport bringing a yellow flag with a smiley face on it.
Accommodation
Interns stay in a traditional family-stay where you they are placed with a pre-approved middle class Guatemalan family. Breakfast and dinner are included in their home stay.
Guest Family
Food & Beverages
Interns have 2 meals included (breakfast and dinner) 7 days a week.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is La Aurora International Airport (GUA) in Guatemala City. We assist you to find cheap flights to Guatemala.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Guatemala provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.

Fechas y Costos

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Every Monday, all year round.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1.975
5 weeks
$2.265
6 weeks
$2.555
7 weeks
$2.845
8 weeks
$3.055
9 weeks
$3.345
10 weeks
$3.635
11 weeks
$3.925
12 weeks
$4.215
13 weeks
$4.505
14 weeks
$4.795
15 weeks
$5.085
16 weeks
$5.375
17 weeks
$5.665
18 weeks
$5.955
19 weeks
$6.245
20 weeks
$6.535
21 weeks
$6.825
22 weeks
$7.115
23 weeks
$7.405
24 weeks
$7.695
25 weeks
$7.985
26 weeks
$8.275
27 weeks
$8.565
28 weeks
$8.855
29 weeks
$9.145
30 weeks
$9.435
31 weeks
$9.725
32 weeks
$10.015
33 weeks
$10.305
34 weeks
$10.595
35 weeks
$10.885
36 weeks
$11.175
37 weeks
$11.465
38 weeks
$11.755
39 weeks
$12.045
40 weeks
$12.335
41 weeks
$12.625
42 weeks
$12.915
43 weeks
$13.205
44 weeks
$13.495
45 weeks
$13.785
46 weeks
$14.075
47 weeks
$14.365
48 weeks
$14.655
49 weeks
$14.945
50 weeks (max. stay)
$15.235
Average fees
$399 /week

Tenga en cuenta que los honorarios arriba indicados son estimados. Maximo Nivel le hará saber el precio final durante el proceso de solicitud.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Maximo Nivel during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Internships in the Medical Field

Work as a Medical Intern in Guatemala.

$399/week

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