Take care of the patients, playing, singing, walking with them, do activities to stimulate their senses
This project takes care for people who need special attention and treatment. It is located in a suburb of Antigua in Guatemala. The center is part of a nursing home for people with physical and/or mental disabilities. In the home live about 70 patients, including children, teenagers, and some adults who are wheelchair-bound. The centre has a nurse, doctor, dentist, and a couple of physiotherapists. The main aspect of the volunteers work is to give the residents of the centre a good day with stimulating activities to increase their emotional, physical, and intellectual development.
Volunteers are a vital part of the centre and its success because there is a lack of staff in health care system in Guatemala.
In this project you will be working to support the nursing staff in their daily work and routines, one major part of the job is trying to make the patients smile.
On a typical working day you will work with children, this means that you play with them, feed and bathe them, make their beds, accompany them to daily excursions, and invent educational activities to stimulate their senses and motor skills.
You may also be able to work in the physiotherapy department where you assist the physiotherapist during the trainings with the patient. In addition, you may do some repairs, such as repairing the wheelchairs.
You can discuss your work priorities with your volunteer coordinator on-site and, depending on prior knowledge and interests, you will be sent to the appropriate area of responsibility.