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Health Care and Social Work Assistant

Give care and attention to patients, administration of medications, project work

The project

In this volunteer project you will be supporting a medical facility in Guatemala by giving sick people from the local community your time and affection. You will either be working in a bigger medical home or a small community health centre. If you have a preference on one of these do not hesitate to ask. 

These centres care for the people who live in the surrounding areas of Antigua. Usually there are two doctors, one in the morning and one in the evening. Doctors treat a variety of different diseases and ailments, they usually offer medications at low prices for the people. 

There is also a different placement offered within the medical home, it is not a hospital but a home for poor people with diseases, the majority of patients are abandoned children and people without family nor financial resources. There are many different areas to choose to work in for this job such as the ward for malnutrition, children with disabilities, the elderly, and/or the ward for babies and children.

This project is perfect for someone who is studying medicine and also nurses. 

Your work 

You will either be working in a large hospital with hundreds of patients or a small health care centre either way both centres have lots to of work to do. 

On this project your typical day to day tasks willl include: talking to patients, playing with children, participating in activities, assisting nurses and doctors with any help they need. 

If you have some medical knowledge you can help with the distribution of medication, weighing, measuring and taking the temperature of babies and children. Also, you can educate the patients on topics such as hygiene, health and nutrition.



Suitable for

Singles
Couples
50+

Program Requirements

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).
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Medical knowledge or experience in the health sector are a plus.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 17:00

Any questions? Just ask. We at South America Inside are happy to help you.

Contact Project Coordinator

Free-time activities

In your spare time there are many different activities to choose from such as an array of sights and museums around the city which helps in understanding the culture. Many volunteers go out to the various bars and restaurants to socialize with friends.

Concert/Music
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation
Contact & Reservation
$220
/week
$220
/week
2 - 25
weeks
2 - 25
weeks
18+
age
18+
age
Airport Pickup
Housing
Food
Internet
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Feb
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Jul
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Oct
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Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of application documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accommodation Home stay or Guesthouse | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service | Certificate of participation | Application fee

Accommodation

One option is to stay with a host families. This will allow you to indulge in the culture getting to know traditional ways, you will have a private bedroom but shared bathroom and living areas, the homestay is only a bus journey away from the volunteer site.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Full board is provided when staying with a host family (3 meals per day except on sundays)

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Costs (Prices in USD)
2 weeks (min. stay)
$635.00
3 weeks
$740.00
4 weeks
$845.00
25 weeks (max. stay)
$3,050.00
Average fees
$220.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 2 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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 South America Inside during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in Guatemala

Check out first

Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for Guatemala. Please check the visa regulations for Guatemala.
Travel Seasons
Find out the best time to volunteer in Guatemala and receive information on weather and climatic conditions.
Living Costs
Living costs vary with each destination. We give an overview of what you should plan as an estimated budget to volunteer in Guatemala.
Budgeting
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Guatemala.

What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is La Aurora (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in Guatemala you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Guatemala.
Free-time
What can you do in leisure-time in Guatemala while you are not working at your volunteer opportunity?
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