Voluntario Global

Health Promotion and Prevention Center

Buenos Aires, Argentina show on map

Non-profit | Voluntario Global

This Health Center has many medical specialties, but they also give a lot of importance to preventive medicine and the promotion of health in the neighborhood.

Highlights

The position is ideal for a person interested in working with a community health center focus in health promotion and prevention. 

This Health Center has many medical specialties, but they also give a lot of importance to preventive medicine and the promotion of health in the neighborhood. The doctors and nurses organize campaigns and workshops for the community; visit their homes in order to understand the social and economical root of health issues, and to help more effectively.

Volunteer’s Role

Volunteer's tasks will depend on their commitment and interests, anyway, volunteers will start as spectators so they can learn how the health center and the professionals work. All areas, activities, and workshops are open to the volunteer who can participate both in the activities inside the center and those carried out in the field according to their interests. Moreover, volunteers learn a lot about the Argentine Health System, how to work in a team different from what you learn in universities, you can share your own knowledge as well as learn a lot from the people you share your experience with

For this reason, an intermediate level of Spanish is required, so that the volunteer can become more involved with those who work in the center and with the community. It is imperative that the volunteer develops an outlook of communicating with people, taking into account that this is an institution that serves the community and that their concern is to understand the people living there and their health problems.

Why is this project important for the community?

This health center has a comprehensive concept of "health" that goes beyond the biological fact of the illness. Health is understood as a process affected by various causes, including poverty. Therefore, doctors work in an interdisciplinary way, as a team, that integrates the different specialties for better care. Furthermore, they work to promote community participation in preventing and finding solutions.

Along these lines, the health center works in an integral way with the neighborhood without leaving aside the context of the population to which it serves.  This perspective seeks to break with the idea of ​​the doctor as the owner of the truth and tries to demonstrate that scientific knowledge along with popular knowledge can have a greater impact and better results.

Among the specialties that the center includes are: Pediatrics, general medicine, gynecology, obstetrics, odontology, psychology, social work, nutrition, psychopedagogy, and nursing. They also organize different workshops and activities for the community.

Availability

The Health center is open from 8 to 17 from Monday to Friday. It is recommended that volunteers go during the morning, which is when most of the activities happen, but the same may change and will be agreed with the Director of the Health Center, Fernando, who will also be their coordinator in the project.

Location

This health centre is located in Jose Leon Suarez, on the outskirts of Buenos Aires. Its easily accessible through public transportation (train and buses), about one hour from Buenos Aires downtown. The first day, you visit the Institution accompanied by the volunteer's general coordinator so you can know how the get there, to be aware of the facilities and staff. Then you have a meeting with the director in order to arrange a precise schedule and activities.

Typical day

 The hours are flexible and adaptable, they will often depend on the needs of the organization each week and the availability of the volunteer. 

The Communications Team will coordinate and run their main tasks in the office located in Buenos Aires cityl. Weekly tasks are organized in two meetings each week, one on Mondays and one on Fridays to discuss what volunteers will be doing during the week and to share ideas and proposals.

Details on Arrival

This program is available all year round. For communications volunteers, there are no fixed hours per week.

Free-time activities

Volunteer can enjoy the city during the weekend. Buenos Aires offers a wide range of cultural activities: theaters, museums, concerts, etc.

Swimming
Concert/Music
Safari/Zoo
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding
Yoga/Meditation

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) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Education Requirements
Students of nursing, medicine and related careers related to health and social sciences. at University level
Required Documents
Application Form
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups

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Before your journey

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On-site services

Services by Voluntario Global

Fee includes: Placement + Accomodation. Apply for a Grant with Voluntario Global

Applications are now open to volunteer with us in 2018!

The grant will give you USD 300 to use in any of our long term (8 weeks or more) program + accommodation (without meals). You will need to pay for the remaining of the total cost.

Our volunteer programs provide pre-departure support, program orientation upon arrival, weekly follow-up, accommodation, and 24/7 support.

Applications are now open to volunteer with us in 2018! 

If you want to apply for next year, please state so in you application to be considered.

Accommodation
Feel at home in Buenos Aires

Voluntario Global works with three different accommodations in central Buenos Aires. Depending on availability and closeness to the project assigned, you will be booked in either if them. Meals are not included here, however, you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen to prepare your meals everyday. Our coordinators in Buenos Aires always make sure the accommodations are clean, confortable and respectful of our volunteers. You will be sharing a room with other volunteers and travellers from all over the world. You will also have free computers and wifi access to use. Bedsheets and towels will also be provided.

What we offer

  • Excellent location: The Residence is located, literally, in the heart of Buenos Aires.

  • Easy access: three blocks away main avenues, all very close to the Obelisco.

  • Everything you need: Located in areas plenty of transportation, shops, bars and restaurants.

  • Comfort in all rooms, single or shared.

  • Full-equipped kitchen and living room, TV, Internet.

  • Breakfast room, computers, luggage storage, tourist information.

  • Free WiFi Access in all Common Areas.

  • Laundry service (at extra cost).

Dorm Room
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. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Ministro Pistarini Airport (EZE) in Buenos Aires. We assist you to find cheap flights to Argentina.
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 Argentina provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Argentina you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Argentina.
Costs (Prices in USD)
8 weeks (min. stay)
$1,690.00
12 weeks
$2,290.00
24 weeks (max. stay)
$3,800.00
Average fees
$185.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Buenos Aires/Argentina between 8 weeks and 24 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Voluntario Global will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Argentina.
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 Voluntario Global during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Americas South America Argentina  Buenos Aires, Piedras 1178

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