Medical/Public Health Assistant

Spend time in some of Buenos Aires' best clinics, hospitals, and public health research institutions, supporting both patients and nursing staff!

About the Program

This placement focuses on improving the health and nutrition of some of the most impoverished areas of Buenos Aires. Interns will be expected to raise awareness in the communities, to mothers, children and mothers to be about the importance of a balanced diet and the risks of stunted development for children who are malnourished. In this position it will be important to be able to conduct presentations that are informative in order to improve the lives of those living in the villas. Participants will be responsible for assisting staff members in evaluating the health and nutrition of children in the villas, up keep of materials needed for evaluations, as well as encouraging families to attend regular health checkups. 

Your tasks

As a volunteer in this program, you will gather data and study community and clinical health challenges, including both large-scale pandemics and rare illnesses. You may have the chance to observe surgeries and attend rounds with staff, as well as assisting with public health outreach and education. Gain insight into the field of international health, and build teamwork and collaboration abilities. This is an excellent opportunity for current or recent students who are committed to health education or professionals looking for a short term program.

Through the volunteering experience, language abilities will improve tremendously and participants will be surprised how quickly they pick up on day-to-day conversation. In order to get a leg up at the start of the program, volunteers may choose to enroll in a short Spanish language course provided by Mente Argentina.

Your benefits

Program coordinators from Mente Argentina provide pickup from the airport and 24 hour assistance to make sure your stay in Buenos Aires runs smoothly without any problems. We pay close attention to put interns in positions that match their abilities and interests, and give them support through the process of applying. The weekly outings and societal activities we offer help participants become familiar with and understand the Argentine lifestyle and really feel like a part of the community. You will heighten your global familiarity and get a better idea of the culture of Latin America through cross-cultural understanding. And last but not least, you get to know and pursue a unified goal with people from all over the world to achieve a collective goal and make friends for a lifetime.

Suitable for

Couples
Singles

Typical day

A typical day for a volunteer includes some hours of volunteering paired with free Mente activities in order to get to know Buenos Aires and socialize with other participants.

In the morning, the volunteer usually meets with the volunteer coordinator and their fellow volunteers and start the day together, organizing their activities and schedules. The work takes place in hospitals where volunteers can shadow and assist medical staff depending on their qualification, as well as schools and other public spaces where volunteers are raising awareness and informing the locals about measures of prevention, the importance of a healthy nutrition and many other topics. After traveling home to their apartments or host families, the volunteers can enjoy their free time and join the free Mente Argentina activities such as city tours, happy hours and meet ups. 

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Education Requirements
at Highschool level
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

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Free-time activities

Activities included in the program fee (at no extra charge): 
- Buenos Aires City Tour 
- Tigre and Delta Tour 
- La Boca, San Telmo & Puerto Madero Tour 
- Tango Lessons 
- La Bomba Percussion show 
- Buenos Aires Pub Crawl 
- Buenos Aires Graffiti 
- Mente Argentina Nights & Many more

Concert/Music
Museum/Opera
Sports

Services

What's included?
The indicated fees include the stay in a student residence. It is possible to stay in a shared apartment, homestay or a private apartment instead. The fees for those vary as indicated in the accommodation description below. 
Other included services are:
- Official International Volunteer Certificate granted by Mente Argentina
- Exclusive Accommodation in the best areas of Buenos Aires: Palermo, Belgrano, Barrio Norte or
Recoleta (all utilities and expenses included)
- 1 Week of Intensive Spanish Lessons (Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm).
- Full access to Mente Argentina Tours & Activities
- Private Airport Pick Up
- Private Airport Drop Off
- Welcome Orientation
- Mente Argentina Welcome Kit (calling card, insider's city guide, maps, and more)
- Health Club Membership: Free Gym membership included
- Mente Argentina ISIC Global Discount Card
- Tango Lessons
- Conversation Language Exchange Partner
- Mente Argentina On-site assistance & Support Services 24/7
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

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.
Airport Pickup

Our driver will pick up the volunteer at one of the two local airports, EZE or AEP. The driver will be informed about the arrival time and flight number and double check the arrival time. He will wait for the volunteer in the arrival area right customs with a sign with the volunteer's name. The driver will bring the volunteer to his accommodation and will be in contact with the local coordinators who will meet the volunteer upon arrival.

Accommodation

All of our accommodation options are located in the most exclusive neighborhoods in Buenos Aires such as Palermo, Belgrano, Barrio Norte or Recoleta, close to public transportation, so that you can safely and easily navigate the city during your stay. 

Student Residence/ Shared Apartment/ Homestay/ Private Apartment

4 Weeks USD 1.340 USD 1.440 USD 1.490 USD 1.840
8 Weeks USD 2.190 USD 2.390 USD 2.490 USD 3.080
12 Weeks USD 2.990 USD 3.290 USD 3.440 USD 4.320
16 Weeks USD 3.790 USD 4.140 USD 4.340 USD 5.490

*Please feel free to ask us about special discounts for groups or longer stays

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

With the student residence housing option there is an optional meal plan available.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1340
5 weeks
$1544
6 weeks
$1748
7 weeks
$1953
10 weeks
$2565
12 weeks
$2973
16 weeks (max. stay)
$3790

You can volunteer at the project site in Buenos Aires/Argentina between 4 weeks and 16 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Mente Argentina will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$286/week
Deposit (20%)
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 (80%)
Your final payment must be made up to 30 days before to the volunteer program starts. This payment is also securely handled by PayPal or credit card.

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Budgeting
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What's next?

Airport
The nearest airport is Ezeiza Ministro Pistarini (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.
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