Social Work and Health Care 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

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
18 years
Language Skills
You need to speak Spanish (intermediate level)
Health Declaration
required
Criminal Background Check
required
Education Requirements
at High School level
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

Do you have any questions concerning this volunteer opportunity in Guatemala? Volunteer World directly connects you with South America Inside

Social Work and Health Care Assistant Join in activities Learn new skills Work at small centres Help with medication Help small children

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

Services

What's included?
Consultation of our experienced staff | Translation of documents | Placement in volunteer project | Orientation on arrival | Orientation kit | Local support | 24h-Emergency Number | Accomodation Home stay or Guesthouse | Advice on travel insurance | Flight booking service | Certificate of participation | Application fee
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.
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 house is only a bus journey away from the site.
The second option where volunteers can live with other foreigners is a guest house (prices vary)

Guest Family Guesthouse Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

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

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
Costs
4 weeks (min. stay)
$815
5 weeks
$920
6 weeks
$1025
7 weeks
$1130
10 weeks
$1445
12 weeks
$1655
25 weeks (max. stay)
$3020

You can volunteer at the project site in Antigua/Guatemala between 4 weeks and 25 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. South America Inside will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
$162/week
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.
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.
Packing List
Packing our bags is important to prepare your trip, but often turns into a last minute horror. Make sure you don't forget the essentials by creating a personalised packing list for your volunteer program in Guatemala upfront.
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