If you are an undergraduate studying biology, chemistry or any of the sciences and are considering a career in medicine this is the ideal program for you. This program is as much about learning about universal health care, as it is to offer hands on assistance to the local medical staff who you will be working with Kathmandu. Having this experience is a great way to strengthen your resume and application to medical/nursing/PA school.
You will be able to rotate through departments at a busy orthopedic hospital. For in-patient care there are 75 beds, including 6 beds for post-operative patients. Out-patient department sees about 100 patients daily. Volunteers may have the chance to scrub in and observe surgery. The most common being general trauma surgery, pediatric clubfoot surgery, spinal surgeries, arthroscopy, and hand, foot and ankle surgeries which are done routinely by the surgical team.
You will have the opportunity to assess, participate, and have your hands on different procedures under the supervision of a dental professional. The dental department at this hospital carry on procedures in operative, endodontics, extraction, cleaning prophylaxis, oral hygienist, education on promotion and prevention in oral health, root canals, tooth extraction, accompanying maxillofacial professionals and orthodontists in operation rooms. The average number of patients per professional per day is 27, organized more campaigns in oral health and thus improve oral status of the population.
Volunteers with advanced Spanish and medical/nursing training are needed and welcome in this La Mesa hospital. The hospital daily patients vary from 200-300 people.
Poor health conditions and poverty is a vicious cycle seen in many developing countries. Poverty causes poor health in that without proper resources, treatable diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and others contribute to disability and mortality within Ghana. Given the limited resources it is difficult for the hardworking staff to provide basic health care for everyone in the area.
Volunteer in a dental clinic in Kathmandu. Nepali people oral hygiene is much poorer than the developed nation. People are very less concerned about the dental hygiene which results in various sever dental problems. Dental treatment is also consider as a very expensive treatment.
Volunteers with medical/nursing training are welcome to join this project. You will be assigned to a local registered medical professional/staff (trainer). To participate in a medical mission you must submit a copy of your certifications, or letter from their medical/nursing school confirming enrollment.
The hospital was founded in 1973. This public hospital offers the best service and technology of all public hospitals in Quito. It provides services for all areas of health to people who don´t have any medical insurance.
There are thousands of adults and child around the world who lack proper oral healthcare. Volunteers are welcome in the dental department of a large public run hospital in La Ceiba, Honduras. Work along side the skilled staff in the dentist clinic and have the opportunity to observe a variety of dental procedures.
Volunteers with professional credentials, or those currently enrolled in medical/nursing school are welcome at a busy health clinic in Moshi. The clinic is located within walking distance of the volunteer accommodations. Here, patient count can vary averaging about 100 per day. Since this center lack modern facilities and has limited staff this is a challenging placement and a great learning environment. The clinic has about 12 full time workers including clinicians, nurses and medical attendants. Volunteer hours between 8:00am-6:00pm daily.
Unfortunately, the public health care system in Honduras is one of the worst in Latin America. Fortunately in La Ceiba the recently opened Public Hospital is trying to serve the most impoverished people in the community. Since there are very few affordable hospitals even most middle class families use the Public hospitals. However, medically trained healthcare professionals and students are needed since the hospital is still poorly-equipped and under staffed.
Clinical placements are based in public hospitals, small clinics, and a regional hospital in Cusco. Volunteers seeking a hands on "clinical" experience are required to be healthcare professionals or currently enrolled medical/nursing/dental students - and provide us their credentials or current enrollment status information. As a medical/nurse/dental volunteer you should expect to shadow, as well as have some hands on work. Expect to be part of a team. These program are as much about learning about universal health care, as it is to offer hands on assistance to the local medical staff who you will be working with.
In Guatemala there are networks of public health centers offering free of charge care. One of these centers is located in the town of Xela. Volunteer in an outpatient environment which caters to poor families living in Xela. Spanish speaking volunteers with a health back ground (medical/nursing students, EMT) are welcome. Patients see vary between 200-300 per day.
Experienced professionals (medical/nursing) as well as 3rd/4th year medical/nursing students are welcome. In Kathmandu we are partners with a general, community hospital (nonprofit) that serves the poor. The patients are primarily from rural villages. The hospital is quite busy with a caseload of approximately 200 per day. This is a full-service hospital and you will rotate all phases of care and all departments including a remarkable change to scrub-in and observe surgery.
Volunteers needed in support of two health centers in the Bulenga community. These health facilities offer maternity services and diagnosis, treatment of malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, as well as provide contraceptive services, immunization for infants, antenatal care, ultrasound scan services, and HIV/AIDS counseling and testing. Volunteer will also be able to participate in health education focused on providing expectant and nursing teen mothers who visit these health centers. Main topics include family planning and reproductive health, dietary nutrition for babies, and prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS. Weekly immunization services are provided at the health center, as well as some outreach into remote village areas.
Experienced professionals and medical/nursing students are placed in a public community clinic (Centro de Salud) which serves about 150-200 patients per day. The staff consist of 35 professionals in different areas of general medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, hospitalization, emergency ER, cardiology and lab.
The culture of the Philippines is a combination of Asian and Spanish influence. The people are an ethnic mix of Malay, Chinese, Spanish, American, and Indian. Since the Spaniards dominated the Philippines for over 300 years, many of their traditions, and holidays originate from the Spaniards. Over 90% of the country is Christian and 80% of these are Catholics. Local feasts for patron saints are some of the popular catholic celebrations. Religion plays an important role in the lives of the Filipinos.
Volunteer at a busy community clinic in the Chelston area of Lusaka. Experienced health care professionals as well as medical/nursing students are welcome to support the in- patient services at the clinic. Patient count can vary from day to day. However volunteers will have a physician to shadow and work with. Volunteers need to bring their own medical equipment, gloves, lab coat, medical scrubs and appropriate shoes. As a medical/nurse/dental volunteer you should expect to shadow, as well as have some hands on work. Expect to be part of a team. These program are as much about learning about universal health care, as it is to offer hands on assistance to the local medical staff who you will be working with.
All volunteers are required to pay US$70 administrative fee for clinical placement. This extra fee is collected and paid locally to the ABV staff in Lusaka.
Volunteers with professional credentials, or those currently enrolled in medical/nursing school are welcome at a district hospital outside of Arusha. Patient count can vary from day to day. Since many health centers lack modern facilities, or have broken equipment and lack of staff, the placements are very challenging. However volunteers will have a physician to shadow and work with. Volunteers need to bring their own medical equipment, gloves, lab coat, medical scrubs and appropriate shoes.
Volunteers support the work at a local health clinic or the regional hospital. Health care volunteer placements are open to all professionals including doctors, physicians assistants, nurses and EMT. As a medical volunteer you will work with local staff in support of the health care efforts. There is a wide variety of cases but disease such as malaria, HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and syphilis, as well as childbirth/maternity needs are most common.
In Guatemala there are networks of public health centers offering free of charge care. One of these centers is located in the town of Alotenango, located about 6 miles outside of Antigua. This is a fully outpatient environment and caters to poor families living in this rural community. Health care trained volunteers, and medical mission groups are welcome. Spanish speaking volunteers with a health back ground (medical/nursing students, EMT) are welcome.
A Broader View Volunteer (ABV) allows every traveler to choose their own program start date. This means you can arrive on any flight, any day of the week. Since ABV program fees are 100% tax deductible* we encourage you to fund raise. ABV offers advice and assistance with flight planning, affordable travel insurance, as well as procuring a visa, if necessary. Our ABV staff is available to any your questions. Contact us by email, through the on-line chat feature on our website or call us toll free at 866-423-3258.