Medicina y Salud in Guatemala

This country of big contrasts could perfectly be a fairy-tale land!

The highlands, inhabited mostly by the descendants of the original Mayas still treasure the ancient ruins of that enigmatic civilization. This family oriented aboriginal people, though sometimes timid, are very warm and friendly.

The exuberant rainforests, pinewoods, the rivers and lakes; are the home of a wide variety of wildlife species. The thirty-three volcanoes (of which three are active) scattered along the Andes mountain range of Central America add a gloomy and mysterious atmosphere to this enchanted lands.

On the coastal areas you will find many colonial cities and villages along with modern urban centers. The Pacific coast is also blessed with the beauty characteristic of the Caribe and marine and coastal flora and fauna ma leave you breathless with astonishment.

CW community programs offer our volunteers a unique opportunity to share the daily life of Guatemalans and to improve their Spanish language skills, while partaking in a variety of activities that better the living conditions of this hospitable people and help preserve their beautiful natural landscapes and wildlife.

Volunteer programs in Guatemala begin with an intensive Spanish course either in the colonial capital, Antigua or in a small town nearby.

 

CW Programs in Guatemala are:

 

-Child daycare program.

-Women empowerment programs.

-Teaching programs.

-Micro finances programs.

-Health programs.

-Preservation programs.

-Agriculture program.

What’s included in our fair-cost policy?

 

All our programs include a fixed price Registration Fee of US$249 and a Program Fee that varies according to the duration of the program and the services included.

 

The Registration Fee covers the costs of all that Connecting Worlds has to do in order to organise the experience in an efficient manner and offer each participant a quality program. These costs include marketing, staff salaries, travel costs of staff who visit and inspect each of the programs on offer and Connecting Worlds’ solidarity fund among others. We need this fee just to sustain the organization.

 

The Program Fee is the total cost of everything related to the services that the volunteer will be able to take advantage of upon arrival to the destination of their choice. For example, accommodation, meals, transfers, the donation made to the volunteer project, welcome orientation and constant 24/7 support. The payment for this fee goes directly to the country in which the volunteer will be stationed, directly benefiting the local community. It’s a fee which helps organisations that work in the country associated with the program at hand to move forwards with their projects and generate work opportunities for the local community.

 

Thanks to our fair-cost policy, the volunteer benefits from not having to pay high fees and our local partners benefit from being able to invest in their projects and keep things moving forwards. Connecting Worlds also benefits from keeping the costs of its programs as low as possible because we get the opportunity to support local communities and make a difference in our own small but important way.

 

Health programs

Public health: Guatemala counts with approximately eight hundred government and military-sponsored Health Posts spread all over the country, that provide local communities with preventive and curative medical care.

Volunteers for this program will travel with a team of medical professionals to different Posts in the highlands region and assist them visiting patients and participate in educational outreach programs designed to instruct local people on basic hygiene and health good habits.

Medical programs: This program deals with education promotion, prevention and treatment; and as a volunteer you’ll assist local professionals in and outside the clinic. You’ll be assigned with tasks suited to your experience and expertise on the medical field.

This program offers an excellent opportunity for all those actively involved in the medical field to learn about this country’s health system, exchange views and opinions and lend a useful pair of hands!

Minimum duration for this program is four weeks and high-intermediate to advanced level of Spanish language skills is required.

HIV / AIDS program: This is a field program aimed to know the real situation of local communities in regard to this specific disease. Volunteers will help design and promote awareness and educational campaigns and evaluate their impact. They may also be required to participate or lead activities and workshops designed to create awareness and to promote prevention.

 

Physical therapy and Psychology: Volunteers with an appropriate background in Psychology can help evaluate mentally handicapped children and suggest treatment strategies. They can also provide the children’s families  with contention and advice to improve their life quality.

Volunteers with a physiotherapeutic background  can assist members of the local staff in a variety of tasks according to their skills and experience, and the specific needs of the professionals and patients present in the clinic at the time of the volunteers participation in the program.

The health program internships are only available to health professionals and medical students at their last year of medical school.

However, some internships opportunities for medical students that have completed their first year of medical school, nursing school and physiotherapy school may be available on request.

Pre-medical students cannot apply for these programs.

Volunteers for these internships need to have an advanced level of Spanish language skills and command of medical terminology in this language.

 

Program Fees:

Volunteer duration Program Fee USD*/Homestay with 2 meals
2 weeks 562
3 weeks 692
4 weeks 888
5 weeks 1012
6 weeks 1136
7 weeks 1260
8 weeks 1384
Wildlife/Construction/Extra p/week 55

 

Please note: All Volunteer programs in Guatemala attract a refundable*Registration Fee of USD 249 on top of the program Fee.  If you want another type of volunteer program without the accommodation and the meals included for example, please contact us directly. We will be happy to personalize your program.  You can calculate the value of your currency in US dollar using this currency convertor.

 

*Please read our refund policy.

 

What do my fees pay for?

 

Registration Fee:  Support and guidance from CW staff, program marketing costs, pre-departure assistance, CW Solidarity Fund, administration costs, staff salary, travel costs to inspect programs and communication costs with volunteers.

 

Program Fee:  Accommodation and 2 meals per day during volunteer program period, airport pick-up, orientation, transportation to language school and volunteer project site, program supervision, in-country 24/7 volunteer support and in-country administration costs.

 

What’s no included:  Air tickets,International Insurance against sickness, accident and 3er party liability. In addition to providing health insurance, the plan must cover medical evacuation and repatriation, Vaccinations, transfer back to the airport at conclusion of program, Certificate of Good conduct, Visa, Local travels and Personal expenses. Our participants in Guatemala generally find USD 70 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses.