Medicine and Health Program in Nicaragua

medical volunteer

The health care system of Nicaragua has a family and community approach, but despite efforts made by the government to provide a health care service that reaches all communities, there are still vulnerable communitiesunable access this service. These communities are mostly poor which face social and economic limitations

Therefore, through the voluntary medicine and health program, we seek, along with non-governmental institutions with which we work locally, to attendas many inhabitants as we can, providing daily attention both in the center and in emergencies. The lack of personnel and the excess of work mean that this program requires a number of people able to help as a volunteer.

The emergency center is located in the city of Granada, Nicaragua. Itcurrently has the collaboration of active volunteers, 3 lifeguards and 15 workers who among their possibilities and resources, try to provide the surrounding communities with medical care.

During your volunteering time in Nicaragua, you might find days with difficult situations, but these situations allow you to expand and put into practice your knowledge of medicine, providing a unique experience to your international volunteering experience.

 

TASKS TO DO

In the medicine and health program, the volunteer has the opportunity to observe how medical institutions work, to know more in depth the contribution and help that these small health and emergency centers provide to these most vulnerable populations. You will be part of the daily activities of the center, supporting the staff in the medical and general care of the community.

Depending on your experience, general knowledge,an ability to communicate in Spanish, you will beasked for support in the following activities:

  • First aid
  • Suture of wounds, vaccination, taking vital signs of patients who visit the center, support doctors and nurses in the delivery of medicines.
  • Blood and vision tests
  • General medicine
  • Administrative Support

During your volunteering experience, it may be possible that you have to give support duringa rescue activity, psychological exams or for driver’s licenses.

Depending on the time of year, the volunteer will receive a first aid training. The staff of the local center will carry out this training.All volunteers who participate in the medicine and health program in Nicaragua do so as assistants and support of the local medical staff of the center.

Depending on the needs that arise in the day at the center, the schedules may vary; this is due to emergencies that may arise.

Volunteers does not have to work on weekends,therefore, during this time they can get to know the country, go on excursions, shop or visit the town of Granada and its surroundings.

 

REQUIRED SKILLS

If you have done studies in the branches of health sciences, or you are still studying, you work in this field, you have experience in these areas and you are interested in volunteering in developing countries, then you meet the requirements to participate in the program of Health in Nicaragua of Adventure Volunteer.

 

SCHEDULE AND WORK PLACE

In the center, we have two shifts, although during the afternoon shift in which there is more activity. From 09:00am to 12:00 p.m. is the first shift and from 1:00pm to 5:00 p.m. the second one. The program is open all year round and works from Monday to Friday.

 

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

At a family house where the volunteer is staying, three meals will be provided from Monday to Sunday. Regularly served: rice and chicken, soups, vegetable salad, rice, potatoes, juices and soft drinks occasionally, desserts and fruits of the country.

Breakfast: served at 7:00 a.m.

Lunch: is served between 11:30 and 15:00pm

Dinner: is served after 7:00 p.m.

 

PROGRAM COSTS

 The cost of the program is divided into two parts.  A registration fee of €150 ($180)* is required initially.  The remaining fee of €535 ($ 660)* for the first two weeks is required 1 month before the start of the program.  There is an addition fee of €160 ($198)* for each additional week.

2 SEMANAS

535€

610$

3 SEMANAS

695€

790$

4 SEMANAS

855€

970$

5 SEMANAS

1015€

1150$

6 SEMANAS

1175€

1330$

8 SEMANAS

1495€

1690$

10 SEMANAS

1815€

2050$

12 SEMANAS

2135€

 2410$

*Fees are subject to current currency exchange rates (costs are in Euros).  Currency exchange rates for specific dates can be checked here: https://conversormoneda.com/ 

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM?

  • Airport Pickup
  • Accommodation at the volunteer house
  • Three (3) meals a day
  • Orientation day in the project area
  • Adventure Volunteer 24/7 Support
  • Program monitoring and evaluation meeting
  • Induction to the program
  • Volunteer certificate upon completion if required

 

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM?

  • Flight to Nicaragua
  • Immigration Tax (US$10)
  • Health insurance
  • Internal transport
  • Return to the airport on the last day
  • Drinks or special foods
  • Travel inside or outside the country
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