Volunteer in Guatemala Medical Clinic and Center for the Care of Malnourished Babies
Medical Clinic and Center for the Care of Malnourished Babies
Project Overview: A special recuperation center for malnourished babies. The project was officially started in 2008, due to the great number of infants suffering from critical levels of malnourishment caused by various factors – in most cases neglect caused by severe economic limitations within the family. The children cared for by the center are between 0-5 years old. The majority of children have severe malnutrition issues, health problems or some kind of disability, and are referred to the center by the National Hospital or by the parents themselves. The severity of treatment given to the babies depends on the level of malnutrition they present upon arrival at the center.
Location: The project can be reached in 10 minutes by bus from anywhere in Antigua, or you can walk there in 20 minutes from the central park.
Project Mission: To give timely nutrition treatment to all babies and children who arrive in states of severe malnutrition, and to train parents on the importance of good nutrition.
VOLUNTEERING WITH MALNOURISHED BABIES
- Help with the daily feeding and care of the babies.
- Help the nurses to conduct a careful monitoring of the progress of each baby.
- Occupy the babies with activities and games.
- Help maintain the hygiene and cleanliness of the babies.
VOLUNTEERING IN MEDICAL/DENTAL CLINIC (for volunteers with certain medical experience/training?)
The same center that looks after the malnourished babies (see above) also contains a small medical center, where they offer basic medical and dental care to families with limited economic resources.
- Help receive visitors to the center.
- Carry out general medical and/or dental check-ups.
- Treat minor issues or injuries.
- Assist the doctor with whatever they need.
For both types of volunteers (Care of Babies/Medical Center):
Working Hours: morning: 8:30am - 12:00pm (approx).
afternoon: 1.00pm - 5.00pm (approx).
Suggested Volunteering Dates: Volunteers can participate in a placement at any time of year.
Minimum Length of Placement: minimum 2 weeks.
Location: Situated in Central America, bordered west and north by Mexico, east by Belize and Honduras, southeast by El Salvador and south by the Pacific Ocean. The capital is the City of Guatemala.
Climate: Often described as the ‘land of the eternal springtime’, due to its tropical and sub-tropical climate. A country with varied climates, but remains warm and sunny most months of the year, with lower temperatures at night. The mountainous geography of Guatemala – varying from sea level to 4200m above sea level - creates many variations in weather and temperature.
Culture: The ethnic diversity of Guatemala’s current population is reflected by the presence of descendants of various peoples – Mayan, Spanish, Afro-Caribbean, Mexican and (to a smaller extent) Northern American. The typical weavings and traditional dress are still made according to Mayan tradition, and there are still numerous Mayan ruins found at important archeological sites across Guatemala. The enduring mystery and magic of the Mayan civilization can still be felt at sites such as Tikal, Aguateca, Quirigua and Yaxha. Guatemala stands out amongst other Latin American countries for being the country with the highest population of indigenous people.
Tourism: Over the last few years Guatemala has become one of the most visited countries in Central America, with its Mayan traditions, vibrant history and incredible volcanic landscape proving to be a fantastic tourist attraction.
Language: The official spoken language is Spanish, but there exist 24 different Mayan languages. Years ago there were many more Mayan languages that have disappeared over the course of time.
Currency: The official currency of Guatemala is the Quetzal, $1 (7,65Q), 1EUR (8,35Q).
These details could vary according to future currency fluctuation.
Each volunteer will be provided housing with a Guatemalan host family in a charming house – either located in the small city of Antigua or in the community in which you will be carrying out your volunteer placement. The majority of rooms are single-occupancy, although some are shared with other volunteers. They are simple, clean rooms with all the basic necessities and the families are incredibly warm and welcoming. Each volunteer will be provided clean bedding and a home-cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday-Saturday.
- Volunteers must be 18 years old or above.
- High level of Spanish fluency for non-native Spanish speakers.
- When working with children with nutrition issues, the volunteer must demonstrate great responsibility, patience and maturity.
- The volunteer must have a positive attitude and be very willing to learn and adapt to the surroundings.
- The volunteer must be highly flexible and prepared to work in a challenging environment with little to no resources.
- Experience working with – and an excellent manner towards – children would be preferred.
- The volunteer must be proficient at both working in a team and working independently.
- The volunteer must be completely dedicated to the experience of volunteering.
4 weeks: 560 Euros ($625)
3 weeks: 480 Euros ($535)
2 weeks: 415 Euros ($465)
Extra week: 75 Euros ($80)
(These prices could vary slightly according to fluctuations in the $-EUR Exchange Rate).
These prices include:
- Pick-up and transport from Guatemala’s national airport, La Aurora, to your accommodation (one way).
- Accomodation with a host family, including 3 meals Monday-Friday.
- Presence of a Volunteer Coordinator to support you throughout your placement.
- Organization of your volunteer placement in a project of your choice, and a donation to the project.
These prices do not include:
- Plane ticket
- Travel insurance (obligatory)
- Contact us either by phone, email or by filling in the following application form.
- Once you have chosen your volunteering project and have confirmed your start and end dates, you will need to provide us with your exact flight dates (date, flight number, arrival time).
- We will send you a breakdown of the price of the program that you choose.
- Before departure we ask you to make a deposit of your program cost to the ONGVoluntariado Bank Account (the balance of your program cost will be settled in-country upon arrival).
- Before departure you will also receive all the information pertinent to your volunteer placement, Volunteer Contract, travel recommendations and useful info, and we will be available to resolve any doubts or issues you may have before commencing your placement.