Volunteers are the heart and soul of the clinic. Our volunteers are doctors,nurses, medical students, public health workers, social workers, teachers and more. Volunteers take on many critical roles at the clinic.
US doctors volunteer from a few weeks to several months taking care of Centro Medico patients and supervising rotating US medical students and residents. Meanwhile, the doctors gain valuable knowledge of tropical diseases and learn to apply their knowledge in a clinical setting with minimal technology. Residents and 4th year medical students complete tropical and rural medicine rotations at the clinic for credit. Some students also teach basic healthcare to community groups.
Non-clinical volunteers have performed needs assessments of the surrounding communities, developed a variety of health programs, taught health education and set up classes in computers and English. Volunteers in the US have also helped fundraise and coordinate clinic events.
Many of our volunteers have come in not knowing much about healthcare in Bolivia, but despite these obstacles, have accomplished impressive goals and helped saved lives. Overall, our volunteers come from other countries but always end up becoming a part of Bolivian culture and leave with a new family.
Contact our North America Coordinator if you’re interested in joining as a volunteer at firstname.lastname@example.org