Volunteer Guidelines & Requirements

Hands on Experience for undergraduate students

Triage: The volunteer will be expected to be able to take height, weight, blood pressure, respiration rates, pulse, and clinical history.

Additional: The volunteer will also be trained to do the following: glucose meter tests for diabetes, auscultation exams, and potentially assist the nurses with administering vaccines

Hands on Experience for graduate students

Triage: The volunteer will be expected to be able to take height, weight, blood pressure, respiration rates, pulse, and clinical history in basic triage every day.

Additional: The volunteer will also be trained to do the following: glucose meter tests for diabetes, auscultation exams, and potentially assist the nurses with administering vaccines. Students already in post-graduate programs will be encouraged to get more hands on experience with the patient under the supervision of a physician. They may be able to assist with pap smears and/or prostate exams. Physical therapy, chiropractic students and dental students will be able to practice under their respected licensed doctors as well.

Shadowing

All volunteers will be able to shadow local doctors in one or more of the following rotations in a local Trujillo hospital: ultrasound, surgery, dentistry, physical therapy, pediatric, topical, X-rays and labor & delivery.

Certificates - No certificates are required.
EMT, phlebotomy (particularly for the campaign against anemia), doula, CPR certificates a plus

Training - No previous training is required.
A local Peruvian doctor will teach 3 medical classes per week to prepare the students for what they may see in the clinic(s). These class topics cover everything from vital signs, blood pressure, auscultation techniques, to vaccine and IV insertion, labor & delivery, surgical aseptic techniques, common Peruvian diseases, Peruvian public health, and more.

Health Education

All volunteers will be expected to take part in the education component of the clinic. Common topics: Nutrition, Diabetes, Anemia, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Sanitation & Hygiene, Oral Care, Community Health and Women Empowerment

Requirements

  • At least a basic knowledge of the Spanish language
  • Interest and passion in global health
  • Acceptance and respect for other cultures
  • Proactive
  • Works well in teams